Danser brut attempts to reveal the connection between dance and involuntary or repetitive movements. The exhibition examines different forms of expression of the body, the face and the hands as a translation of our being-in-the-world. Through an intriguing mix of Art Brut, modern and contemporary art, medical archive documents, film excerpts, etc., the exhibition defies categorisation. It does not want to tell a history of dance, but aims to broaden our view and put modernity in a different light.

With work by Ulrich Bleiker, Michael Borremans, Charlie Chaplin, Aloïse Corbaz, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Michel François, Valeska Gert, Rebecca Horn, Henri Michaux, Vaslav Nijinsky, Arnulf Rainer, Philippe Vandenberg, Mary Wigman, Adolf Wölfli, along with a selection of archival documents, manuscripts, magazines, and film fragments.

Danser brut is organized by BOZAR, Brussels and Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent after an original concept by LaM, The Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art.


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  • Our exhibition spaces reopen on December 1

    We are very pleased to tell you that the exhibitions at BOZAR have reopened!

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  • 5 reasons to look forward to Danser brut

    BOZAR kicks off autumn with a surprising exhibition that looks at dance, movement, the body and health. Film, outsider art and medical documents are all thrown into this original mix. Discover how art and dance were influenced and shaped by unexpected sources: by pathologies and insanity, unusual movements and ‘abnormal’ bodies, as well as the most everyday gestures. An exhibition that pushes the envelope and dances across borders.

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    The coordinator of performing arts & literature at EUROPALIA Katleen Van Langendonck talked to director and choreographer Alain Platel. Watch their conversation here. 

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Ongoing and forthcoming