Due to delays in STUK's renovation works, this performance is moved to a new location: Manhattan, Kolonel Begaultlaan 21, 3012 Leuven. The dates and times stay the same. All tickets stay valid, ticket holders are contacted directly. More practical info on our spring 2023 programme can be found on this page.
FLY is a film-dance-performance that dives into the mind and work of the legendary choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, who finds great success in Paris with the Ballets Russes company in the early 20th century. A decade later, Nijinsky is in exile from a civil war-ravaged Bolshevik Russia. He is tormented by sexual obsessions, the fear of losing his job and the horror of the First World War. He writes a diary in which he describes his visceral need to love, and testifies to an incipient psychosis that will later turn into schizophrenia.
FLY functions as a journey through time and space, in which a cast of contemporary International dance artists are catapulted back to the last century, invited to embody Nijinsky, his entourage and the Ballets Russes against a backdrop of artistic revolution and war.
On the borderline between film and performance, the events projected on the screen serve as a backdrop and as counter- and co-players to the dancers on stage. In this hybrid performance, everything is put at the service of a spiritual and timeless quest for love, where historical facts mingle with the imagination and feelings of the characters, in a dreamlike and experimental way.
CreditsConcept, direction and choreography Sidney Leoni | Cast for live performance Philip Berlin, Linda Blomqvist, Manon Santkin & Sidney Leoni | Costume designers Jennifer Defays & Rachel Lesteven | Light design for live performance Tim Wouters & Anton Andersson | Film cast (in alphabetical order) Alain Siebert, Alexandra Cismondi, Andros Zins-Browne, Aurélia Bézia, Aurélia Guinta, Christina Vantzou, Christine de Smedt, Eleanor Bauer, Elias Girod, Emilio Tomé, Estelle Gautier, Fabrice Pio, Guillem Mont De Palol, Halla Ólafsdóttir, Jaime Llopis, Manon Santkin, Marco Herløv Høst, Mette Ingvartsen, Mikko Hyvönen, Miriam Balloussa, Olivier Valkeners, Sidney Leoni, Stav Yeini, Xenia Ingvartsen Charmatz & Zoë Poluch | Narration Caroline Donnelly, Caroline Mozzone, Descha Daemgen & Alain Siebert | Cinematography Artur Castro Freire | Original score Yoann Durant & Sidney Leoni | Make-up Valko | Executive production Caravan Production (Brussels, BE) | Administration The Artist Cooperative Interim Kultur (Stockholm, SE) & Plate-Forme POLY (Paris, FR) | Co-production Weld (Stockholm, SE), Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk, BE), the National Choreographic Center of Caen (French Ministry of Culture and Communication, FR), Moderna Museet (Stockholm, SE) & Dansinitiativet (Luleå, SE) Residenties Buda Kunstencentrum, the National Choreographic Center of Caen, Weld, Dansehallerne (Copenhagen, DK), Inkonst (Malmö, SE), Kunstencentrum STUK (Leuven, BE), Pact Zollverein (Essen, DE), Howest - 'The level' / Campus for Digital Arts and Entertainment (Kortrijk, BE), the National Opera House of Toulon (FR) & Dansinitiativet/Luleå dance residency (SE) and Kunstenwerkplaats (Brussel, BE) | With the support of the Swedish Arts Council, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the Flemish Community, the French Ministry of Culture (Dance Delegation), the City of Stockholm, the French Institute in Sweden & the Arts Promotion Center Finland
- Kolonel Begaultlaan 21
- 3012 Leuven