Koen De Preter

Tender Men

A moving, spherical and sensual bromance.

Tender Men fascinates and confuses, provokes and triggers somewhere on the boundary between bro, bromance and romance. The performance highlights the ambiguity between the rough and the sensual. In his new dance performance, Koen De Preter creates a universe in which masculinity and its sensitivity are central. He wants to address the necessity of touch and wonders how men would interact with each other in a world without homophobia.

Tender Men is a choreography for four performers with different dance backgrounds and identities. Their unique personalities contrast and complement one another and combine toughness with tactility. We see the fearlessness of touch and the poetry of caring in an intimate way. Men daring to be vulnerable.

Koen De Preter is both choreographer and performer. He experiments with forms and audiences and moves between different circuits. The search for a balance between abstraction and theatricality in dance together with eclectic soundtracks form a constant in his creations. After more intimate work like the curated evening Solo Night and his solo DANCING, it is now time for a bigger performance with an international cast.


Safety first: before, during and after the performance, we keep a safe distance from other bubbles - also while queueing before the show. Inside the venues, the STUK crew will guide you to your seats, and make sure there is 1 meter distance between different bubbles. We provide hand sanitiser throughout the building, and the venues are permanently ventilated.rden permanent verlucht.

• Wearing a face mask is mandatory at all times and everywhere in STUK, also during the performance.

• Don't forget your tickets - on paper or digital. A confirmation mail is not a valid ticket - we need to scan the QR code at the door.

• Do you have any questions, concerns or doubts? Please talk to a member of the STUK staff or contact STUK Reception.


Choreography & concept Koen De Preter | Dance & choreography Benoît Nieto Duran, Johhan Rosenberg, Po-Nien Wang, Souleymane Sanogo | Light design Fudetani Ryoya | Costume design Atelier Marie Dries | Technical support Eva Dermul | Project management Lenneke Rasschaert | Distribution Vincent Company | Coproduction C-TAKT, Dans Brabant, Perpodium | Residencies KVS Brussel, Cultuurcentrum ccBe Berchem, de Warande Turnhout, Dommelhof Neerpelt, De Nieuwe Vorst Tilburg, De Grote Post Oostende, Kunstencentrum STUK Leuven | With support of de Vlaamse Overheid, Stad Antwerpen
Tue 20 Oct 2020 20:30
Wed 21 Oct 2020 20:30


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€14 standard
€10 STUKcard / culture card KU Leuven