First Off the Wall workshop successful

On the 24th of October, Ugo Dehaes and Kalila Hermant opened the series of Off the Wall workshops during the On the Roof Dance Festival at Zinnema. At 10AM they signed present to introduce some dancers into the world of hip hop and contemporary dance. Result: a two-hour workshop filled with intense movements, controlled breaths and even some laughter. But, feel free to see it yourself on!

12 November 2015: DMNT premiere

On the 12th of November, kwaad bloed & Ugo Dehaes’ most recent production will premiere at Kultuurfaktorij Monty in Antwerp. In DMNT, Ugo Dehaes tries to fathom the process of dementia by trying to understand what goes on in the mind of the dementia sufferer. After the premiere, DMNT will be touring extensively through Flanders and the Netherlands. More dates

De Jonge Academie

Ugo Dehaes got selected as a new member of the Young Academy (De Jonge Academie) for the next 5 years. The Young Academie is an autonomous organisation that brings together the renowed young researchers with focus on scientific research in all its domains.
On march 12, 2015 the new members will be inaugurated. Inscription for this event is free of charge after registration:


Wed 02-12-2015 DMNT  20:15 Cultuurcentrum De Werft, Geel
Thu 17-12-2015 DMNT  20:00 Cultuurcentrum De Werf, Aalst
Mon 28-12-2015 Off the Wall  13:00 VOC, Vilvoorde
Thu 07-01-2016 DMNT  20:30 Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht
Fri 29-01-2016 DMNT  20:00 Magdalenazaal, Brugge
Sat 30-01-2016 DMNT  20:15 TAKT Dommelhof, Neerpelt
Tue 02-02-2016 DMNT  13:30 STUK kunstencentrum, Leuven
Wed 03-02-2016 DMNT  20:30 STUK kunstencentrum, Leuven
Thu 04-02-2016 DMNT  20:30 STUK kunstencentrum, Leuven
Tue 16-02-2016 DMNT  20:30 Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
Wed 17-02-2016 DMNT  20:30 Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
Thu 18-02-2016 DMNT  20:30 Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
Fri 19-02-2016 DMNT  20:30 Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
Sat 20-02-2016 DMNT  20:30 Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam



































kwaad bloed

kwaad bloed (bad blood) is the company centred on choreographer Ugo Dehaes. Ugo is fascinated by the human body and by the person who inhabits that body. He initially studied the body as an object, in predominantly visual performances, but he later concentrated on the energy that can emerge from the body. In the course of time his focus has expanded to include the interaction between bodies and the capacity of groups to communicate emotions to an audience. Zooming out to a broader perspective also involved zooming in: who is the individual behind the dancer? And also: what are the intimate reasons why we dance and create performances? kwaad bloed stands for ‘pure’ dance. Its productions are kept deliberately sober. They focus on the power of dance and dancers, and not on the power of effects that other media can generate. kwaad bloed makes extreme but accessible dance productions. Extreme because each one develops just one single idea to the full, using only the absolute minimum of resources necessary. Accessible because each piece emerges out of the viewer’s perspective, but without falling into the trap of taking an easy approach or constant repetition. Ugo remains true to his artistic exigency and is dependable in his motives, but always takes the audience into account: after all, without them a performance simply does not exist. The work invites the viewer to use his imagination and to be amazed by what he sees, though in this regard he is not expected to have any specific previous knowledge. kwaad bloed was set up in 2000 and has thus now been in existence for 15 years. All its work has so far been project-based, with a new creation being presented every two years. As from 2015 the company is receiving operational support from the Ministry of the Flemish Community, and has an active administrative structure. In addition to the annual creation of new productions, Ugo’s repertoire from previous years will also be revived, so as to give productions a longer life. 

ugo dehaes

Ugo (°1977, Leuven) started to dance at the age of 18. During a year he took ballet classes, followed contemporary dance with teachers like David Hernandez, Benoît Lachambre and Saburro Teshigawara and he followed a half-time theater education at De Kleine Academie. After that year he started his full-time dance education at P.A.R.T.S., the international school for dancers en choreographers directed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

In 1998 Ugo started to work as a dancer for Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods. During three years he collaborated on the pieces appetite and Highway 101. In 2000 he founded the structure kwaad bloed together with Charlotte Vanden Eynde. The same year they create together lijfstof, a show about the body as material, that would tour internationally.

From that moment onwards Ugo creates every second year a full evening production : ROEST (2002), about the decay of the human body, Rozenblad (2004), a dance perfomrance for kids about the growing and flowering of plants, in collaboration with Laika, Couple-like (2006), a very physical show about the relation between two people, in collaboration with Keren Levi (Israel/Amsterdam), FORCES (2008), a bigger visual production in collaboration with Roeland Luyten and Arne Lievens, based on the universal forces that keep our world together, Couple-like#2, a youngster-version of Couple-like in collaboration with Dox and Het Lab, Utrecht,  WOMEN (2011), a piece for 8 women in their 30's, 40's and 50's, GIRLS (2013), the prequel of WOMEN for girls of 10-14 years old in collaboration with fABULEUS and Grafted (2013), a big show for 4 couples.

In the mean while Ugo was also active as a dancers for other choreographers amongst which Sachiyo Takahashi, Emil Hrvatin, Arco Renz, Gisèle Vienne & Etienne Bideau-Rey, Kataline Patkaï, Nada Gambier, Heine R. Avdal ... and as a performer and actor in numerous short movies, little performances and theater plays.

kwaad bloed receives structural government subsidies since 2015: next to yearly new creations, Ugo will give some of his earlier work a new life and put them on repertoire.

kwaad bloed vzw wordt structureel ondersteund door de Vlaamse Gemeenschap en de Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie