Pieter Ampe

Pieter Ampe (°1982, Burundi) grew up in Ghent and lives in Brussels. He is a dancer, choreographer and performer, or accomplished tinkerer.

As a child with too much energy Pieter found an outlet in the theatre and dance workshops at the Kopergietery. During his studies at P.A.R.T.S. (2004-2008) he created Still Difficult Duet with Gui Garrido. After his studies, Pieter worked as a dancer for ROSAS in The Song and became artist in residence at CAMPO (Ghent). CAMPO became a fantastic operating base to create a series of performances that found an audience worldwide. Among others Still Standing You (with Gui Garrido, 2010), Jake & Pete... (with Jakob Ampe 2011) and So you can feel (solo, 2014).

In 2016 Pieter began working on larger productions. First at KVS (Brussels) on his research performance It's In The Small Things. For Norwegian dance company Carte Blanche he made Get Lost (2018).

In 2019, What shall we sing about for the Icelandic Dance Company with personal stories of the dancers as a starting point.

As a performer, Pieter has been seen in the work of Joachim Koester (Denmark), Robert Steijn & Frans Poelstra (The Netherlands/Austria) , Hermann Heisig (Germany), The Germans (Dikkelvenne) and Eun kyung Lee (South Korea) among others. Gunilla Heilborn created a performance about her encounter with Pieter: Give it some time (2020). A solo about a duet cancelled by force majeure in corona times.

Since 2020 Pieter has been working with Met Stuart on the performance Cascade, which had its world premiere at ImPulsTanz 2021. Pieter investigates slowing down and performance through breathing practices. He works with an uncontrolled wondering mind and a vulnerable searching body.

update January 2023

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