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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.

Choreography and Performance: Chloe Chignell
Dramaturgy: Adriano Wilfert Jensen
Sound: Anna Munchin
Thanks to: Bojana Cvejic,  Stefan Goovart, Sven Dehens and Deborah Birch.

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

Chloe Chignell


27-03 Feb 2020 • Performance

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

28-02 Feb 2020 • rile*

rile* at 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. 

07-20 Dec 2019 • Residency

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

18-23 Nov 2019 • Residency

Poems and Other Emergencies, Workspacebrussels, Belgium. 

17 Nov 2019 • rile*

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

11-15 Nov 2019 • Teaching

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

28-03 Nov 2019 • Residency

Poems and Other Emergencies, Workspacebrussels, Belgium. 

26-27 Oct 2019 • Performance

Deep Space by James Batchelor at Pompidou Málaga, Spain.

Less recent still present

19-20 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.

11-13 Sep 2019 • Teaching

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

31-31 Aug 2019 • Launch

This Container 07, Kule, Berlin.

28-31 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.

14-16 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. 

22-27 Jul 2019 • Residency

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

01-12 Jul 2019 • Residency

Poems and Other Emergencies, BUDA, Kortrijk.

28-28 Jun 2019 • Reading

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


10-15 Jun 2019 • Workshop

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

02-02 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. 

20-24 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.

09-09 May 2019 • Launch

Opening of Rile*, Brussels, Belgium. 

01-02 May 2019 • Performance

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

20-21 Apr 2019 • Performance

Deep Space by James Batchelor at Centre Pompidou, Paris.

04-07 Apr 2019 • Performance

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

21-23 Mar 2019 • Performance

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

07-09 Feb 2019 • rile*

rile* at Moveable Types curated by Frances Horn, Witte de With, Rotterdam. 

30-30 Jan 2019 • Reading

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

30 Jan 2019 • rile*

rile* in conversation with Engagement Arts on self-organisation and publishing. 17:00 at Beursshowburg for Batard 2020.