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A ritual parade of dancing bears reinvented by a Belgian-Romanian duo

Each year at the end of winter, the Romanian Carpathians welcome a parade of dancing bears, symbolising good luck and new beginnings. Participants conceal themsel- ves in bear skins and go door-to-door, growling in tune with percussion and singing, to ward off the evil eye.

Artists Casper Fitzhue (°1990, Bucharest) and Bart van Dijck (°1974, Bonheiden) had the opportunity to participate in this ritual dating back to the Dacians. Its transformative aspect is the starting point for their exhibition URS GEEST (‘bear’s spirit’) , which will in turn be announced door-to-door by the artists. In collaboration with a distillery in Hasselt, they have developed a gin based on the plants bears eat at the end of their hibernation in order to revive their strength. Combining local and Romanian traditions, they create a unique rite of passage.

Curator : Louise Osieka

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Europalia Residency
CIAP
Program
Su Oct 6, 2019  — Th Dec 12, 2019
Address
Lombaardstraat 23 - 3500 Hasselt
Organisation
ICR, EUROPALIA, Vlaamse Overheid, Stad Hasselt, Jenevermuseum Hasselt, Kunstenpunt, Ceata Ursilor din Asau, Dorin Preda, motionARTthoughts