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With little more than himself, a collection of record players and a
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?
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.
Like boarded up windows, like stone steps, like the sound of voices
Urban and contemporary dance increasingly meet despite the many barriers between them.
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.
What do you experience during a dance performance? Does the music excite or upset you?
licht! is a performance in which light itself begins to dance.
We’re having a party and you’re invited!
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!
When the composer Gustav Mahler was diagnosed with a fatal heart disease he confided in a fri
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.
In Cry Jailolo seven young Indonesian dancers deliver a powerful messag
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
But we never permitted the birth of logic among us.
— Oswald de Andrade, Manifesto Antropófago
RULE OF THREE is a mix between a concert and a collection of short stories.
What might dance mean today?
White on White explores the phenomenon of Grace Jones.
In 2014 Joke Laureyns and Kwint Manshoven met the Italian war reporter Franco Fagetti.
Under the wing of the company of Wim Vandekeybus, in 2015 Seppe Baeyens developed his first m
This workshop is held on the occasion of INVITED, and invites you to learn to write the choreography for a performance.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Hear is an auditive choreography that unfolds around and in between the audience.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 di erent building blocks of the trio.
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.
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.
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.
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-.
The Portuguese dancer Helder Seabra was a key figure in the recent works of Wim Vandekeybus and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
Free introductory workshop of In Absentia – Helka / Helder Seabra.
More info soon.
Alma Söderberg is a choreographer and performer. She creates performances in which she explores the relationship between sound and movement.
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
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.
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.
RRRRR is a performance project that is looking into hallucinatory, delusional and derailed structures used as choreographic starting points.
With Theory of Contemporary Dance Kunstencentrum STUK and KU Leuven join forces to deliver a diverse series of classes introducing s
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
In 1604 John Dowland published LACHRIMAE, or Seaven Teares Figured in Seaven Passionate Pavans.
On Sunday 30 April we have a programme dedicated to a new generation of dance talent with OPEN
In the theatrical dance performance Mockumentary of a contemporary saviour, Vandekeybus depicts a perceptive port
Prototype is a dance performance centred around the loner Lucien Goethals (1931-2006), a pioneer of Flemish electronic music.
What Remains Is Future is an installation and a book by artist David Bergé responding to the archive choreograph
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,
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.
THE COMMON PEOPLE is a social experiment, installation and performance rolled into one.
Last year Lisbeth Gruwez performed the highly acclaimed piece AH/HA, which was about laughter.
In Daniel Linehan’s new creation dbddbb five dancers step to the same rhythm while they recite sound poetry together.
This workshop is fully booked, you can no longer subscribe.
In 2014 Lisi Estaràs substituted the then pregnant Ayelen Parolin, which formed the starting point for a project that combined their p
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.
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
This workshop is fully booked.
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.
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.
Le talent de Rizzo est étonnant.
WISPER organises creative courses for adults, according to their very unique methods revolving around the participant.
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.
Open rehearsal of Sketches On Scarlatti – DH+/David Hernandez.
During the rehearsal, you can see the dancers at work.
More info soon.
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.
After successfully collaborating with fABULEUS for GIRLS (2013), Ugo Dehaes works with a group of young people again in RATS.
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
I think the dances can be regarded as part of a human reservoir of movement and relation beyond spoken or written language.
In Only The Clouds Unchanged Philipp Blom gives a penetrating description of the turbulent years with which the 20th century began.
This workshop is fully booked
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.
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.
Magnificent, skillful and peaceful.
The performance is a remarkable and sublime meditative experience.
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.
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.
In this choreographic installation, black industrial materials and a human figure continually transform, though sometimes almost imperceptibly, while they influence one another.
How can movement be turned into a language?
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.
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.
Niet drummen is a music theatre performance filled with catchy rhythmical music and amazing figure play.
A performance for a young audience about the mythical composer Luciano Berio and his muse.
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.
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.
Love, beauty, poetry and a touch of rock’n roll are at the heart of this new creation for four dancers: EVOL is LOVE spelled backwards, but it is also an abbreviation of ‘evolution’.
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.
DansBAaR is a unique dance and party concept. Dance trios with dancers from different backgrounds compete in an original 3on3 battle.
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.
Free introductory workshop about Radical Light – Salva Sanchis.
More info soon.
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.
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.