Desnor

Ferre Marnef (b. 1994) studied Graphic Design at the School of Arts|KASK Ghent. The conceptual approach to form that he learned at KASK helped him to quickly make his way in the world, not only in field of graphic design but also beyond it. He has worked for designers like Joris Kritis (2016) and Julie Peeters (2017) on a variety of projects, including graphic identities for Netwerk Aalst, Kunstverein München and Mophradat, and on art books for Laure Prouvost, Hague Yang and Karel Martens, among others. In his own graphic practice, he works closely with dramaturge Bauke Lievens. Ferre made the designs for the results of her research projects at KASK, including Open Letters to the Circus and Negotiating Distance. Other collaborations include the book Leegstond (2018) for Toestand vzw and the short film De Reconstructie (2016) by Timeau De Keyser and Pieter Dumoulin.

Desnor started in 2012 under the name ‘Compagnie DeSnor’ as a two-person collective: Ferre Marnef and Louis Janssens. Together they made Wie je op de rechterwang slaat, keer je ook je linkerwang toe (2012), Ideale Plaats (2013), #BOS (2014) and Galileo (2017).

In addition to the shows Ferre did with Desnor, he has appeared in productions by the Tibaldus theatre company: Yvonne, Prinses van Bourgondië (2016) and Het Huwelijk (2018). He has also performed in productions by Ontroerend goed, Miet Warlop and others.

Ferre Marnef: “In everything that I do, I try to seek a ‘sincere form’. For me, that is a humane form and therefore a playful form, because I am convinced that we really are people when we play. Showing real people to people is perhaps why I like theatre and the arts so much. We live in an age where form takes on misleading and absurd appearances. I want to report on this scary evolution in various media; it could be a melody, a line, an act, etc. In the future, I want to seek the point of contact in my work even more. This year I’m going to investigate that in a solo show in which I start with the work of Francis Ponge, a French poet.”

Louis Janssens (b. 1995) graduated in Drama from the School of Arts|KASK Ghent in 2018. In addition to his work with Ferre in Desnor, he made various solo projects at school, including Ouvertures (2016), which he also presented at Tweetakt (Utrecht). In 2018, he collaborated with Timo Sterckx on his graduation project, The Greatest Show on Earth, which won him the Horlait-Dhapsens Prize (prize for graduation work) and a selection for TAZ#2018 (Oostende).

Desnor started in 2012 under the name ‘Compagnie DeSnor’ as a two-person collective: Ferre Marnef and Louis Janssens. Together they made Wie je op de rechterwang slaat, keer je ook je linkerwang toe (2012), Ideale Plaats (2013), #BOS (2014) and Galileo (2017).

As a performer, Janssens has appeared in Villa Vivaldi by Muziektheater Transparant (2008), Pitsers by Tuning People & fABULEUS (2009) and IN KOOR! by CAMPO & de KOE (2017).

Louis Janssens: “I always try to find the tension between maker and performer. Performing is an effort for me, a quest: I’m always working as a maker but in different capacities. One time it will be as a dancer in my own solo, another time I’ll assume the role of the ‘director’ who oversees the stage. I’m interested in the small as opposed to the large: how do you relate as a young artist to history, to the arts, to an established canon? How do you open up your thinking, how do you bend things to your will? I thematise ambition into a verb, which always leads to failure: the impossibility of grandness, a desire to push the limits. Not out of affectation, but out of curiosity.”

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