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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 an enclosed 3-4m world made out of vulnerable (mouse)trap architectures.

1   A Sensitive Case: The Full Lenght Show


This show is set in a 3-4m space filled with fragile mousetraps architectures. In this vulnerable closed off world a human measures and traces every form and shape inside. Handstands, tight enclosures, balanced movement and a lot of challenges are the result of this. This exploration passes through a lot of unpredictability and fragile encounters. The audience participates in surrounding this world by setting up a barrier made out of their shoes and watches how this shared moment unfolds in front of them.

The set-up of this architecture of traps is open for everyone to enjoy as a first encounter with this universe (this can be viewed 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 7+ recommended
Artistic disciplines  Handstand, mousetrap manipulation, dance & theatre

This is a Non Spoken performance

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 – 9 hours has developed over time and has expanded to higher, more delicate and fragile forms. During the 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 – 9h
Venue  Indoors & On location
Audience  All audiences
Artistic discipline mousetrap sculpting within a specific time frame

This is a Non Spoken performance

Concept, Creation & Performance  Bert Vanden Berghe

Dramaturgical support Roberto Magro, Geert Belpaeme & Jamy Hollebeke

Other exterior Eyes  Aurelia Brailowsky, Christelle Dubois, Lien Vanbossele

Light & Sound Jamy Hollebeke & Wout Clarysse

Costume Bea Pensesini & Pauline Gaeremynck

Support in creation & development from Espace Catastrophe , Miramiro  & Maison des Cultures de Saint Gilles

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