Europe Day – History of democracy tours & dance performance
To mark the museum’s fifth anniversary and the Open Day of the European Institutions, the House of European History invites you to take part in a series of activities on the topic of Europe. Thematic guided tours on democracy, sharing of testimonies from young Europeans, artistic performances and panel discussions in the light of the Conference on the future of Europe will animate the museum throughout the weekend.
Saturday, 7th of May
Thematic guided tours
Is democracy a fixed part of our heritage or something that is always evolving? From an Athenian 5th-century-BCE ballot selecting Themistocles for exile, to campaign material for the Polish semi-free elections organised in June 1989 by Solidarność, ancient and recent objects from our exhibition reveal the struggles of European people to gain and regain their right to political self-determination.
Register here for those onsite tours
- 11.00 EN/ FR
- 12.00 NL
- 14.00 EN / DE
- 15.00 FR / NL
- 16.00 EN / DE
- 17.00 FR / NL
"My name is Europe" performance
Danced musical tale
Fables Room. Starting at 14.00 and at 16.00
"My name is Europe" is a storytelling performance.
A danced story.
A choreographic concert.
An allegory letting the melodies get tangled and mixed with the body and the words.
"My name is Europe" is a sweet moment, an intimate and poetic vision of a myth that has become geopolitical, economic, institutional and concrete.
It is the union of dance and music evoking the union of peoples.
"Je m'appelle Europe" is a duet between the dancer-choreographer, Emilie Camacho, and the concert pianist, Célia Onéto BensaÏd.
These two artists unite to give flesh, voice and sound to a complex, rich and fertile tale, which continues to be written while the piano keys are being touched, while the body is dancing.
"I am called Europe" is the tale that these two women will deliver to us stories, of seduction, love, wars, dreams and peace.
A dance and contemporary creation mercenary for more than 20 years, Emilie first trained in classical dance, then in search of more freedom, in contemporary dance. Since 1999, she has joined major international companies such as the Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble, directed by Jean-Claude Gallotta, the Compagnie Blanca Li and the Baryshnikov Art Center in New York. Curious and eager to experiment, she works with Jean Paul Goude, Stromae, Stéphane Braunschweig the director of the Théâtre de l'Europe / Odéon in Paris, or for the Belgian artist Kasper Vanderberghe. With her collective Rabbit Research, she writes performances and videos mixing texts, choreographies, and music, dedicated to take live art out of theatres.
CELIA ONETO BENSAÏD
Classical pianist trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Celia has won numerous international competitions and prizes, before having fun integrating atypical projects, asking her to invest herself in stage performance and theatrical interpretation. While being the dedicatee of several works by Camille Pépin (Indra, Early Summer Rain), she records in May 2020, at the recording studio of the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France, works by Maurice Ravel, Philip Glass and Camille Pépin, as part of her second solo disc on the NoMadMusic label.