Hildegard De Vuyst

“Late ’94, I made my first tentative steps as a dramaturge, working for Het muziek Lod. When Lod started a coproduction in ’95 with les ballets C de la B for La Tristeza Complice, this was to launch a longstanding collaboration with director Alain Platel. I’m very proud of Iets op Bach, Wolf and vsprs, pitié!, Out of Context– for Pina, C(H)OEURS, tauberbach, nicht schlafen and Requiem pour L. As a freelancer, I also worked with different choreographers from the same stable: Koen Augustijnen (To crush time) and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Rien de rien). In the interim, I taught workshops (dance dramaturgy) in Amsterdam, Lublin and Aarhus; I taught at the Rits, the Brussels-based college for actors and directors; I set up a publication on the arts centres in Flanders (Alles is rustig) together with the Flemish Theatre Institute; I walked out on the X-group at P.A.R.T.S., etcetera…
Starting in 2001, life took on a fresh turn: the Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg (KVS for short) in Brussels came under new management and I started work there as a dramaturge. The challenge to turn this dormant repertory theatre into a lively place that would attract the whole city was considerable. The efforts we brought to bear were enormous and the satisfaction was duly proportionate. In 2006, the new infrastructure that was rebuilt from scratch was ready for operation and inaugurated by the choir project in collaboration with Alain Platel and Fabrizio Cassol. This enables us to make an even bigger imprint on the heart of the city. Still, however far-reaching my commitments to the KVS may be, when Platel calls, I come.
It is also Alain Platel’s fault that I went to Palestine for the very first time in 2004. It has led to PASS (Performing Arts Summer School) a long term project that I coordinate with young Palestinian performers in collaboration with KVS, les ballets C de la B and the A.M. Qattan Foundation in Ramallah. The absolute highlight of this adventure is Badke, a production with ten Palestinian dancers, that will perform in Palestine in spring 2014.
Since September 2016 I joined the team of les ballets C de la B and was as dramaturge also part of the Festival de Marseille.
Since 2022 I fully put my back into the transition of les ballets C de la B, that will merge with kabinet k in 2023 under the new name laGeste. In laGeste I will share the artistic leadership with Joke Laureyns. ”

update: 02/2022

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