Theater Stap & Koen De Preter

"Belongingness is the human emotional need to be an accepted member of a group. Humans have an inherent desire to belong and be an important part of something greater than themselves." (S.T. Fiske)

Koen De Preter finds it inspiring to work with many different kinds of dancers. Searching for unaffectedness, he has collaborated with 90-year-old Alphea Pouget (J O U R N E Y, 2014) and with groups of non-professional performers of various ages (While Things Can Change, 2012 and The House That Built Us, 2013). In his performances he looks for honest movement, cleverly combined with an eclectic soundtrack and never without a touch of humour. For To Belong he is working on a group choreography with Theater Stap’s actors.

To Belong is a dance performance about what it means to be part of a group. What brings people together, what connects them? Meditating together in silence? Or dancing together on phat beats? What causes people to care about one another? Why and when do they feel connected and when do moments of struggle occur? Theater Stap’s actors are dancing the experience of being a member of a group using both pedestrian and poetic movements. Movements that allow them to get together and identify with one another, movements in which they can lose themselves. But what happens if one falls out of the group, if one doesn’t belong?

Theater Stap is a professional theatre company from Flanders making performances in which people with disabilities take centre stage. Some of the actors have been a member of the company for 20 years. Creating dance performances is not new to Theater Stap. In the past there was the internationally renowned OOK by Sidi Larbi Cherkauoi and Nienke Reehorst and A swallow song by Joke Laureyns.

choreography Koen De Preter
dance Ann Dockx, Jan Goris, Peter Janssens, Els Laenen, Luc Loots, Nancy Schellekens,
Leen Teunkens, Jason Van Laere, Marc Wagemans
dramaturgical advice Nienke Reehorst
light design & technical support Klaartje Vermeulen
costume design Elisabeth Kinn Svensson
assistance to the performers
Dani Berlo, Ruben Swannet
production management Erick Clauwens
distribution Vincent Company

production Theater Stap
thanks to Catherine Springuel, Thomas Deckx