Joke Laureyns

Joke Laureyns (°1972) is a choreographer with a background in philosophy. Together with Kwint Manshoven, she is the founder and inspirer of the company kabinet k.

Since 2002, they have created a series of performances together under the wings of some larger theatre houses that have not gone unnoticed: Dreams have laces (Fabuleus), Shelter (Kopergietery), Martha, Marthe (Kopergietery) and Questo Ricordo (CC Hasselt).
Since 2008, they have been building up an oeuvre of performances for a wide audience with Einzelgänger (-), unfold, i see you, zwaluwzang, rauw and ba(b)bel. Unfold and raw are selected for the Theaterfestival and mark an international breakthrough.
In 2016, kabinet k starts a structural collaboration with hetpaleis (Antwerp). This will lead to the production of horses (2016), invisible (2018), as long as we are playing (2019, co-production with LOD muziektheater) and promise me (2021). promise me is the culmination of 20 years of work and life under the name kabinet k.

The oeuvre speaks in its own way about physicality, about dance, about human relationships. The performances occupy a unique place in the landscape of the performing arts because of the persistent search for an alternative, a utopia, by confronting silence with a world full of propositions. Their dance idiom is contemplative, minimalist and expressive on the one hand, and on the other hand, it tilts towards raw, brutal and exuberant energy. Their work can best be described in dual terms: there are children and there are adult dancers, it is intensely physical and still, it places horror opposite beauty, it seeks simplicity and is complex, it is playful and dark at the same time, and it has a light weight.

In 2022, kabinet k merged with les ballets C de la B to form laGeste. Joke Laureyns nurtures her view as a maker in her new position as artistic director of laGeste, a position she shares with Hildegard De Vuyst.
In addition, she is working with Kwint Manshoven on a new creation: someone will always be missing, a collection of duets between Palestinian dancers and children. This creation immediately dictates the framework in which the duo wants to work in laGeste: with attention for the strength and vulnerability within interpersonal relationships, in the middle of the world.

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