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Poems and Other Emergencies

Mouth agape. Tongue fingering the air. Like that. I waited. A body. In detail. Delay.

Poems and Other Emergencies sits at the intersection of poetry and choreography. Centered on a fictional character The Girl-with-her-tongue-out, the performance questions if it is through language that we find ourselves a body, or through the body that we find language? Embodied voices and voiced bodies weave and echo throughout the space. Where does the word end and her body begin?

Poems and Other Emergencies uses the apparatus of the theatre to coincide the female body and language, to produce a sensuously situated speech. The poem becomes an event and the performers body emerges at the intersection of voices weaving a bodily and textual landscape. Using fragmentation and doubling in order to open an in-between, a space of contingency, for its narratives and subjects. 

The language of poetry speaks from the margins, from exile; it is reinvented each time it is heard. It is a language of withdrawal, divergence and differentiation. The poem sings out to the other without knowing what that other is. It is subjectivity in the making; through its echoes the poem overflows its writer. Poems and Other Emergencies positions the performer as a radical historicist, inscribing herself and the event, writing of this time with body and text.


Performance and Choreography: Chloe Chignell
Conversation partner: Adriano Wilfert Jensen
Sound Support: Anna Muchin
Thanks: Sven Dehens, Bojana Cvejic, Stefan Goovart, Deborah Birch and apass. 

Supported By: BUDA Kortrijk, VGC, Workspacebrussels, La Balsamine, Lucy Guerin Inc, Dancehouse Melbourne and Batard Festival Brussels.



Chloe Chignell


14 Jun until 19 Jun 2020 • rile*
Reading Room for The School for Temporary Liveness
28 Apr until 29 Apr 2020 • Performance
In Other Words by Ingrid Berger Myhre, Oslo
06 Apr until 29 Apr 2020 • Residency
In Other Words by Ingrid Berger Myhre, Rotterdam/Oslo


16 Mar until 20 Mar 2020 • Residency
In Other Words by Ingrid Berger Myhre, Rotterdam
02 Mar until 13 Mar 2020 • Residency
In Other Words by Ingrid Berger Mhyre, BUDA
22 Feb 2020 • rile*
Launch__Montez Press Interjection Calendar 005
30 Jan 2020 • rile*

rile* in conversation with Engagement Arts on self-organisation and publishing.

28 Jan until 02 Feb 2020 • rile*

rile* at Batard Festival, Brussels.

27 Jan until 03 Feb 2020 • Performance

Premiere of Poems and Other Emergencies, Batard Festival, Brussels.

22 Dec 2019 • Publication

Call for Submissions, This Container Edition 08.  

16 Dec 2019 • Workshop

Hosting P0$$€ dance and reading group, Melbourne. 

07 Dec until 20 Dec 2019 • Residency

Poems and Other Emergencies, Lucy Guerin Inc. Melbourne, Australia.

18 Nov until 23 Nov 2019 • Residency

Poems and Other Emergencies, Workspacebrussels, Belgium. 

17 Nov 2019 • rile*

Launch of Kathy Acker Early Writings, rile*, Brussels. 

11 Nov until 15 Nov 2019 • Teaching

Moving into Writing with Ann-Christin Kongsness at National Danish School for Performing Arts, Copenhagen. 

28 Oct until 03 Nov 2019 • Residency

Poems and Other Emergencies, Workspacebrussels, Belgium. 

26 Oct until 27 Oct 2019 • Performance

Deep Space by James Batchelor at Pompidou Málaga, Spain.

19 Oct until 20 Oct 2019 • Performance

Deep Space by James Batchelor at Tramway, Glasgow.

17 Oct 2019 • Performance

In Other Words by Ingrid Berger Myhre at CODA Oslo.

12 Oct 2019 • rile*

My Mother Laughs by Chantal Ackerman, with Translator Daniella Shreir, Rile*, Brussels. 

06 Oct 2019 • rile*

Cyberpositive with Maggie Roberts, Rile*, Brussels. 

11 Sep 2019 • Performance

Feelings by Adriano Wilfert Jensen at MDT, Stockholm.

11 Sep until 13 Sep 2019 • Teaching

Feelings of Forms/Forms of Feelings, as apart of Analysis by Adriano Wilfert Jensen. Danscentrum, Stockholm.

31 Aug until 31 Aug 2019 • Launch

This Container 07, Kule, Berlin.

28 Aug until 31 Aug 2019 • Performance

Deep Space by James Batchelor, Tanz Im August, Berlin.

25 Aug 2019 • rile*

Belladonna reading with Rachel Levitsky and Nathalie Rozanes, Rile*, Brussels. 

24 Aug 2019 • rile*

Launch: Not Not Nothing by Mette Edvardsen and Something Some things Something else by Jeroen Peeters, rile*, Brussels. 

19 Aug 2019 • Residency

Poems and Other Emergencies, Workspacebrussels, Belgium.

14 Aug until 16 Aug 2019 • Performance

Feelings by Adriano Wilfert Jensen, SAAL Biennaal, Tallinn, ES.

10 Aug 2019 • rile*

Next to all those organs you love, Rile*, Brussels. 

22 Jul until 27 Jul 2019 • Residency

Les Antécédentes by Anna Gaiotti, Ménagerie De Verre, Paris.

01 Jul until 12 Jul 2019 • Residency

Poems and Other Emergencies, BUDA, Kortrijk.

28 Jun until 28 Jun 2019 • Reading

The Girl-with-her-tongue-out at 'Words Don't Come Easy' by Feelings and Simon, Brussels.

10 Jun until 15 Jun 2019 • Workshop

Hosting Scene:Bluss P0$$€ edition at PIT Festival, Porsgrunn NO.

02 Jun until 02 Jun 2019 • Launch

This Container edition 07, rile*, Brussels.

02 Jun 2019 • rile*

Collective Launch: Koreografi (NO), Engagment Zine (BE) and This Container (SE/BE), Rile*, Brussels. 

20 May until 24 May 2019 • Teaching

Moving into Writing Workshop with Ann-Christin Kongsness, Praxis Festivalen, Olso.

18 May 2019 • Launch

This Container Edition 07, Insister Space, Stockholm.

09 May 2019 • Launch

Opening of Rile*, Brussels, Belgium. 

01 May until 02 May 2019 • Performance

Feelings by Adriano Wilfert Jensen, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva.

20 Apr until 21 Apr 2019 • Performance

Deep Space by James Batchelor at Centre Pompidou, Paris.

04 Apr until 07 Apr 2019 • Performance

Feelings by Adriano Wilfert Jensen, Dansehallerne, Copenhagen, Denmark.

21 Mar until 23 Mar 2019 • Performance

The Girl-with-her-tongue-out, with a.pass at Performatik, Kanal Pompidou, Brussels.

30 Jan until 30 Jan 2019 • Reading

The girl-with-her-tongue-out Twisted Tongues Reading Club curated by Roxanne Maillet, Damien and the Love Guru, Brussels.

24 Jan until 26 Jan 2019 • Performance

Premiere of Feelings by Adriano Wilfert Jensen, Bora Bora, Aarhus, Denmark.

16 Dec 2018 • Graphic Design

It is a Strange Realism but it is a Strange Reality, ArtCinema Offoff, Gent and feeelings, Brussels.

10 Dec until 22 Dec 2018 • Residency

Feelings by Adriano Wilfert Jensen, Kanuti Saal, Tallinn, ES.

08 Dec until 09 Dec 2018 • Performance

Deep Space by James Batchelor, December Dans, Brugges, Belgium.

02 Nov 2018 • Screening

Slick Emergencies (film edition of...as if leaking), Paperworks Magazine Event Edition, Nottingham, UK.