The author Maggie Nelson writes in her book The Art of Cruelty A Reckoning :
I, too, have often wondered whether there exists a greater pleasure than the feeling - however brief of illusory - that by writing, one is in fact incinerating layers of crap rather than tossing more of it onto the landfill. This can be a difficult feeling to achieve when the medium is language. One cannot simply offer up a white page and a stopwatch and produce the illuminating, cleansing effect of "silence", as John Cage did in 4'33''. Nor can you easily do what artist Gordon Matta-Clark did: take out the BB gun, the handsaw, the chainsaw, the knife, and start making "core cuts" in the structures that surround us, in order to startle us into seeing new vistas or patterns of light.
'I quote Maggie Nelson only to say that my motor is to make "core cuts" by making proposals that speak for themselves by refining my aesthetics, trusting the power of imagination through humour, violence, objects, bodies, morality, immorality and everything in between.'
Camille Paycha - born in Paris (FR) in 1992 - based in Oostende (BE).
Camille graduated from the Academy for Circus and Performance Art in Tilburg in 2015 with the aerial straps as specialisation.
Since 2015 Camille have been working on her own projects with first the Helaba Compagnie (I ate the entire fruitsalad, for the 500 years death anniversary of the painter Jheronimus Bosch). She then founded with Noortje Sanders and Thijs Veerman The Hangman Radioshow, a site specific performance on the scope of radio. The collaboration between Camille and Noortje continued under the name Radio Sancha. They make together video works, performances, exhibitions... Their video work WaterRuis made for Oerol Festival was nominated for the Joop Mulder Plak in 2020.
In 2021, she gathered a team for a collective mise en scène of the show Ice Skates And Other Cruelties. Camille is with this piece laureate CircusNext 2021. Camille was involved in the research led by The Circus Dialogues (continues).
She is currently performing The Time Of Our Singing from Janni van Goor and PORTRAITS from Side-Show. Camille will be soon performing the new piece of Side-Show called Permit, oh permit my soul to rebel. She is part of the artistic council of ACAPA in Tilburg and regularly directs, there, collective performances.
Camille will be in 2024 in creation of her last piece 60 degrees of separation which will première on the 4th October 2024. Camille works with Je Buro for the diffusion of her work (www.jeburo.be).
Picture : Gus & Stella