> co-presented with Beursschouwburg
In Le Cendrier du Gaze, Pierre-Patrice “Pepe” Kasses relates to the figure of Zwarte Piet.
Can embodying such a controversial and charged symbol challenge and nuance our view of the black body? In this performance Pepe shows that as a black performer he often has to play roles that he has not chosen himself. Entering into a dialogue with Zwarte Piet is no mean feat, but little by little he shows a different side to himself. With his solo Pepe wants to place narratives from the past into a contemporary context and make them his own.
Concept & performance: Pierre-Patrice Kasses – Dramaturgy & performance: Loucka Fiagan –
Production assistant: Chiara Monteverde – Partner: Buenos Tiempos, Int. – Residency support:
Pierre-Patrice “Pépé” Kasses is a queer artist living and working in Brussels. He graduated as a graphic designer from E.R.G. in 2017, and found his way into performance through the cabaret and queer scene in Brussels (Ne mosquito pas, Not allowed glitter’s time, or Le cabaret du Tipi). His practice includes music, dance and theatre. Pépé is interested in questioning the imagery and dynamics that haunt him when he takes the stage.
The show on the first evening (15th April) is a separatistic evening for people of the global majority/BIPOC. So please only book that evening if you identify with those terms. The show on the 16th of April is open for all. ---- We, Adam and Amina Seid Tahir, see how the terms BIPOC and people of color are less fortunate in their attempts of combating white supremacist andimperialistic ideologies, since they form in relation to whiteness (those ”not of color”) and therefore keeps whiteness as the norm. We rather use the term people of the global majority since we aren’t interested in identifying in relation to whiteness or white supremacy. ---- The term Global Majority was coined by Rosemary Campbell-Stephens. ”Global Majority refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and or have been racialised as 'ethnic minorities’.” 1 This term was created for people of the global majority to not have to identify in relation to whiteness and to emphasize the fact that these groups make up the majority of the world’s population, specifically 80%. ---- The reason for choosing to use the term BIPOC despite this, is because we’re aware that the term people of the global majority hasn’t received as widespread attention yet. And since our main goal for this showing is to welcome our siblings from the global majority for a showing without the presence of a white colonial gaze, we choose to use the term that seems to be most commonly used in this festivals locality. ---- 1. Global Majority; Decolonising the language and Reframing the Conversation about Race” by Rosemary Campbell-Stephens, 2020