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Wed 22 Nov 17 . 14:00 - 17:00

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.

RATS [12+]

fABULEUS / Ugo Dehaes
Thu 23, Fri 24 & Sat 25 Nov 17 . 20:30

After successfully collaborating with

Cry Jailolo

Eko Supriyanto
Tue 28 Nov 17 . 20:00

In Cry Jailolo seven young Indonesian dancers deliver a powerful messag

Apollon Musagète

Florentina Holzinger
Wed 29 Nov 17 . 20:30

Florentina Holzinger impresses with a series of highly physical performances – inescapable advocating the full expression of st

Wed 29 & Thu 30 Nov 17 . 21:00

For several years Mathias Ringgenberg has been developing the ctional character of


Eko Supriyanto
Tue 12 Dec 17 . 20:30

Eko Supriyanto is one of the most influential dancers / choreographer from Indonesia.


Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Alain Franco, Louis Nam Le Van Ho
Tue 19, Wed 20 & Thu 21 Dec 17 . 20:30

Almost ten years after Zeitung

Wed 20 Dec 17 . 14:00 - 16:00

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


Michiel Vandevelde
Thu 18 Jan 18 . 20:30

But we never permitted the birth of logic among us.
— Oswald de Andrade, Manifesto Antropófago 


Jan Martens/GRIP
Tue 23 & Wed 24 Jan 18 . 20:30

RULE OF THREE is a mix between a concert and a collection of short stories.

Cancelled: Dança Doente

Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada
Tue 30 Jan 18 . 20:30

 What might dance mean today?

White on White

Marc Vanrunxt
Wed 7 Feb 18 . 20:30

White on White explores the phenomenon of Grace Jones.

Sat 24 & Sun 25 Feb 18 . 10:00 - 17:00

On the occasion of the performance Invisible, kabinet k and STUK organise a two-day masterclass

Wed 28 Feb 18, Thu 1 Mar 18 . 20:00

Especially for Leuven, Ballet of Flanders

Invisible [8+]

kabinet k & HETPALEIS
Thu 1 & Fri 2 Mar 18 . 19:00

In 2014 Joke Laureyns and Kwint Manshoven met the Italian war reporter Franco Fagetti.


Seppe Baeyens
Tue 6 & Wed 7 Mar 18 . 20:30

Under the wing of the company of Wim Vandekeybus, in 2015 Seppe Baeyens developed his first m

Intergenerational workshop INVITED

Seppe Baeyens / Ultima Vez
Wed 7 Mar 18 . 14:00 - 18:00

This workshop is held on the occasion of INVITED, and invites you to learn to write the choreography for a performance.


Arkadi Zaides & collaborators
Wed 14 & Thu 15 Mar 18 . 20:30

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.

Kalakuta Republik

Faso Danse Théâtre / Serge Aimé Coulibaly
Fri 16 Mar 18 . 20:00

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?

Tue 20 Mar 18 . 20:30

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.

21 Pornographies

Mette Ingvartsen
Tue 27 & Wed 28 Mar 18 . 20:30

 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.

Mitten wir im Leben sind. Bach 6 Cellosuiten

Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker & Jean-Guihen Queyras
Wed 28, Thu 29 & Fri 30 Mar 18 . 20:00

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.


Benjamin Vandewalle & Yoann Durant
Tu 17 & We 18 Oct 17

Hear is an auditive choreography that unfolds around and in between the audience.

SNAP XL [12+]

fABULEUS & 7 Limburgse cultuurcentra / Talitha De Decker
Thu 19, Fri 20 & Sat 21 Apr 18 . 20:30

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

Noé Soulier
Thu 26 Apr 18 . 20:30

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.

Sat 28 Apr 18 . 14:00

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.

Sat 28 Apr 18 . 20:30

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?

Thu 3 May 18 . 20:30

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.

Paradise now (1968 - 2018) [16+]

fABULEUS / Michiel Vandevelde
Tue 8, Wed 9 & Thu 10 May 18 . 20:30

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.

Catalogue (First Edition) & 7 Dialogues

DANCE ON ENSEMBLE — William Forsythe & Matteo Fargion
Tue 15 & Wed 16 May 18 . 20:30

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.

Go Figure Out Yourself (werktitel)

Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus
Wed 23, Thu 24 & Fri 25 May 18 . 20:00

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

Wed 23 & Thu 24 May 18 . 20:30

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.


ECCE / Claire Croizé
Tue 29 May 18 . 20:30

Love, beauty, poetry and David Bowie are at the heart of EVOL.



Needcompany / Grace Ellen Barkey
Tue 7 & Wed 8 Nov 17 . 20:30

When the composer Gustav Mahler was diagnosed with a fatal heart disease he confided in a fri

Dance Karaoke

cie. Willi Dorner
Tue 31 Oct 17 . 19:30

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! 


tout petit / Lies Cuyvers & Ciska Vanhoyland
Sa 28 & Su 29 Oct 17

licht! is a performance in which light itself begins to dance.

PARTY [6 - 10]

Alfredo Zinola & Maxwell McCarthy
Sat 28 & Sun 29 Oct 17 . 15:00

We’re having a party and you’re invited!


Mette Edvardsen
Wed 25 & Thu 26 Oct 17 . 20:30

In 2016 Norwegian Mette Edvardsen received the prestigious Ibsen prize for We to be, the fina

Mer- [sold out]

ECCE / Etienne Guilloteau & Claire Croizé
Wed 25 Oct 17 . 20:00

The notion ‘finitude’, or the fleeting nature of life, is a key ingredient in the work of

Lecture about Sad Music and Happy Dance

Shila Anaraki, Aisha Orazbayeva & Matthew Shlomowitz
Sat 21 Oct 17 . 11:30

What do you experience during a dance performance? Does the music excite or upset you?

dance • premiere • transit
Sat 14 Oct 17 . 11:00 - 15:30

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 Dance Platform

STUK i.s.m. Straatrijk
Sat 14 Oct 17 . 14:00 - 2:00

Urban and contemporary dance increasingly meet despite the many barriers between them.

Shown and Told

Meg Stuart & Tim Etchells
Wed 11 & Thu 12 Oct 17 . 20:30

Like boarded up windows, like stone steps, like the sound of voices


Alexander Vantournhout & Bauke Lievens
Tu 10 & We 11 Oct 17

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.


Peeping Tom
Thu 5 & Fri 6 Oct 17 . 20:00

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?

Imagine Moving Rocks

Katrien Oosterlinck
We 27 - Fr 29 Sep & Tu 3 - Th 5 Oct 17

Working with life-size game situations, Ka


Louis Vanhaverbeke
We 27 - Fr 29 Sep 17 . 21:00

With little more than himself, a collection of record players and a

Voicing Pieces

Begüm Erciyas
We 27 - Fr 29 Sep 17

There’s something truly magical about the work of

Open rehearsal Mer-

ECCE / Etienne Guilloteau & Claire Croizé
Wed 13 Sep 17 . 15:00 - 16:30

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-.

In Absentia

Helka/Helder Seabra
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.


Alma Söderberg
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.


Sonja Jokiniemi
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

To Belong

Koen De Preter & Theater Stap
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


Hathor Consort & Femke Gyselinck
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

Mockumentary of a contemporary saviour

Ultima Vez/Wim Vandekeybus
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


Marc Vanrunxt
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.

What Remains Is Future

David Bergé
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

Massage-collage (6-12)

Katrien Oosterlinck
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, 

Nelson Danst [4+]

Dafne Maes
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.


Jan Martens & Lukas Dhont
Wed 29 & Thu 30 Mar 17 . 19:00

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

We’re pretty fuckin’ far from okay

Voetvolk/Lisbeth Gruwez
Wed 29 Mar 17 . 20:00

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


Hiatus/Daniel Linehan
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.

Participatieve workshop THE COMMON PEOPLE

Jan Martens & Lukas Dhont
20 - 30 March 2017

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

La Esclava

Ayelen Parolin & Lisi Estaràs
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

Horses [8+]

kabinet k / HET PALEIS
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.


Rosas/Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
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.

Gratis inleidende workshop Rain [16+]

Rosas/Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
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.

In Spite of Wishing and Wanting

Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus
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.

Ad Noctum

L'Association Fragile / Christian Rizzo
Wed 15 Feb 17 . 20:30

Le talent de Rizzo est étonnant.

spring 2017

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

Sketches on Scarlatti

DH+/David Hernandez
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. 


Eastman/Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
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.

RATS [12+]

fABULEUS & Ugo Dehaes
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.

Our Times

Michiel Vandevelde
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!

Nicht Schlafen (formerly Mahler 16)

les ballets C de la B / Alain Platel
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.

14 - 21 december 2016

This workshop is fully booked


Robbrecht Desmet
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


Vera Tussing
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.

Figure a Sea

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.

Alleen de grootste nabijheid [14+]

fABULEUS & DOX / Bram Jansen & Ryan Djojokarso
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.

The Extraordinary Way She Moves

Lisa Vereertbrugghen (BE)
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.

For Claude Shannon

Liz Santoro (USA) & Pierre Godard (FR)
Thu 17 Nov 16 . 21:30

How can movement be turned into a language?

Lisbeth Gruwez dances Bob Dylan

Voetvolk / Lisbeth Gruwez
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.

Raaklijnen [7+] & Katrien Oosterlinck
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.

Niet Drummen [2+]

Theater De Spiegel
Th 3 & Fr 4 Nov 16

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


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

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


Rolf Wallin, fieldworks/Heine Avdal, Yukiko Shinozaki
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.


Sarah Vanhee
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.


Claire Croizé
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’.

Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke

Rosas/Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Michaël Pomero & Chryssi Dimitriou
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.

Radical Light

Salva Sanchis
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.


fABULEUS & Moldavië / Randi De Vlieghe
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.

Hello useless - for W and friends

Benny Claessens/CAMPO
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.