Day of the Dance

We were forced to wait a year for us… But here we are again with a new edition of Day of Dance!

We are organizing two inspiring movement workshops online especially for every dance lover.

Are you an amateur or more experienced dancer? Both sessions are 'open level', so everyone is welcome! 

An extra focus is placed on youth workers (animators, monitors) and the search for how imagination and dance can go hand in hand. 

  • Curious how Mooss breaks dance education away from '5,6,7,8' and learning steps?
  • Do you want to discover the intriguing universe of Ultima Vez? The voice of Laura Arís (teacher Ultima Vez) guides you through your own poetic story.
  • As icing on the cake, you as a participant get exclusive access to the renowned dance film 'Blush' by Ultima Vez.

On Saturday, April 24, 2021, join like-minded dance enthusiasts and youth workers in our online sessions that are guided live from our beautiful Dance Hall in Destelheide. Although physical meeting is not possible, you are guaranteed a day full of inspiration and dancing jitters, with tips and tricks from specialists in the field!

How does it work?

You register via the registration form and receive online access to our two dance workshops and the dance film 'Blush' for ten euros.

The online sessions are given through Jitsi, making it possible for the teachers to guarantee personal guidance and dialogue! (note: Jitsi is not supported by Safari web browser).

The link to the sessions and the dance film 'Blush' will be sent by email the week before.

Discover our program:

10 a.m. - noon Session 1 Poetic improvisation with Laura Aris
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Session 2 Working Crea(c)tive by Mooss 
Whole weekend Access dancevideo Blush Ultima Vez

Poetic improvisation with Laura Arís (10 am- noon)

In this session, Laura Arís's voice guides you through the search for your own movement language. You build up your own poetic story using various improvisation techniques. Perfect to start the day!         

(This session is guided in English)    

Laura Arís is a performer, choreographer, recognized international educator and has received several awards and distinctions for her work throughout her career. Laura Arís is best known as a former member of the Ultima Vez dance company, where she worked as a performer from 1999 to 2008. We saw her at work in "Inasmuch as life is borrowed", "Scratching the Inner Fields", "Blush", "What the body does not remember" (reprise 2002), "Sonic Boom", "Pure", "Spiegel", "Menske", "Whats the Prediction" and in the dance films: "Blush", "Here After" and "Inasmuch as Life is Borrowed".

In addition, she has been assistant to Wim Vandekeybus for several years, together with Ivo Van Hove. Currently, as a freelance artist she mainly works out her own creations, from solo performances to performances in larger collaborations.

Crea(c)tive – Workshop Mooss (2 pm-3.30 pm)

Dance is more than '5,6,7,8' and perform steps. That is why you will work creatively with the basic elements of dance such as body, time, power and space. You start with very recognizable movements (walking, walking, stopping) and daily actions. You mold it in space, you put music on it and follow a trail. A touch of feeling or a bit of abstraction and your choreography is a fact.

You will be provided with simple methodical tools to create a creative choreography with your students / participants, starting from their own movement material.

Blush: Dance film Ultima Vez (2005)

Blush is a dance film based on the performance of the same name from 2002. In this performance we saw a mixed cast of ten performers, including Wim Vandekeybus himself, who confronts us with extreme concepts such as beauty and ugliness. 

Writer Peter Verhelst followed the creation process and wrote the lyrics based on the material of the performers: comforting words, fleeting metaphors, short poems, ... 
In the dance film, his lyrics take the viewer on a dizzying journey from beautiful Corsican landscapes to the bleak background from Brussels.

David Eugene Edwards (singer-songwriter 16 Horsepower and Woven Hand) composed the music. The sound of his banjo and his deep soul voice form the background of the poetic iconoclasm in the performance and the dance film.

Blush is an exploration of the savage subconscious mind, of mythical forests, of the imaginary, where instincts conflict and the body does things that the mind does not understand.


Practical Information

Day of the Dance 2021: participation to two online dance sessions and access to the dance movie 'Blush’ from Ultima Vez.

Youth workers and dance enthusiasts from 16 years old

Can be followed online from your living room, kitchen, bathroom, ... As long as there is room to shake your legs!

Saturday April 24, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

10 euros

With your registration you get free access to the dance film Blush by Ultima Vez all weekend. 



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