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Is each day the same? Is life no more than ‘endless repetition’? Routine offers structure but also reinforces the monotony of the everyday.
As in phenomenology, Swedish choreographer Alma Söderberg relies on her intuition and physical experience to fathom reality. Her dance practice contemplates the connection between language, voice and rhythm.
In MIKADO REMIX, Louis Vanhaverbeke explores the limits of normality. The urge to be normal results from desiring social inclusion rather than our internal thoughts. We want to belong, become part of a group, and be accepted.
The young French collective (LA)HORDE is interested in the post-internet. The younger generation no longer reduces the Internet to a reflection of reality; it uses the virtual world as space for self-expression and artistic creation.
Koen De Preter’s latest performance is a quest for freedom. He sees the stage as a large blank canvas where all forms of movement can happen. DANCING is stubborn, poetic, absurd, haunting, and intense. Eclectic like a crazy disco.
Together with thirteen youngsters, choreographer Michiel Vandevelde examines the legacy of May ’68. What happened to the values and ideals of the sixties? How do young people view history and their future?
A quartet created by Salva Sanchis and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, A Love Supreme is based on John Coltrane’s eponymous album. This collaboration, started in 2005, comprises a meeting between two choreographers who share the same fascination for an iconic piece of music.
In 1929 Virginia Woolf stated that female characters are usually defined by their relationship to male characters. The Bechdel test was developed in the 1980s: an informal test to assess the degree of sexism in fiction.
A sudden, unpredicted event can shed an entirely different light on what preceded it. unannounced zooms in on the moment your focus shifts, when an appearance suddenly changes form.
In addition to their genes, siblings Lander and Femke share a great fascination and passion for each other’s profession. He is a drummer; she is a dancer. For their first performance together, they switch roles.
In recent years, STUK and Straatrijk have been working together on a regular basis to bring urban and contemporary dance closer together. We organised various editions of DansBAaR in STUKcafé, Open Stage as part of the Day of Dance, and Breakdance championships.
In the mechanisms of classical conflict, myths often create clarity. If we omit the daily noise of news reports and opinions, myths can offer insights into humankind’s tragic actions.
Alexander Vantournhout’s work seeks physical extremes on the cutting edge of dance and circus. Among the light, humorous virtuosity he exhibits, there is often a dark side: a man’s tragic quest to transcend himself.
Chroma_don’t be frightened of turning the page is an enchanting solo work by Italian choreographer Alessandro Sciarroni. From his fascination with repetitive movements and folk dancing, he focuses on rotation or ‘spinning’.
Driven by her curiosity for other cultures and their relation to ‘movement’, the Icelandic choreographer Bára Sigfúsdóttir moved to Tehran in 2014, where she became intrigued by the inventiveness and dynamics of the local art scene.
RULE OF THREE is a cross between a concert, a hardcore nightclub, and a collection of short stories. With bodies, light, music, costumes, and text as autonomous forces, Jan Martens again makes a sharp analysis of the zeitgeist.
Choreographer Lisbeth Gruwez has taken an idiosyncratic direction in recent years with a trilogy about the ecstatic body, which outstandingly displays the impact of emotions, such as laughter and fear, on the body. The Sea Within establishes a change of direction.
Under the direction of composer Fabrizio Cassol, fourteen musicians from different continents rework Mozart’s Requiem. They fuse the classical masterpiece with jazz, opera, popular African music, and more.
David Hernandez has been studying the fundamental relationship between music and movement for years. His performances are a form of non-verbal communication for conveying, to the public, emotions and stories.
Three lonely figures are looking for a home. But what exactly does ‘home’ mean? Is home a synonym for a ‘roof over your head’? Or does not having a roof over your head still mean something other than being homeless?
Flowers (we are) is Claire Croizé’s first time working with a contemporary composer: Matteo Fargion.
The artistic paths of Marc Vanrunxt and Jan Martens cross each other regularly and now come together in a solo for Martens. Marc Vanrunxt was part of the early 80s wave of innovative dance that appeared in Flanders seemingly from out of the blue.
Achterland is a seminal choreography in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s oeuvre.
Florentina Holzinger invariably creates explosive and brutal performances in which she draws inspiration from disciplined activities such as kickboxing, ballet, weightlifting or acrobatics.
Through advertising, films, and the internet, we are constantly confronted with images of sexualised bodies. Every form of intimacy is eroticised and commercialised.
In SNAP XL, choreographer Talitha De Decker combines everything that is the pinnacle of dance fun: virtuoso bodies, mathematical structures, and the fat beats of ‘90s music. The result is a party that is both inviting and alienating.
The Mexican-Chilean choreographer Amanda Piña believes in the transformative power of art. Her performances are like rituals in which the connectedness and energy between performers and audience are essential.
In a world driven by statements, statistics, and moods, Sarah Vanhee creates a place for imagination, together with seven youngsters between eight and eleven years old. They are silent beings, sensitive to the unpredictable.
From Molenbeek with Love is Yassin Mrabtifi’s first solo work. Dance is his language. With a distinctive blend of hip-hop, voguing, contemporary dance, and stand-up comedy, he connects to a conversation about society, identity, art, and Molenbeek – his home.
In Rasp Your Soul, the Greek choreographer Kat Válastur uses mythology as a tool to answer contemporary questions. For this, she collaborates with the performer Enrico Ticconi and the visual artist Leon Eixenberger.
Finnish dancer and choreographer Sonja Jokiniemi lets you dive into the world of pre-language – that which precedes language. There is no meaning yet, and our (sexual) desires can roam freely and without limitations.
Michiel Vandevelde came to recognition with a four-part re-appropriation. He developed a movement language in which popular dance motifs transform into something new. In Lamakh he wants to investigate the relationship between science fiction and choreography.
How can we hold on in an increasingly technologised world? REPETITION is a dance performance instigated by a rotating light sculpture. It defines not only rhythm, space and light, but also the movements of Palestinian-American dancer Tarek Halaby.
Dark Field Analysis focuses on the intensity of life. In this mysterious performance, the organic is interwoven with the synthetic, the human with the animal, and the material with the ethereal.
Join us for the presentation evening of the new season’s dance programme. Our dance programmer Charlotte Vandevyver will guide you through our brand new brochure with extra (video) imagery and personal tips to help you map out your itinerary for the coming season.
Love, beauty, poetry and David Bowie are at the heart of EVOL.
Maybe it’s a cabaret of questions with no answers
Maybe it’s all about ‘you’
Maybe you should come alone
Maybe you’ll find your true love at the end
In 2015 Vera Tussing premiered at STUK with The palm of your hand. It became a signature work whereby, in a disarming manner and with ‘touch’ as a guide, she had audiences up on their feet dancing.
The brand new DANCE ON ENSEMBLE invites internationally renowned choreographers to get to grips with the experience, charisma and dramatic power of top dancers from the past.
In the symposium Moving Movement: Dance and Transmission we want to explore how dance today survives and even anticipates its after-life in rapidly developing transmedial and digital environments.
June 1968. At the festival d’Avignon, the famous New York actor’s group The Living Theatre attend the premiere of Paradise Now. The actors want to draw the audience into a state of readiness – ready for action in the world outside the theatre.
Colonial Archive Fever explores different modes of storing and transmitting knowledge in the (post-) colonial context.
The moon is the moon is the moon is a dance trio that deepens your experience of dance. Rather than being immediately bombarded with virtuosity you are instead first introduced to the different building blocks of the trio.
Liz Kinoshita draws inspiration from the ties between necessity and waste, and how such issues weigh on us physically, mentally and emotionally. How is our disposition affected when we engage in thinking about refuse or covert wastefulness?
On the occasion of the Dance Day, Cinema Zed and STUK present the dance film Ottone, Ottone/1991 by Leuven-based artist Walter Verdin and Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker. Ottone, Ottone/1991 is a video edit of the eponymous performance from 1988.
Together with a number of Flemish and Brussels-based organizations, STUK takes part again in the Dag van de Dans on April 28th 2018. The highlight of the day will be the third edition of the OPEN STAGE: we invite dancers and choreographers from Leuven and beyond to present their choreography.
Faits et gestes explores the different status of movement. The dancers zoom in on the multiple ways in which gestures suggest movement: the build up to a jump or a pirouette, reaching for an imaginary opponent, identifying, selecting or transmitting movements.
Myriam Van Imschoot (1969) is a performance artist based in Brussels. She has a background in literature and previous work experience in the dance field as a researcher, writer, dramaturge and artistic collaborator.
A spark. An outburst. A trance. With SNAP XL the young choreographer Talitha De Decker has created a shamelessly positive dance production. She drives straight to the core of her passion for dance.
Can you create dance performances that are approachable without being too commercial? Find out the answer in this workshop that turns simple movements into complex structures.
Sara Jansen is a scholar and dramaturg in dance. She obtained degrees in Japanese Studies (KU Leuven) and Performance Studies (New York University), and was a Japan Foundation Fellow at Waseda University in Tokyo (Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum).
Hear is an auditive choreography that unfolds around and in between the audience.
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suites are considered a milestone in Western music history. Their ingenious architecture, dancing rhythms and timeless beauty continue to speak to us today.
The current neo-capitalist society is dominated by a visual culture that is hyper-sexualised and steeped in pornography. Promotion pamphlets, TV advertisements for makeup, posters in the streets ... all use techniques from the pornography industry.
The New York choreographer Trajal Harrell presents Antigone Sr., an instalment from the series Twenty Looks or Paris is burning at the Judson Church, with which he has made a worldwide furore.
Which events have inspired communities to unite and look for new alternatives? Why do people turn to charismatic leaders? How much power do these people actually have? How much freedom can be found within a movement?
What kind of choreography arises in the proximity of borders? Talos is a mythical bronze giant whose role was to protect Europa (mother of King Minos) in Crete from pirates and invaders. But Talos was also a research project funded by the EU to develop robots in order to guard Europe’s borders.
Under the wing of the company of Wim Vandekeybus, in 2015 Seppe Baeyens developed his first m
This workshop is fully booked.
In 2014 Joke Laureyns and Kwint Manshoven met the Italian war reporter Franco Fagetti.
On the occasion of the performance Invisible, kabinet k and STUK organise a two-day masterclass
What might dance mean today?
But we never permitted the birth of logic among us.
— Oswald de Andrade, Manifesto Antropófago
On the occasion of the performance Zeitigung by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Alain Franco and Louis Nam Le Van Ho, one of the dancers will give an introductory workshop about the performan
An intercultural research platform in the frame of Europalia Indonesia under guidance of Arco Renz
In Cry Jailolo seven young Indonesian dancers deliver a powerful messag
Are you over 12 years old, and have a passion for urban and/or contemporary dance? Then delve into this unique workshop that lets hip hop clash with contemporary dance. The choreographers take you on a trip through the different dance worlds and challenge you to learn new movements.
When the composer Gustav Mahler was diagnosed with a fatal heart disease he confided in a fri
Put on your dancing shoes and be sure to be warmed up: we close off Rode Hond in STUK with a proper party in STUKcafé!
We’re having a party and you’re invited!
licht! is a performance in which light itself begins to dance.
What do you experience during a dance performance? Does the music excite or upset you?
Straatrijk considers urban culture to be a fully-fledged art form and focuses on urban dance. They have an original approach to events, workshops and training and recently they even resorted to artistic creation.
Urban and contemporary dance increasingly meet despite the many barriers between them.
Like boarded up windows, like stone steps, like the sound of voices
Two bodies meet one another. One body is active and takes the initiative, the other is a lifeless object. Together they dance a forced duet.
As soon as the curtain is raised you are drawn into an uncertain world. Have we arrived at a funeral or a re-enactment of one in a recording studio? Who is the mother?
With little more than himself, a collection of record players and a
An open rehearsal is a fascinating opportunity to watch the dancers of the company ECCE at work and to have an insight on their new creation Mer-.