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12 October 2018

Birgit Cullberg Stipend 2018 for QUARTO

The Swedish-Brazilian artist duo QUARTO (Anna af Sillén de Mesquita and Leandro Zappala) has been awarded the Birgit Cullberg Stipend 2018.

For the past ten years QUARTO has been exploring the relationship between the body and a kilometer long rope. This has resulted in a five-hour performance at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, several performances at MDT, as well as extensive international exposure. The Birgit Cullberg Stipend is awarded this year for the 20th time.

From the jury’s motivation: “”QUARTO works in the present moment using chance as a tool. They question our time by challenging human meaning and existence. They place themselves outside their own self, dehumanizing themselves and the viewer. They portray life, death and our world. QUARTO is a resistance movement to the twenty-first century’s accelerated time.””

4 December 2017

Dana Michel – new artist collaboration

Key Performance is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Montreal based artist Dana Michel.

In her pieces, Dana Michel explores the multiple facets of identity through intuitive improvisation. She brings to the fore the notions of performance alchemy and cultural bricolage – using live moments, object appropriation, and the juxtaposition of personal history with current preoccupations. After the immense success of Yellow Towel, she continues to criss-cross the globe with her new solo creation, Mercurial George. An exceptional choreographer and performer world-renowned for her moving work, Dana Michel was awarded the Silver Lion for Innovation in Dance at the Venice Biennale in 2017.

In this new collaboration Key Performance (international distribution & relations) joins forces with Benoît Lachambre’s company Par B.L.eux, who will assist Dana Michel administratively and production-wise.

22 May 2017

Key Performance Recruits

To reinforce our small team and to deepen our relationships with the artists and the art field, we are now recruiting an Art Project Manager (form of employment, timing and conditions to be discussed).

As an Art Project Manager you will represent our artists and place their works in the best possible presentation context. You will try to match bold artistic projects with the reality of the market. You will proactively search for and stimulate collaborations with the artistic and the corporate sector. You will maintain a high profile by attending international performances, festivals and conferences.

You have a passion for the (performing) arts, you can profoundly analyse a work of art and you are acquainted with the international arts market. You are a bridge builder, a connector with excellent communication skills. You are dedicated, flexible, integer and capable of working independently. You are socially skilled and keen on traveling. You are a problem solver with a positive mindset.

We welcome your motivation letter + CV to managing director Koen Vanhove (koen@keyperformance.se) the latest 30 June 2017.

15 May 2017

FUN! – new creation Lea Moro

We are thrilled to invite you to the premiere of FUN! by Lea Moro at Tanzhaus Zürich from 6 till 10 June 2017. In FUN! the Berlin/Zurich based choreographer Lea Moro discovers the world of theme parks and forms of entertainment. When, where and how do we have fun? What is the purpose of our having fun? And how is fun and laughter doomed to failure? The German premiere of FUN! is at Tanz im August in Berlin on 11, 12 & 13 August. You can find the preliminary tour schedule on this website.

02 May 2017

Marlene Monteiro Freitas at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts

After a successful series at TNDM II in Lisbon, Marlene Monteiro Freitas’ latest creation “”Bacchae – Prelude to a Purge”” will now be presented at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels on 5, 6, 7 & 8 May 2017.

One of the greatest discoveries on the international choreographic scene, Marlene Monteiro Freitas fascinates audiences with her language of abundant vitality, her strong imagery and her wealth of references. In her works characterised by excess and expressivity, heterogeneous, disturbing and funny elements are combined with limitless creativity, like parts of a spectacular machine producing sensations. Her latest work is also her most ambitious. Based on Euripides’ The Bacchantes, thirteen dancers and musicians tackle the Greek tragedy – for Nietzsche, summoned here, the very illustration of the metaphysical function of art. Marlene Monteiro Freitas’ Bacchae are a war between the Apollonian and Dionysian, reason and intuition, form and dissolution of the form, individuation and self-denial. They also question art, life and art as the affirmation of life.

01 March 2017

Lea Moro – new artist

Key Performance has started a new collaboration, with the young and talented artist Lea Moro.

Lea Moro is a choreographer/performer based in Berlin and Zürich. Her very first works – Le Sacre du Printemps, a ballet for a single body (2013/14); (b)reaching stillness (2015) and The End of the Alphabet (2016) – indicate a peculiar talent. Inspired by canonical works or genres, she manages to bring together seemingly disparate elements with subtle humor. The bizarre choice of material, the opulent music and bold associations are always wittily composed into a meaningful choreographic-theatrical language.

Lea Moro was nominated talented choreographer in the yearbook 2015 of Tanz magazine. Right now, she is preparing a new group piece: FUN!, with 5 performers (premiere in Zürich: 6-10 June 2017). In 2017/18 she will be part of the Young Associated Artist Program at Tanzhaus Zürich in cooperation with Pro Helvetia.

07 February 2017

New creation Marlene Monteiro Freitas

Marlene Monteiro Freitas is currently preparing a new creation. “”Bacchae – Prelude to a Purge”” is a work for 13 performers. The premiere is planned at TNDMII in Lisbon on 20 April 2017. “”Bacchae”” will then start touring extensively – Brussels, Utrecht, Montemor, Porto, Montpellier, Athens etc.

22 June 2016

Key Performance this summer

Key Performance wishes you a fruitful, interesting and relaxing festival summer. If you wish to meet us, our collaborators can be found at the following festivals:

Koen Vanhove:
Montpellier, Montpellier Dance Festival (28-30 June)
Amsterdam, Julidans (1-8 July)
Avignon (18-22 July)
Gothenburg, Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival (21-25 August)

Maarten Van Cauwenberghe:
Amsterdam, Julidans (1-4 July)
Marseille, Festival de Marseille (4-9 July)
Avignon, Festival d’Avignon (12-25 July)
Berlin, Tanz im August (21 – 26 August)

Julia Asperska:
Amsterdam, Julidans (20 June-3 July)
Antwerp, Zomer van Antwerpen (3-25 July)
Gothenburg, Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival (21-26 August)

Do not hesitate to contact us!

9 September 2015

Marlene Monteiro Freitas/new creation

Jaguar by Marlene Monteiro Freitas in collaboration with Andreas Merk will premiere at Zodiak – Center for New Dance in Helsinki (FI) on 6, 8, 10, 11 & 13 October 2015.

1 August 2014

New artist collaboration

Key Performance is proud to announce that it has started a collaboration with the artist Marlene Monteiro Freitas. More news will follow on this website later on.

Born in Mindelo, the cultural capital of Cape Verde, Marlene Monteiro Freitas co-founded a dance company there before attending P.A.R.T.S., the renowned Brussels school of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. She pursued further studies in Lisbon, where she is currently based. Starting with her initial projects, she placed herself at a remove from schools and conventions. The adventures she plunged into as a dancer – notably with Emmanuelle Huynn, Loic Touzé, Boris Charmatz and Tânia Carvalho – already cheerfully tested the boundaries of choreography. She exploded those limits when she began to work as a choreographer, turning the body into an instrument of artistic subversion in works characterized by an extraordinary energetic display, with tableaux inhabited by hybrid beings in constant metamorphosis. She struck a chord with her trenchant imitation of Prince in (M)imosa, created in collaboration with Trajal Harrell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea. For her personal projects she has chosen the collective Bomba Suicida, whose name suggests that the artists must act like terrorists to survive. She already has a half dozen works to her credit, including the solo Guintche and her first ensemble piece Paraíso–colecção privada [Paradise – private collection]. Her latest work, de marfim e carne – as estátuas também sofrem [of marble and flesh – statues also suffer], was presented at the Montpellier Danse Festival this summer.

15 May 2014

AH/HA – creation by Voetvolk | Lisbeth Gruwez

After two years of continued touring with It’s Going to Get Worse and Worse and Worse, My Friend, the Belgian choreographer/dancer Lisbeth Gruwez and her company Voetvolk are now preparing a new piece titled AH/HA.

Five bodies meet at a locale without a name, perhaps even in the middle of the night. On the rhythm of the circumstances they slowly grow towards one another, the way trash sometimes gathers in a deserted street. But their synergy confers unexpected power on them. They coalesce in one of the most expressive manifestations of humankind: laughter. Resulting in an encounter that becomes a dangerous feast of shared ecstacy.

With AH/HA, Voetvolk moves on to the cutting edge of its investigation of the ecstatic body. The performance explores the wealth of plastic variations of the laughing body, making its physical and psychic impact tangible for the viewer.

AH/HA is the first group performance of Voetvolk.

The premiere of AH/HA is planned at the Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis in Paris on 13 & 14 June 2014.

May 2014

Poste Restante in Gothenburg

After last year’s presentations in Stockholm (MDT) and Helsinki (Baltic Circle Festival), the Swedish art collective Poste Restante is now preparing a third series of Civilization and Its Discontents (part I) for the city of Gothenburg. The Gothenburg version of Civilization and Its Discontents (part I) will take place at Göteborgs Konsthall from 22 until 25 May 2014.

Civilization and Its Discontents (part I) is an interactive performance based on Sigmund Freud’s essay of the same name. During a 2,5 hour conference the individual visitor is given the possibility to examine her/his personal relationship to the themes of power, desire and responsibility, with the common goal of achieving a utopian community. Civilization and Its Discontents is a process work by Poste Restante, which is to result in a diptych performance. Part I is now on its third cycle of staging. The process investigates the validity of Freud’s stipulated dilemma of modernity – the only thing that holds civilization together is the repression of desire, witch ultimately makes us discontent. Freud’s work is brought in to serve as a starting point to further explore the problematic desire for a communion with others, while being unwilling to compromise oneself.

February 2014


Key Performance is currently coordinating a major artistic research event in Stockholm – Loitering with Intent: A Feast of Research, which will be held on 5-7 March 2014.

Loitering with Intent brings together Stockholm University of the Arts (Uniarts) and the Society for Artistic Research (SAR) to explore formats for sharing knowledge that emerge from artistic research practices.

The event will inaugurate Uniarts’ new premises at Linnégatan 87 in central Stockholm. This distinctive building will be the centre of the three-day event spanning three floors. The days will be framed through the artist collective Poste Restante and offer the participants a variety of presentation formats, including performances and exhibitions of research projects, installations focusing on the readings of the Journal for Artistic Research, workshops analysing contributions, reviewing the reviews, and reflecting on how the networks forming in Artistic Research could work for the community. There will be speed dating about getting on, in and with research.


January 2014

Congratulations Jefta van Dinther who is the recipient of the Swedish Dance Critics Association’s Dance Award 2013!

The jury’s motivation: “Jefta van Dinther has in a short amount of time gone from intimate and intensive works to a grand format with Plateau Effect for Cullberg Ballet. The individuals become parts of a strikingly visual living organism. The rhythmic breathing and the generous approach towards the different disciplines of a stage performance embody “new choreography” making the movement into visual art, bathed in intricate light, while still being open for interpretation.”


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