News and events at the Centre de recherches francophones belges.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and visitors. Please note that, in the interests of audience and speaker wellbeing during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, our events will be hosted online during semester 2.
Belgian actor and violinist Catherine Graindorge tells the story of her lawyer father Michel and her experience of caring for him in the last months of his life. One of four Fringe events supported by the Centre de Recherches Francophones Belges in conjunction with Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI).
A live rock concert for young moshers aged 5+ by Belgian indie supergroup Comète. One of four Fringe events supported by the Centre de Recherches Francophones Belges in conjunction with Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI).
A groundbreaking mix of dance, hiphop, beatboxing and burlesque from Belgian choreographer Milan Emmanuel. One of four Fringe events supported by the Centre de Recherches Francophones Belges in conjunction with Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI).
Belgian choreographer Isabella Soupart partners with the MP4 Quartet to re-imagine three of Reich’s most famous works in dance. One of four Fringe events supported by the Centre de Recherches Francophones Belges in conjunction with Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI).
A collaboration between the choreographer Leslie Mannès, the composer Thomas Turine AKA Sitoid and the light designer Vincent Lemaître, Atomic 3001 is a futuristic dance ritual which submits a being to a perpetual and incoercible pulse drawing her into some infernal dance machine. This sound implacably brings her to exhaustion, trance and incandescence.
A quintet between pianist/composer and four dancers, Autóctonos II questions belonging to a group, in this society of endurance, indifference and productivity. Both abstract and mathematical at first sight, the piece bases its writing on the physical tenacity and commitment of its performers. A power that is highly sensitive, held together by an ever finer thread.
Using a set made of chairs and the rhythm of cello and voice, two dancers revisit these familiar objects. They organise, transform and move around the space. As it gets installed and shared in various ways, the chair becomes a playground, a place for fancy, an opportunity for meetings. Be it stable or unstable, light or brutish, between building and undoing, dance appears.
In this year's Fringe Festival the Focus Company and the Chaliwaté Company collaborate for the first time to write and create a surprising and touching performance. North Pole, 4 am. Under a snowstorm powerful enough to wrestle with a sequoia, a used-up van finds its way across the icecap. Three reporters land on the ice as if stepping on the moon for the first time. A bear stares straight at them. The team gets ready…
*POSTPONED* The figure of Gengis Khan in 20th Century European Literature
Dr Benedetta de Bonis' lecture has been postponed, date to be confirmed. "The figure of Gengis Khan in 20th Century European Literature: on Violence, Idealisation, and Otherness". A free seminar by guest speaker Dr Benedetta de Bonis (University of Bologna, Italy)
Museums, memorials and exhibitions. The renewal of the offer in the context of the Centenary
Dr Chantal Kesteloot, Doctor in Contemporary History, Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society in Anderlecht (Belgium) takes part in an international conference on 'World War One and its legacy: How museums depict and interpret conflict and genocide?'.
This interdisciplinary project seeks to explore the role that the creative arts (literature, film, media, art) have played in offering representations and explorations of minds, and relationships, therapies and mental health, and more pressingly, ill-health.
(Event image courtesy of the Freud Museum London)
Dr Caroline Verdier (French, University of Strathclyde) will give a paper on ‘Perceptions of “Poor little Belgians” in the West of Scotland during the First World War’, as part of a conference 'Perceptions of the Other'.
The Centre de Recherches Francopones Belges is deligthed to confirm François Damiens will be present at the Film House to meet the audience before and after the screening of his long feature Mon Ket / Dany.
In celebration of La fête de la Langue Française and La Fête de la Francophonie, l’Institut Français, in collaboration with Wallonie Bruxelles International is delighted to present the UK premiere screening of Les Villes Tentaculaires.
The CFRB presents a portrait of the city of Brussels and its inhabitants (in French, with subtitles in English). This free screening will be followed by a discussion with film director Maria Tarantino.