Five dancers travel through the history of dance and, possibly, towards its future. Entering an unprecedented and incredible world, they discover a new awareness through variations of subtle movements: a new perception of space, the situation, of themselves and others.

In Built to Last, Meg Stuart works for the first time with existing classical music. The musical score, a historical meta-composition by music dramaturge Alain Franco, acts as a time machine. Each of the tracks, by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ludwig van Beethoven, Iannis Xenakis and Arnold Schönberg amongst others, reflects an overwhelming sense of monumentality.

 Meg Stuart is an American choreographer and dancer who lives and works in Berlin and Brussels. In 1994, she founded her own company, Damaged Goods, with which she has created over 30 productions, from solo to large choreographies, as well as installations and creations for specific spaces.

 Stuart strives to develop a new language for every piece in collaboration with artists from different creative disciplines and navigates the tension between dance and theatre. The use of theatrical devices, in addition to the dialogue between movement and narrative, are recurrent themes in her choreographies.

Stuart’s choreographic work revolves around the idea of an uncertain body, one that is vulnerable and self-reflexive. Through improvisation, she explores physical and emotional states or the memories of them. Her artistic work constantly redefines itself while searching for new presentation contexts and territories for dance. Her work has been internationally acclaimed.


The team

Choreography: Meg Stuart 

Co-creators and Cast: Dragana Bulut, Davis Freeman, Anja Müller, Maria F. Scaroni, Kristof Van Boven

Dramaturgy: Bart Van den Eynde, Jeroen Versteele

Music Dramaturgy: Alain Franco

Sound Design: Kassian Troyer

Stage Design: Doris Dziersk

Wardrobe: Nadine Grellinger

Lighting: Jürgen Tulzer, Frank Laubenheimer

Video: Philipp Hochleichter

Production: Damaged Goods (Brussels) and Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich)

Meg Stuart & Damaged Goods have the support of the Flemish authorities and the Flemish Community Commission