A Room Of One’s Own

A Room Of One’s Own

Ilse Ghekiere

This residency is a first performative stage in the research process A Dance Of One’s Own. Last May, Ilse received a grant from the Flemish government to investigate sexism in the Belgian dance context. A Dance Of One’s Own refers to the feminist essay A Room Of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. Just like Woolf’s essay, it looks for the literal and figurative understanding of space in relation to the art canon, dominated by the archetype of the white male.  


Ilse Ghekiere dances, writes, researches and teaches. Starting from her training in dance (Artesis Hogeschool) and art history (Free University of Brussels), she researches the relation between literature, body politics and gender history. Ilse works in different sectors and with different media. As a dancer she has collaborated with choreographers like Michèle Anne De Mey, Mette Ingvartsen, Jan Martens, Stina Nuyberg, Cecilia Lisa Eliceche, Manon Santkin and Pavle Heidler. Parallel to her career as a dancers, she has developed an educational project for kindergarten education that resulted from her prize-winning master thesis Het Tik Tak-verhaal. Recently, she has written her first feature film The Rules For Everything, together with Norvegian director Kim Hiorthøy. Thanks to a grant from the Flemish government, she reoriented her diffuse practice in 2016, now focusing on the development of feminist art practices. Ilse is part of PUSH, a European network stimulating gender equality in youth theatre, and she works as artist in residence at RoSa (archive for feminism and gender equality), where she leads the online project OpenCanon. 

STUK Atelier 2
Tue 29 Aug 2017 - Sun 3 Sep 2017.

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