Lilia Mestre (PT) 1968
Lilia Mestre is a Portuguese performing artist living and working in Brussels. In her work she uses choreographic tools to research the social body. She gives special attention to the agency of all things and has been working in assemblages, scores and inter-subjective set ups.
Since 1994 she has worked as a dancer and collaborator namely with Vera Mantero, Hans Van den Broeck, Christine de Smedt, Martin Nachbar, Kate Machintosh, Mette Edvardsen between others. In 1999 she founded the company Random Scream with Davis Freeman to expose the eclectic elements of everyday culture with proposed lines of flight for dance, theatre, and other media.
Her own work includes the stage performances: “Untitle me”, “Missing Link”, “Beyond Mary and Joseph”, “Rendering”, “(g)hosts” and "Moving you". She also created a research project series “Interface fictions” for semi public spaces questioning performativity, process related practices and the gaze. Out of a research on sound and emotions she created performative installation "Live-In Room" which also has an outcome as a radio program. “Ai! An interjection - as relational form” is her current artistic project in collaboration with Marcos Simões.
Since 2006 she is artistic coordinator for Bains Connective Art Laboratory in Brussels. Currently she is associate program curator at a.pass (advanced performance and scenography studies in Brussels).