Today, Joke Quaghebeur, director of Opendoek; Yassin Mrabtifi, dancer and choreographer with Ultima Vez; Jan Wallyn, artistic coordinator in Zinnema; Michaël De Cock, artistic director KVS and Marie-Ange Gillis, TV presenter at BRUZZ: the jury of Brussels Bijou 2019, announced the 7 finalists who will compete in Bozar on the 29th and 30th of November 2019 for the second Brussels Bijou prize.

Brussels Bijou is a project initiated by VGC-representative Pascal Smet in collaboration with the VGC, Zinnema, Bozar and BRUZZ. Brussels Bijou, therefore, is the moment for freelance artists from our capital: it's the moment for theater makers, musicians, choreographers, dancers and other types of stage conquerors to take their chance. Applicants were asked to create a performance with the urban context of Brussels in mind. Artists could submit their ideas between the 3rd of April and the 25th of May. Out of all participants, both Dutch and French, seven finalists were chosen by a jury of five professionals.

The finalists are:

RONIN, a contemporary hip-hop collective from Brussels with their innovative and creative piece, Chikara: which is Japanese for "energy".

RUTH BRUYNEEL with A Girl's Guide to Hunting. A youthful and surprising piece in which different generations of women play. A group of girls who want to start a revolution together by reflecting on their own existence and that of women in general.

TINT with LOU, a poetic concept that originated from the young people themselves in which they deal with death in their own ways.

JUSTINE SCOURNEAUX with SEASONS. Her play tries to break through the taboos around heterosexual and homosexual love.

PIETER GYSSELS with #Dorian. A new theater production whose concept revolves around a unique and bold choice to confront social media.

OUMAR DIALLO with Kifesh. A young artist and activist from our Brussels hip hop scene who depicts the possible love and friendship that can exist between two men.

SELASI DOGBATSE with A Piece of me... Selasi literally wants to show a piece of herself and thus inspire others. She goes for a dynamic spectacle; mainly hip hop.

The winner of the Brussels Bijou prize will receive a trophy, a working budget of 2000 euros and an artistic residency in Zinnema, the open talent house in Brussels, to make a creation. The Audience Award worth 1000 euros goes to the project with the most votes from the spectators. They also receive a prize trophy, designed by Peter Vermandere, jewelry art teacher at the RHOK in Etterbeek.

The winner of the 2017 edition, Nadine Baboy, saw her artistic career boom: she performers her winning piece Désintégration culturelle all over the world and recently participated in Don Quichotte, a production of KVS that toured Europe last month.


Interviews and information: Jan Wallyn - 0477 133 476