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 Festoen

Music takes on different forms, moods and characters. As the second decennium of 2000 moves on, the strict borders between art disciplines have been evaporated. In the current avant-garde, it might that reinventing music is not always happening within itself. As Festoen, the young theatre duo of Linde Carrijn and Laura Vroom push music into the field of body movement and contemporary theater and the other way round. They strip it down to an abstract mass of detached emotion, creating an immersive and devastating experience unlike any other. The project’s name might hint towards classicistic and baroque methods. Back then, painters picture seemingly banal props and decoration to create a heightened symbolic context for the action or the scene.
14 February 2017 | AG 9

Claire Stragier, a young performance and visual artist herself, circulating in the same Ghentian Avant-Garde circles, sat down with the duo. Out of a lengthy conversation on how they started, and on their research, she distilled a mosaic of scenes. In

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A group of young artists rents a studio in Ghent together. They call it ‘De Schouwburg’ (The Theatre). They organize performance nights to show their work-in-progress to each other and their friends. On one of these nights Linde Carrijn was pe

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Two young women walk through a museum of fine arts. Studying paintings. The frozen movement of Caravaggio, dramatically lit natures mortes, Morandi’s desaturation.

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Linde Carrijn and Laura Vroom rehearse for a new performance at Vooruit. Long theatre curtains in the background. The curtains are borders, backdrop, walls, theatrical props, characters. As the duo moves from one rehearsal space to the other, they take

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Three young women sit in the café of an art school. Laura and Linde talk to me about their performance research.

"We treat music, light, characters or décor equally. So when we for example add sound, we use it at the same level as