“THE SMELL OF A CAMP FIRE. YES THAT’S IT.”

Think grace, movement, romance. Carmen embraces life from her inner gift to shape movement. After her experience at P.A.R.T.S, the highly praised dance studio of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Carmen explored fields of choreography. She feels driven by dance, but even more culture in the broad sense. This is where she finds inspiration, connection and beauty.

Carmen directed recently the dance performance of the WORKS festival. She translated values into movement through the artistic diversity in the Antwerp creative sectors. Over 30 dancers came from different horizons to participate to the audition. Recognising the strong characteristics of the dancers in order to connect them to artistic statements of the creatives within time and space. That was the biggest challenge of this last production.

Today she shares her feelings and visions with us.

Word chosen by Carmen : FAMILY

The last time you use / hear / experienced this word or expression?

My last spontaneous visit to my grand mother, last week. To feel her during a very short instant, where I felt fully connected to her energetic being : humble, serene, relaxed, sitting in her throne, with no pressure of time and space, drinking a beer, watching television in this warm comfy living space, with no yes or no... Just the two of us. Sharing stories about life, stories I've never heard before. A life moment that I will remember for the rest of my life. Complete proximity in full simplicity.

What is the inherent emotion you feel in this word or expression?

A nest, or nostalgic feeling of the feeling of being at “home”. I remember the place of my aunt, where all family members joined for a quality dinner time, just to mark a moment of “togetherness”.

Which object / shape do you see in this word or expression?

“Really an object?” ... Well I would rather connect it to something warm, like fire, where you feel connected. The smell of a camp fire. Yes, that’s it.

How is this word or expression related to you or your work?

The way how “family” relates to my work is more a feeling of confirmation, a witness of my realisation, a direct voice of appreciation or critique, because I know that this voice will be pure. Not only as a confirmation, but also as a motivator to push my limits. Family as a critical radar of my work.

Which material would you associate with this word or expression?

A natural material. Again, I think about wood, but rather the spirit of a forest, where you can find a lot of wood on a large scale. A field where life keeps on growing, where time affects it’s shape or texture, throughout the seasons and forever. Starting from something small, a seed, with deep roots, within an evolutive cycle, but always staying together.

Thinking about cork, can you imagine an object linked to this word or expression?

Cork connected to natural light, always coming back and forth. Like a lamp in several shapes and formats. Or even better associated to fire ... So let’s say a candleholder.

Which word / expression / value / quote is omnipresent in your life... To pass on.

AUTHENTICITY.