Together with Jolente and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, forty-four dancers enter into a dialogue with the natural landscape, where factors such as sound and silence, light and dark, distance and proximity become a matter of perspective, and where both new possibilities and boundaries emerge. In search of an ecological aesthetic they leave behind the four walls of the theatre for a performance that requires few theatrical interventions and fuse seamlessly with the natural environment.

The woods and the night sky offer the perfect backdrop for the ‘dreams’ to which the title Somnia refers. The first of the dreams is Somnium, a novel by the seventeenth-century astronomer Johannes Kepler, in which science and science fiction merge to show that the planets revolve around the sun in an elliptic orbit. The second dream underpinning the performance is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Combining Shakespeare and Kepler, the dancers explore the intersection of text, dance and music playing with gravity while guided by fantastic stories in a space-time far beyond the borders of urban theatre.

Somnia is the graduation project of PARTS final-year students. 

Somnia is created in the framework of Kunstenfestivaldesarts and will be performed daily between 29 May and 1 June at 8 pm at the castle park of Gaasbeek. This project is made possible with the support of the Agency for Nature and Forests (Agentschap Natuur & Bos) and the Gaasbeek Castle (Kasteel van Gaasbeek).

Because of Somnia’s overwhelming success at Kunstenfestivaldesarts, PARTS is organising an extra series of performances from 5 to 9 June. These extra performances are presented by Kaaitheater. Ticket sales for this extra series are handled exclusively by Kaaitheater.

Somnia during the Kunstenfestivaldesarts: 29 May - 1 June

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Extra series of Somnia in cooperation with Kaaitheater: 5 - 9 June

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P.A.R.T.S. / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jolente De Keersmaeker


With Rita Alves (PT), Maureen Bator (FR), Cassandre Cantillon (BE), Calvin Carrier (UK), Wai Lok Chan (HK), Aminata Diallo (FR), Synne Enoksen (NO), Papis Faye (SN), José Fernandez (ES), Carolina Ferreira (PT), Némo Flouret (FR), Rafael Dos Santos (BR), Jonas Gineika (LT), Tessa Hall (NZ), Hanako Hayakawa (JP), Hyeonseok Lee (KR), Thomas Higginson (UK), Mei-Ning Huang (TW), Cheyenne Illegems (BE), Keren Kraizer (IL), Georges Labbat (FR), Robson Ledesma (BR), Eimi Leggett (JP), Ivan Lucadamo (ES), Lydia McGlinchey (AU), Audrey Merilus (FR), Vasco Mirine (MZ), Fouad Nafili (MA), Azusa Namba (JP), Timothy Nouzak (AT), Stanley Ollivier (FR), Alban Ovanessian (FR), Jean-Baptiste Portier (FR), Margarida Ramalhete (PT), Luis Ramirez Munoz (CO), Myriam Rosser (ES), Julia Rubies (ES), Cintia Sebök (HU), Joshua Serafin (PH), Mariana Silva (BR), Judith Van Oeckel (BE), Mooni Van Tichel (BE), Gustavo Vieira (BR), Mamadou Wague (FR)


Created with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jolente De Keersmaeker


Location castle park of the Gaasbeek Castle


Production P.A.R.T.S.

Coproduction Rosas, tg STAN , Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Agentschap Natuur & Bos, Kasteel van Gaasbeek

Presentation Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaitheater, Agentschap Natuur & Bos, Kasteel van Gaasbeek

Thanks to Ictus, De School van Gaasbeek, Drinks Limbourg, the municipality of Lennik