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Tessa Hall

Medusa is Laughing • Studio STUK

In the frame of the master programme at P.A.R.T.S. Tessa Hall (NZ) made a study of ‘The Laugh of the Medusa’ by the French femininist author Hélène Cixous. Through her literary genre coined as ‘écriture féminine’, Cixous challenged the conventional bounds of patriarchal language. Hall’s physical research of the text gave birth to a personage. She is Medusa. Like Cixous, Medusa wants to invent a language that encapsulates all female narratives. She moves in an impossibly inefficient, illogical and explosive way until another body arrives... or another. Medusa sabotages all reason.

Tessa Hall is originally from New Zealand. She joined the Training Cycle at P.A.R.T.S. in 2016 and the STUDIOS program in 2019. Tessa’s interests lead her to take on various roles from performer to writer, researcher, curator and organizer.
She has written various texts for Rosas, including a piece published for the 2020 revival of Drumming.

Tessa’s research has a feminist focus with particular interest in sexual difference philosophy. Her work is often about the voice of women—written and spoken, on paper and on the stage. This has led her to develop a platform called SHE talk that aims to make space for this.

Studio STUK
Dance, Image & Sound in the iconic Manhattan
with De Hoorn

➤ GETTING THERE: The Manhattan is situated next to the Vaart Leuven-Mechelen. / On foot : 20 min from Leuven train station / By bike: Cycle highway F8 and F3 / Public transport: Take the Outer ring road bus (line 600) and get of at stop Engels Plein / By car : parking Vaartkom.

➤ ACCESSIBILITY: The venue is accessible for wheelchair users. The regular sanitary facilities are accessible by elevator. Unfortunately, there is no accessible toilet.

➤ STUDIO CAFÉ: Our café opens at 19:30. Come early, stay late.

➤ SAFER SPACE: Studio STUK aims to be an inclusive space for everyone. We take every form of intimidation seriously. Don't hesitate to talk to a STUK colleague or a person behind the bar.


Concept and choreography Tessa Hall | Text Tessa Hall. Based on “The Laugh of the Medusa”, Hélène Cixous | Mentor support Bojana Cvejić | Residency support Centre Chorégraphique National d'Orléans, Wild Gallery | Thanks to Bleu Printemps, Solène Wachter, Synne Elve Enoksen, Margarida Marques Ramalhete | Created in the frame of the Master programme STUDIOS at P.A.R.T.S.
Wed 12 Oct 2022 20:30


  • Kolonel Begaultlaan 21
  • 3012 Leuven


€ 14/10

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