Interview: Camille De Bonhome
Luca Curci talks with Camille De Bonhome during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi and at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Camille De Bonhome (1986) is a director, dramaturg and video artist from Liège, Belgium. She studies Drama Arts (EICAR) and Theatrical Studies (Sorbonne Nouvelle) in Paris and works as an intern with Rosalba Torres (Ballets C de la B) and the director and author Jan Lauwers (Needcompany). After her studies, she returns to live in Belgium where she works as a director assistant and dramaturg for several Belgian based companies (Peeping Tom, KoudVuur, Guy Cassiers). At the same time, she starts to create her own project with a group of international artists. Even if her practice is multidisciplinary (music, performance, video and theory), she always starts from theatrical codes and dramaturgical researches. In this way, she evokes the classical repertoire and mythology as material to challenge the theatrical source and focuses on the border between the creative process and the representation. The creative process – this space where creating together is full of sense – becomes often the representation and the fiction in all its complexity, imperfection, non-fulfilment and romanticism. But in this kind of hyperrealistic way of telling and representing roam the ghosts of an archaic theatre in which she truly believes. She first works on a cycle over Maeterlinck’s play Intérieur for SeptemberFestival (2013-2015) and a project from Javier Marias’s writing (2015) in De School van Gaasbeek for SeptemberFestival (Brussels). In 2017, she starts a research on the Theban Cycle for which she creates a first part over biographical lies (Oedipus): In dreams begin responsibilities, with the support of Kaap, De Grote Post, Festival Factory (Liège) and les ateliers claus. The second part is about sacrifice (Antigone) and started in 2019 with a performance in Bozar and a video project. BUDA Kortijk hosts the project in October 2020. The third part about borders and territories (The Phoenician Women) is part of TalentLab Luxembourg in February and June 2020.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Camille De Bonhome – I’m currently working on a movie-theatre project about sacrifice.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
CDB – I studied theatre for eight years, first acting and then dramaturgy. At the same time, I had very interesting internships which helped me to get in touch with the reality of creation. Every experience influenced my work and everything is experience, it’s a long quest which never stops.
LC – What is your creative process like?
CDB – My creative process is based on research and this research may take a lot of different forms but the goal is always to put the research on stage.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
CDB – The most challenging part is to get enough support for your work. It takes a lot of time to organise a project, so there is a big non-artistic part which is really difficult.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
CDB – I think I’m obsessed about the family mythology, it always comes back.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
CDB – Yes, the idea of platform and communication is very important and I think it’s your biggest challenge.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival‘s theme?
CDB – My video is about a libation with milk, a sacrificial image of ritual in which the body plenty express itself until it gets out of control. I guess we have the body, the “in-between zone” and the liquid.