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Photography: Jakob Rosseel

A Sensitive case is a two part project that intertwines mousetrap sculpting with a circus show about the search through a world of sensitive & precisely shaped trap architectures

1   A Sensitive Case: The Full Lenght Show


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This show is set in a 3m-4m universe made entirely out of mousetraps. In it a human measures and traces every form inside. Handstands, tight enclosures, balanced movement and a lot of challenges are the result of this. It is an exploration that provokes and limits the artist in his own game. The audience participates in enclosing the stage by setting up a barrier made out of their own shoes before the world unfolds in front of them.

The one hour set-up of this architecture of traps is open for everyone to enjoy as a first taste of this universe (this can be seen as a live building performance). After this ‘zen garden‘ is installed the show goes on a search through this precisely set-up world to uncover what hides inside.

Duration  45 minutes
Venue  Indoor & On location (in negotiation)
Audience  age 8+ recommended
Artistic disciplines  Handstand, mousetrap manipulation, dance & theatre

2   A Sensitive Case: A Mousetrap Sculpting Live Performance


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Since 2018 this project has gained a specific style of sculpting with mousetraps. Constructing curves, towers & more organic shapes with this material. It purely relies on hooking and trapping (no glue or nails) together with a technique that comes from the art of stone stacking.

This live building marathon session of 2 – 15 hours has developed over time and has expanded to higher, more complex and delicate forms. During the whole period I sculpt different shapes that challenge myself and push the previously made forms further. The slow process of building, collapsing & traps that suddenly snap is open to everyone to observe however they see fit.

This live experiment is filmed with a frame lapse camera. The results in a short sped up image that shows the rise and fall of all things made that day.

Duration  2h – 15h (aimed at the demand)
Venue  Indoors & On location
Audience  All audiences
Artistic discipline mousetrap sculpting within a specific time frame

Concept, Creation & Performance  Bert Vanden Berghe

Exterior Eyes  Aurelia Brailowsky, Christelle Dubois, Lien Vanbossele, Roberto Magro & Geert Belpaeme

Support in creation & development from Espace Catastrophe

Support from Latitude 50, Espace Catastrophe, Circuscentrum, De Vlaamse overheid, Quai 41, Maison des Cultures de Saint Gilles, De Grote Post, Miramiro & Circusplaneet

partners ASC