La Bellone, House of Performing Arts, is dedicated to the live arts: theatre, dance, opera, circus, performance...
The courtyard and the façade ©David Marlé
Situated in the center of Brussels, the heart of La Bellone's activities is a courtyard covered by a glass roof, sheltering a baroque facade which was built at the begining of the 18th century by Jean Cosyn, builder-sculptor of the market place. Forum of the living arts, a showcase to display and highlight them, and a place of living memory, La Bellone offers permanent services, notably through its center for theatre resources; and organises events and privileged moments with the artists. La Bellone issues several publications, including the quarterly magazine Scènes, and hosts several associations linked to the performing arts.
The most visible part of La Bellone, the events are intended for those impassioned by the live arts, spectators and professionals alike. Meetings, exhibitions, debates, shows, performances, conferences...presenting the riches and the diversity of the living arts, in Brussels and in French speaking Belgium as well as elsewhere. Priority is given to innovative, creative approaches and to public-minded initiatives displaying the most communal spirit. Most of the events are free, or accessible at very democratic prices.
Caprices, circus performance directed by Virginie Jortay, and performed by
ESAC students. © Mathias Nouel
The Center for Theatre Resources is a goldmine of information on theatre news and current events. The team is at the service of the visitor to answer any question related to the activity of our stages, and numerous documents can be consulted: press articles and reviews, specialised magazines, periodicals, recent publications, files on entertainment, iconographical documents, biographies of personalities, theses and dissertations...The center also hosts a small video library and a mini-library, where you can buy the most recent publications and the main European magazines on the living arts.The opening hours are Monday to Friday, from 12 to 18hrs.
Exhibition Revelations, Theatre and dance in Belgium, made in collaboration with the Center for Theatre Resources. ©Simon Siegmann
Idem. ©Simon Siegmann