Monstrous Encounters of Clowns

In this work Nada and her team attack notions of safety, danger, invisible enemies, states of emergency, conflict and collaboration. To what extent do our expectations and prejudices feed our fears? How do we behave in a fearful context that is at once both unsettling and ridiculous? Images and situations that we recognize from media coverage of actual events are de-contextualized, placed into a new environment that is governed by unfamiliar rules. By uniting performers and spectators in this space Monstrous Encounters of Clowns wants to open up reality to interpretation and reflection: to let reality linger in a space of imagination and emotion.

Within an open space the audience is encouraged to move around in what could be perceived as a training camp, where equal portions of collaboration and menace are maintained. By having to negotiate their place within the work, the spectators become both protagonists and witnesses at the same time. With a healthy dose of absurdity and a flavour of DIY, an ambiguous universe is evoked within which the human and the monstrous meet.

Monstrous Encounters of Clowns – An attempt to swallow the world (group creation) concludes a two-year research on topics from contemporary life in which brutality and violence rub against superficiality, the ridiculous and the humorous.

Premiere: 7.10 2016 Buda Arts Center, Kortrijk (BE)

Nada Gambier

1980 FI, BE
Nada Gambier (1980, Finland) studied dance in The Place in London and P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. Her first solo Fragments of ReMembering but Forcing to Forget was shown as part of Parts@Tour in Belgium, Slovenia and Portugal. In 2002 she received a fund of the Arts Council of Finland to participate in the Danceweb program of the Impulstanz Festival in Vienna. With her solo Confessions - The autopsy of a performance (2003) she toured throughout Europe. She participated in the creation Beginnings/Endings of Charlotte Vanden Eynde in 2005.

After the premiere of her new performance Act of living - Catalogue of failure in October 2006, she worked on What’s Wrong?, the new creation of Christian Duarte, Peter Fol and Shani Granot, which premiered in 2007 in Monty (Antwerp). Then she performed in Point Blank van Edit Kaldor. In 2008 she created Once upon a time in Petaouchnok.

Nada Gambier had in collaboration with wpZimmer an artistic trajectory from 2003 until 2009.


Direction by: Nada GambierMade and performed with: Sara Manente, Marcos Simoes, Thomas Kasebacher, Mark EtchellsMusic and sound: Christophe AlbertijnLight design and technical direction: Jitske VandenbusscheSet and costumes developed in collaboration with: Sofie DurnezProduction: Action ScéniqueCo-production: BUDA kunstencentrumWith the support of: Szene Salzburg (AT), Wp Zimmer (BE) and Pact Zollverein (DE)Structurally supported by: Flemish Ministry of Culture (structural subsidies 2015-16) and VGC in Brussels (structural subsidy 2016)