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. 




Michiel Vandevelde
31 July - 10 August 2018

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.


Ehsan Hemat
25 June - 4 July & 31 July - 8 August 2018

Preparatory phase for the creation (15 Aug-15 Sep)
PREMIERE: 19-Sep @ Love At First Sight - Antwerpen / TROUBLEYN


Thiago Granato
31 July - 7 August 2018

Technical residency for the last creation phase of the solo dance piece Trrr by Thiago Granato.  

31 July - 7 August 2018

The starting point for this research: Four musicians take a seat and get ready to perform a quartet from the « standard classical repertoire », a pretty usual scene.


Karel Burssens
11 - 29 June 2018

In REPETITION Karel Burssens builds a light sculpture that creates a free space for a dancer. The performance resulting from this sculpture starts from several questions. How do we cope with repetition?


dh+ / David Hernandez and Collaborators
11 - 22 June 2018

VOX is the upcoming dh+ production that combines choreography by David Hernandez with an innovative sound-art concept where electronic music is made from the live voices of the dancers on stage.

Secret Garden

Vincenzo Carta & Adrien Monfleur
11 - 21 June 2018

Secret Garden (jardin secret, in French) is by definition: "a deep universe of the being in which the feelings, the passions and the intimate dreams are secretly expressed".

Zorg voor verhalen | Care for Stories

Sonja Jokiniemi & Leni Van Goidsenhoven
21 May - 13 June 2018

Caring for Stories: Participatory actionresearch on autism and selfexpression

Deposition one.

Michele Rizzo
16 - 26 April 2018

Deposing is the chance of state of volatile matter into solid. I’m exploring methodologies of embodiment of processes of inverted transcendence. The gaze is given agency, and as it wanders in space, deposes on invisible traces of unexpected brilliance.  


Bahar Temiz
11 - 24 April 2018

Zee is a dance piece in which the two performers find themselves in a continuous conversation. They go through physical, emotional and mental landscapes. This ongoing concentration simultaneously connects and isolates them in their solitude. 


Koen De Preter
10 - 20 April 2018

DANCING is the newest solo performance by Koen De Preter.

1 - 11 August 2017, 3 - 15 April 2018

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.

Softcore, a hardcore encounter

Lisa Vereertbruggen
19 - 30 March 2018

During this residency Lisa will continue the work on my project Softcore, which will have its premiere on June 14th in Buda, Kortrijk. Softcore is a dance and an embodied talk that questions both the hard and the core in hardcore techno.


Leandro Nerefuh, Caetano, Lisa Cecilia Eliceche
19 - 25 March 2018

ORPHIC EXUBERANCE VERSUS SOLAR CAPITALISM is an assembly of cosmic entities to decide the fate of earth within the solar system. Their assembly takes the form of movement, sound, colours. 

Research residency

Igor Shyshko and Tale Dolven
8 - 19 January 2018

Igor Shyshko and Tale Dolven are doing a research project together, supported by the Flemish ministry of culture.

Both, Two

Vera Tussing & Esse Vanderbruggen
8 - 15 January 2018

Where does a body begin? In our new creation, we take the duet form as a starting point for an investigation of the outer edges of human intelligibility.


Oneka von Schrader
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.


kabinet k
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.

New Measuring Rites

Manon Santkin
11 - 22 September 2017

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

Lecture About Sad Music and Happy Dance

Shila Anaraki, Matthew Shlomowitz, Aisha Orazbayeva
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?

A Room Of One’s Own

Ilse Ghekiere
29 August - 3 September 2017

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


Rósa Ómarsdóttir
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


Jan Martens / GRIP
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.


Koama Tierema
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.

Rasp Your Soul

Kat Válastur
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.


1 - 13 August 2017
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. (working title)

Varinia Canto Vila
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.

The Eternal Return

Public in Private/Clément Layes
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.


Michiel Vandevelde & Bryana Fritz
13 - 28 June 2017

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


Stav Yeini
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.

No title

29 May - 4 June 2017
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


Alma Söderberg
22 May - 4 June 2017

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