Cinema, Podium en
Werkplek in Kortrijk

Mona Thijs (BE) & Astrid De Haes (BE)

Blueberries leave bruises on the skin

“An initial research for our new show Blueberries leave bruises on the skin, a trilingual (Dutch, English, French) theatrical performance with a physical twist, in which we ask the question: in what ways can we immortalise ourselves? And whence comes this urge to catapult ourselves into eternity?”

Mona Thijs (BE) & Astrid De Haes (BE)

Astrid De Haes (born 1996) started dancing when she was six and has had a keen interest in movement and the body ever since. She studied Autonomous Design at the School of Arts in Ghent. As a master’s thesis, she conducted preliminary research for her performance Untitled 1. This creation with four dancers and five musicians, and music by Abel Ghekiere, was selected for edition 2021 of Antwerp’s new-makers festival Love at first Sight. Astrid also created the dance solo After All in 2021 together with and for Pierre Bastin, which was shown at mobile open-air theatre De Carrousel in Antwerp.

Mona Thijs (1999) graduated with a master’s degree in Word Art and an educational master’s degree in Drama from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. Her short stories have appeared in the literary magazine DW B and columns in De Standaard and Klasse. Under the wings of theatre workshop HETGEVOLG in Turnhout, she supervised a music-theatre project for foreign-language newcomers together with musician Elias Durnez. She also realised Playlist van de pluk, a multilingual radio series in which she worked with the music, stories and languages of seasonal workers in the Haspengouw fruit harvest. Mona is currently working on her debut novel.

In residence

27 Feb 2023 – 11 Mar 2023

On tour

April 23 – April 24
Premiere Zuidpool | CC Brasschaat | De Singel | CC Muze | CC Gasthuis | CC Casino | CC De Steiger

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