We are convinced that good working conditions and a welcoming environment are key conditions for artistic creation. For the audience, the residency working may be the least visible part of what we do, but it is the beating heart of our House for Dance, Image and Sound. Every day, artists from Belgium and abroad work in the Ateliers, Studio, Labozaal and Soetezaal. STUK’s role as a stimulating workplace is a public secret by now: professional studios, a technical and production staff that thinks along with the artist, apartments within walking distance of STUK and an artists’ kitchen as a lively meeting place.

A residency is always tailor-made. Some artists are still doing research, while others are much further in their process or are close to a premiere. A big amount of artists get the rooms at their disposal, a smaller number of them receives extra support. STUK has the know-how for guidance from A to Z: content and dramaturgy advice, productional and technical support, a financial framework, presentation options, an international network and a close collaboration with the KU Leuven for research. 



26 June - 2 July & 3 - 12 October 2017

SHE is a solo performance on the crossroads of DIY-spiritualism, urban shamanism, and feminist channeling practices.

18 - 24 September 2017

Invisible investigates what happens to man when he loses his ground. Created with four young children and three adult dancers, the performance talks of purification, compassion, loss and hope.

11 - 22 September 2017

Manon Santkin works on her new project New Measuring Rites. More info will follow soon. 

4 - 24 September 2017

How can abstract music and dance elicit emotional responses from audiences? What can evolutionary biology tell us emotional reactions to art? Do the sonic qualities of sad music relate to the physical qualities of sad dance?

29 August - 3 September 2017

This residency is a first performative stage in the research process A Dance Of One’s Own.

28 August - 10 September 2017

Maybe it is worth running the risks associated with anthropomorphism (superstition, devinization of nature, romanticism) because it, oddly enough, works against anthropocentrism: a chord is stuck between person and a thing, and I am no longer above o

28 August - 8 September 2017

RULE OF THREE is a mix between a concert and a collection of short stories. The atmosphere of a nightclub is interwoven with a sense of getting lost between the pages of a book.

22 - 31 August 2017

Seul (Alone) aims to investigate the concept of being alone in a mercenary society not interested in giving the possibility to realise our ideals. This loneliness is not depending on the society’s absence.

1 - 20 August 2017

In the work Rasp Your Soul the body of the performer is exposed into a force stream.This stream carries the errors and echoes of language and information of our cultural era. His body is the matter which this stream passes through.

Adaline Anobile & Philipp Enders

In Æ – All ears we work with vocal recordings of poets, neighbors or public figures speaking. We listen to how words move us, and step with their flow.

1 - 11 August 2017

Objects seem sometimes dead, sometimes alive. We mostly act with reason, but sometimes superstitions take the upper hand. Doubt and conviction change roles in the blink of an eye. We constantly shift between different orders of reality.

1 - 11 August 2017

In (working title) two figures, two women, two bodies are committed in an exercise of reaching out surfaces, like the surface of their own bodies, the surface of the floor that its under t

26 June - 5 July 2017

This residency will be the first steps of the creation of a new performance planned to be played during the festival Playground in 2017.

19 - 29 June 2017

By revealing the different building blocks of a dance trio, The moon is the moon is the moon (performed at STUK on May 3) peels away the many layers of choreography.

19 - 25 June 2017

Equipped with the tools of dance, Berlin choreographer Clément Layes face the cycles of life and the infinite recurrence. His new show The Eternal Return features 15 performers in a small room built on the stage.

13 - 28 June 2017

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

5 - 23 June 2017

The departure point of Elsewhere is a research which considers space as an artistic medium with physical, temporal, and social dimensions.

Hagar Tenenebaum

Focusing on repetition and variations repetition as a sort of infantile naïve humorist logic that support processes of learning and unlearning inside fixed forms, as a way to travel in time, to move forward and back again, allowing details to be lost and found and lost

22 May - 4 June 2017

Deepetude is a Deep Etude of embodied rhythm. Polyrhythm is the living object of study.

Jun, Jul & Dec 2016, May 2017

Imagine Moving Rocks is a playing grid about personal space filled in by a company of spectators.

2 - 13 May 2017

Howl investigates love that goes beyond the human: a love that extends its antennas towards the inanimate. Objects of love: obsessions, fetishes and intimacies between humans, objects and machines.

3 - 14 Apr 2017

What happens when the mind falls to where the heart is? Country Path Conversation is a trio with Liza Penkova, Mikko Hyvönen and Veli Lehtovaara. It is a performance of letting go of that, which will not stay without a holding.

3 - 7 Apr 2017

Seppe Baeyens’ new performance INVITED is the result of an intensive research of (stage) space and co-authorship within contemporary dance.

3 - 7 Apr 2017

It's time is a piece for stage with three dancers and live musicians investigating, interrogating and manipulating the subjective experience of the passage of time.

31 October - 6 November 2016, 23 - 27 January 2017

The body and its representation in different situation, the meaning that the body can take, using the body as a tools as objects as I.

16 - 21 Jan 2017

In the residency at STUK Bára will be re-diving into the physical and theatrical material of her first solo performance On the other side of a sand dune. She will perform the piece a

9 - 20 January 2017

During this residency Marc Vanrunxt works on his new creation Prototype, which will premiere on 26 January 2017 in the Bruges Concertgebouw and which will be performed in STUK on April 20 2017.

12 - 18 dec 2016

This interdisciplinary performance explores the inner struggle in the pursuit of balance in an unstable environment.

Fri 17 Jun 16, Mon 5 Dec 16 . .

Michiel Vandevelde is creating his performance Our Times in STUK. The performance will premier on 20 and 21 December in STUK as part of 500 jaar Utopia.

29 August - 2 September & 10 - 21 October

During this residency Sarah van Lamsweerde develops a performance work for Playground Festival in and around the Didactic Museum for Archeology in the basement of Leuven's Erasmus House.

3 - 16 October 2016

In their new work, the Penkova/Youn duo will investigate the possibility of speaking of dance, displacing dance, re-discovering dance, asking questions about dance as they attempt to free the dance and the dancer from choreography (in a performance context).

3 - 8 October 2016

As in 55 and 3600, in 7 – the final piece of a trilogy – the relation between dance, the act of constructing, architecture and sculpture plays a key role in this work.

26 September - 9 October 2016

Love is a verb. Love is the choosing of trust, care, affection, respect, recognition, commitment, open and honest communication.

26 - 30 September 2016

JAHA KOO is creating his new project [CUCKOO]. It is an aural/visual theater piece drawing on social/political themes from South Korea. The story refers to a divided society with violent structure that demand immense sacrifice from the weak or minorities.

17 September - 2 October 2016

During this residency at STUK, Lisa Vereertbrugghen works on The Extraordinary Way She Moves, which will be performed during Playground 2016In this choreographic installation, b

Mon 5 Sep 16 . .

During a residency in STUK, Vera Tussing and her team work on the new creation Mazing, premiering in STUK at the end of November.

Mon 5 Sep 16 . .

Sidney Leoni will conduct his first physical investigations for his upcoming multimedia dance solo project entitled 'Last recital'.

Mon 22 Aug 16 . .

During a two-week residency in STUK, Daniel Linehan starts working on the creation of his new performance Flood

Mon 15 Aug 16 . .

During a residency in STUK visual artist Fabrice Samyn and choreographer/dancer Manon Santkin work on the performance Vanity’s Ballroom.

14 - 19 maart & 19 juni - 3 juli 2016

This Is Offal traverses in tragicomic form the most serious and persistent of human disasters: suicide.

13 - 19 June 2016

The residency will focus entirely in the study of the estuary as the main inlet for the next performance-project, which will disembogue in the creation of a geographical formation: Estuary [≈]

2015 - 2016

From 2013 to 2016, fieldworks is Artist In Residence (AIR) at STUK. fieldworks is the organization founded by Heine Avdal (NO) and Yukiko Shinozaki (JP).