Silke Huysmans | Hannes Dereere (Brussels)


11.11. 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm



Entrance € 14,00 | Reduced € 7,00


Portuguese, English and Dutch with English supertitles

MINING STORIES is one of multiple productions by emerging artists that will be shown at the final day of SPIELART Festival. They can be visited one after another on Nov 11. For more information click here.

MINING STORIES is a documentary performance that deals with a mining disaster in Silke Huysmans’ hometown region Minas Gerais in Brazil. On November 5, 2015 a dam there meant to hold back the toxic waste from the work being done in a mine burst and unleashed a toxic mud avalanche that destroyed several villages. In a region where more than three quarters of the inhabitants work in the mining industry, Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere spoke with the people who are affected by this catastrophe, and in this way they attempted to gain access to its consequences. MINING STORIES is augmented by economic and medical statements. Every one of these voices has a special point of interest and tells a different story about the catastrophe, placing it in a different correlation. Thus in the space between these perspectives an image develops of how memory, politics, and storytelling are interwoven, but also how local events can be placed in a global context.

Trailer Mining Stories from Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere on Vimeo.



By Silke Huysmans, Hannes Dereere Performance Silke Huysmans Dramaturgical advice Dries Douibi Technichal Support Christoph Donse Stage Design Frédéric Aelterman, Luc Cools Translation Portuguese Luanda Casella, Miguel Cipriano


The work of Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere (Brussels, Belgium) departs from concrete situations, events or places that reveal a broader subject. What characterizes them is the way they research their projects by means of scientific investigation, interviews and field research. The documentary performance Mining Stories was selected for the Circuit X label for best emerging young artists.


Production and realization
Produktion Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Bâtard Festival Koproduktion KAAP Unterstützt von Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Sabam For Culture Dank an alle Interviewpartner*innen