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In his iconic PUUR, top choreographer Wim Vandekeybus investigates extreme violence against the innocent

In his iconic performance PUUR (PURE), Belgian choreographer Wim Vandekeybus investigates extreme violence against the innocent. He tells the story of a man who kills out of fear of losing his power. The choreographer was not only inspired to do this by ancient mythologies and Herod’s biblical infanticide, but also by contemporary genocides. In PUUR Vandekeybus created deeply human character studies with epic proportions. In this hybrid performance, dance, theatre and film come together in a dark universe in which Vandekeybus’ electrifying movement language and provocative images never lose their poetic power.

The Belgian all-round artist Wim Vandekeybus belongs to the list of internationally renowned choreographers and directors who formed the Flemish Wave in the 1980s. For the first time, Vandekeybus’ work is now part of the repertoire of Opera Ballet Vlaanderen. It therefore fully fits in with the mission to continue to perform important works by Flemish choreographers and to pass them on to a new generation of dancers and audiences. PUUR is an unmissable highlight in recent Flemish dance history.

ca. 2 hours

Free introduction (in Dutch) 60 minutes before the start of the performance.

English spoken with Dutch surtitles

After the performance on June 29 (Opera Antwerp), you can attend an afterword, 10 minutes after the end of the performance. Our dramaturges will engage in a conversation with the production team and the audience.

This performance contains nudity and depictions of violence.

The creators

  • Wim Vandekeybus

    Staging and choreography

  • David Eugene Edwards


  • Fausto Romitelli


  • P.F. Thomése


  • Ultima Vez


  • Wim Vandekeybus

    Set and video design

  • Isabelle Lhoas

    Costume design

  • Ralf Nonn

    Original lighting design



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