Book your (season) tickets for the dance programme 2016-2017: online, through or at STUK Reception!
Individual tickets: click on the performance(s) you want to attend in the overview below and go to 'tickets'. 
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spring 2017

WISPER organises creative courses for adults, according to their very unique methods revolving around the participant.

Tue 30 May 17 . 20:00



Mon 22, Tue 23 & Wed 24 May 17 . 20:30

The Portuguese dancer Helder Seabra was a key figure in the recent works of Wim Vandekeybus and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Wed 24 May 17 . 14:00 - 16:00

Free introductory workshop of In Absentia – Helka / Helder Seabra.

More info soon.

Wed 17 May 17 . 20:30

Alma Söderberg is a choreographer and performer. She creates performances in which she explores the relationship between sound and movement.

Wed 17 May 17 . 14:00 - 18:00

The image used for the symposium (the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ gesture from Black Lives Matter manifestations) is an example of how bodies may try to protest and mediate the 'immediate' affective energies with which they respond to each other as they attempt/resist m

Tue 16 May 17 . 20:30

This show is like a strobe light, impossible to ignore, giving you flashes of stories and asking you to fill in the blanks. Not to mention it’s one heck of a party.

Thu 11 May 17 . 20:30

We define our bodies by their physical limits. But we rarely stop to ask why this is. Ian Kaler aims to broaden our understanding of physicality through his artistic confrontation with social norms and power relations.

Thu 11 May 17 . 19:00

RRRRR is a performance project that is looking into hallucinatory, delusional and derailed structures used as choreographic starting points.

19, 26 & 27 Apr, 2 & 10 May

With Theory of Contemporary Dance Kunstencentrum STUK and KU Leuven join forces to deliver a diverse series of classes introducing s

Wed 3 & Thu 4 May 17 . 20:30

Belongingness is the human emotional need to be an accepted member of a group.
Humans have an inherent desire to belong and be an important part of something greater than themselves.
—  S.T. Fiske

Thu 4 May 17 . 20:30

In 1604 John Dowland published LACHRIMAE, or Seaven Teares Figured in Seaven Passionate Pavans.

Sun 30 Apr 17 . 14:30 - 20:00

On Sunday 30 April we have a programme dedicated to a new generation of dance talent with OPEN

Wed 26, Thu 27, Fri 28 & Sat 29 Apr 17 . 20:30

In the theatrical dance performance Mockumentary of a contemporary saviour, Vandekeybus depicts a perceptive port

Wed 19 Apr 17 . 20:30

Prototype is a dance performance centred around the loner Lucien Goethals (1931-2006), a pioneer of Flemish electronic music.

18 - 23 april 2017
an installation and a book by David Bergé
presenting Marc Vanrunxt

What Remains Is Future is an installation and a book by artist David Bergé responding to the archive choreograph

dance • expo • image • installation
Thu 6 Apr 17 . 17:00

You close your eyes ... Raindrops fall on your head, 
hands massage your shoulders, a snake seems to slide across your back, 
your arm is squeezed like a tube of toothpaste. 

You open your eyes ... Yellow balls around your head, 

Tu Apr 4 11:00 & 16:00

Nelson asks you to dance, together with your child. Professional dance coach Dafne Maes introduces you to Nelsons dansboek, a book in which Nelson and his family take you on a trip through twenty short dance games.

Wed 29 & Thu 30 Mar 17 . 19:00

THE COMMON PEOPLE is a social experiment, installation and performance rolled into one.

Wed 29 Mar 17 . 20:00

Last year Lisbeth Gruwez performed the highly acclaimed piece AH/HA, which was about laughter.

Tue 21 Mar 17 . 20:30

In Daniel Linehan’s new creation dbddbb five dancers step to the same rhythm while they recite sound poetry together.

20 - 30 March 2017

This workshop is fully booked, you can no longer subscribe.

Thu 16 Mar 17 . 20:30

In 2014 Lisi Estaràs substituted the then pregnant Ayelen Parolin, which formed the starting point for a project that combined their p

Fri 10 & Sat 11 Mar 17 . 19:00

With a green horse you never knew what to expect,
and I got thrown plenty, which terrified Mom,

but Dad just waved her off and helped me up.

Wed 8, Thu 9 & Fri 10 Mar 17 . 20:00

Rain (2001), one of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s most vibrant performances, set to Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich, is in many ways a continuation of the choreographic principles that were d

Wed 8 Mar 17 . 15:00 - 17:00

This workshop is fully booked.

Tue 7 Mar 17 . 17:30 - 19:00

On the occasion of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s performance RAIN, Clinton Stringer will give an introductory workshop.

TH 23 FEB 2017 - 20:30

Six performers enter a dark room. They seem familiar. Yet there is something unusual in their appearance. The have disappeared into oblivion, but are longing for contact.

Thu 16 & Fri 17 Feb 17 . 20:00

In 1999, Wim Vandekeybus’ repertoire received much acclaim for its intense physical and poetic quality. With In Spite of Wishing and Wanting he took the radical decision to work with an all-male cast. And successfully so. The performance is an international hit.

Wed 15 Feb 17 . 20:30

Le talent de Rizzo est étonnant.

Wed 25 & Thu 26 Jan 17 . 20:30

In Sketches on Scarlatti dancer and choreographer David Hernandez creates a full-length performance based on Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas for harp. Two men and a woman meet in different situations, spatial settings and atmospheres.

Wed 25 Jan 17 . 15:30 - 17:00

Open rehearsal of Sketches On Scarlatti – DH+/David Hernandez. 
During the rehearsal, you can see the dancers at work. 

More info soon. 

Wed 18 Jan 17 . 20:00

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet join forces with the visual artist Antony Gormley to create Babel(words), a dance performance that explores language and its relationship with nationhood, identity and religion.

Wed 11, Thu 12, Fri 13 & Sat 14 Jan 17 . 20:30

After successfully collaborating with fABULEUS for GIRLS (2013), Ugo Dehaes works with a group of young people again in RATS.

Tue 20 & Wed 21 Dec 16 . 20:30

Thinking does not play well in an image-based culture. There is not much to see in it. It is not a performing art. 
Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death

dance • utopia • premiere
Tue 20 & Wed 21 Dec 16 . 19:00

I think the dances can be regarded as part of a human reservoir of movement and relation beyond spoken or written language. 
Amanda Piña

dance • utopia • encore!
Wed 14 & Thu 15 Dec 16 . 20:00

In Only The Clouds Unchanged Philipp Blom gives a penetrating description of the turbulent years with which the 20th century began.

di 13 dec

Radical / Light is a project for a film based on the eponymous dance performance by choreographer Salva Sanchis. Robbrecht Desmet departed from the creation process of the piece for the conception of his film.

dance • image • film
Tue 29 & Wed 30 Nov 16, Thu 1 Dec 16 . 20:30

What does togetherness mean in 2016? In Mazing five dancers are set in motion by the audience, creating visible networks of action, which emerge from simple social negotiations.

Thu 1 Dec 16 . 20:00

Magnificent, skillful and peaceful.
The performance is a remarkable and sublime meditative experience.
Dagens Nyheter

Sun 27 Nov 16 . 11:30 - 21:00

The Leuven vzw Straatrijk wants to promote breakdance as a way of life / culture / sport and give as many youths as possible the chance to get in touch with breakdance. Apart from breakdance and hip hop, vzw Straatrijk supports all forms of street sports and street culture.

Fri 25 & Sat 26 Nov 16 . 20:30

The twists and turns of love are the engine behind this performance. Dancing, reading and rotting through Wikipedia, eight performers, from ages of 14 to 21, try to get to grips with the contents of an old book: Die Wahlverwandtschaften by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe from 1809.

Fri 18 Nov 16 . 20:00

In this choreographic installation, black industrial materials and a human figure continually transform, though sometimes almost imperceptibly, while they influence one another.

Thu 17 Nov 16 . 21:30

How can movement be turned into a language?

Wed 9 & Thu 10 Nov 16 . 20:30

Maarten Van Cauwenberghe and Lisbeth Gruwez are the unshakable artist duo behind Voetvolk. The point of departure for this performance is intimidatingly simple. He plays vinyl records and she dances.

za 5 & zo 6 november 2016

In Raaklijnen three dancers explore the space between people. Within a square space filled with a variety of colourful geometric shapes, the dancers create a unique world in which a different set of rules apply.

Th 3 & Fr 4 Nov 16

Niet drummen is a music theatre performance filled with catchy rhythmical music and amazing figure play.

Th 3 Nov 16, 15:00 & 19:00

A performance for a young audience about the mythical composer Luciano Berio and his muse.

Sun 30 Oct 16 . 20:30

Rather than witnessing a concert, the audience become part of a ritual for a purpose unknown to them, but seemingly of upmost importance to the party in question. In THE OTHEROOM everything is in motion. The musicians are not bound to a particular space.

Thu 27 Oct 16 . 20:30

Sarah Vanhee kept hold of all her personal garbage for an entire year: both household waste and materials from her studio: yogurt pots, worn-out underwear, spam and bad ideas. Confronted by the expanding mountain of waste, she felt the urgency to find a different ethical stance towards it.

Tue 25 & Wed 26 Oct 16 . 20:30

Love, beauty, poetry and a touch of rock’n roll are at the heart of this new creation for four dancersEVOL is LOVE spelled backwards, but it is also an abbreviation of ‘evolution’.

Wed 19, Thu 20 & Fri 21 Oct 16 . 20:30

With The Song of the Life and Death of the Cornet, Christoph Rilke, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote a sensuous fever dream that inhabits the space between prose and poetry, song and story, man and woman, love and death.

Sat 15 Oct 16 . 20:00

DansBAaR is a unique dance and party concept. Dance trios with dancers from different backgrounds compete in an original 3on3 battle.

Tue 11 & Wed 12 Oct 16 . 20:30

In Radical Light the choreographer Salva Sanchis enters into a dialogue with the music of Discodesafinado: Senjan Jansen and Joris Vermeiren's musical duo which fuses minimal techno and experimental electronic beats.

Sat 8 Oct 16 . 14:00 - 17:00

Free introductory workshop about Radical Light – Salva Sanchis.

More info soon.

Thu 6 & Fri 7 Oct 16 . 20:30

POPCORN [10+] is a dance performance with the impact of a pop concert. An intense showdown between three male dancers and a live drummer. Everything revolves around the irresistible power of the beat, but silence is also important.

Wed 28 & Thu 29 Sep 16 . 20:30

Hello useless – for W and friends is a solo performance about stopping. The performance aims to offer a moment to breathe and take the time to look at things again with fresh eyes. It will attempt to be meaningless. Without words and without knowledge.