an international festival of expanded choreography initiated and curated by H2DANCE

A Future Letter To Consent + Dinner

READING + Discursive dinner

Ilse Ghekiere

Thurs 6 JUN, 6—8pm
APT Gallery
Back room
6 Creekside
London SE8 4SA

A buffet and a glass of wine are included in the ticket. Limited number: 20 tix only.

“A Future Letter To Consent” is a performative reading of some of my messy notes on consent in dance. It is in collaboration with Elsa B. Mason, an illustrator who visually practices the deconstruction of white patriarchy and the need to address feminist failure. The text is based on the activist and discursive work that I have been doing with Engagement Arts (BE), an artist-led movement that was formed in the wake of #MeToo. I will also present my current research on 1) the heterosexual duet and 2) the performer’s right to their own image. Departing from this, I invite all guests at the table to share their own thoughts and reflections on these topics.

Concept & Performance: Ilse Ghekiere
With support of Kulturdirektoratet/Arts and Culture Norway (and Belgian Embassy of Belgium in the United Kingdom?)


Ilse Ghekiere

llse Ghekiere is an Belgian artist and art critic who works as a dancer, writer, researcher and lecturer. She studied dance at the Conservatory of Antwerp and has a MA in Art Sciences from The Free University of Brussels. As a dancer she has worked with, among others, Michèle Anne De Mey, Mette Ingvartsen, Jan Martens. In 2017, she received a scholarship from the Flemish Government to investigate sexism in the Belgian dance field. She is the founder of ENGAGEMENT ARTS, an artists’ movement that tackles sexual harassment, sexism and abuse of power in the art world. This platform has made her a spokesperson on these issues, ranging from giving lectures and workshops in art education to speaking for the EU-Parliament. In 2020, she moved to Oslo. Her artistic work is deeply research based and explores the tensions between sexual liberation and oppression in the arts. Her critical writing has appeared in publications such as Norsk Shakespeare Tidsskrift, Rekto:Verso and Etcetera Magazine. Since 2020, she has been a board member of PRAXIS and co-established a dance studio in Oslo that supports the experimental dance field. Recently she worked again as a dancer for the Norwegian choreographers and researchers Solveig Styve Holte and Janne-Camilla Lyster.