AntwerpThe Antwerp Fashion Museum may be closed for a few months, but the doors are not hermetically closed. During the closure, the impressive staircase will become a stage for various performances during ‘Where We Are’. The museum had theater maker Sachli Gholamalizad put together a program that will fill three evenings, on March 25 and April 1 and 15.
The Antwerp Fashion Museum recently had bad news: it reopened on September 1, 2021 after a renovation, but had to close again for eight months at the end of January. The climate control does not meet the requirements, which could have consequences for the conservation of the museum in the long term.
However, on March 25, April 1 and April 15, a three-day festival will take place in the monumental staircase of the museum. Indeed, it remains easily accessible to visitors. The museum invited theater maker Sachli Gholamalizad to put together a program. “I thought it was interesting to ask artists who are not related to fashion, but who can make a link with MoMu,” said Gholamalizad. There is no classic common thread in the program, although there is perhaps ‘authenticity’: the artists have a character, none of them past in a certain framework. The road each of them has traveled and who they are is in itself a reason to be there. For the museum itself, this is an opportunity to let people with a different profile find their way to MoMu.”
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Music in the MoMu
“Last year, with the integration of a performance by Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe in our opening exhibition E/MOTION, we started exploring how we could broaden our operations”, Kaat Debo, director of MoMu, continues. “In the future we want to develop further with other disciplines such as music, dance, theater and performance, and this also outside the exhibition spaces and outside our usual openings. In this way, we want to think about the impact that fashion has on our society and explore how the museum can depict and share these themes with its public in the future.”
The program includes performances, music and dance. On March 25 you will see Noémie Schellens, Mirko Banovic, Carolina Maciel de França and Thi-mai Ngyen at work in the stairwell. On April 1, Sara Yu Zeebroeck, Geoffrey Burton, Darius Dolatyari and Ariah Lester take over the MoMu. Sachli himself will close the program on 15 April with Aldo Struyf, Jan De Vroede, Erik Heestermans, supplemented by Sorour Darabi and Lafawndah. The performances always start at 8 p.m. The doors open at 19:00 and close again at 23:30. The MoMu Café will also be open every evening. Those who can’t wait can already attend the Sylvie Kreusch concert on February 26 in an intimate duo setup in the MoMu stairwell. Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe is the support act. With the performance, MoMu wants to perform the corona show on the late night.
tickets costs 20 euros (15 euros for -25 years).
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