Involving audiences

Throughout the season, Charleroi danse runs activities to help audiences learn more about the world of the dancers and choreographers on the bill, in addition to finding out about the reality and day-to-day work of a choreographic centre: guided tours of the spaces at La Raffinerie and Les Écuries, projects involving local associations and courses for students are just some of the strands of our work to raise awareness about dance.

Our programme also features encounters, an opportunity to meet the artists, the outcomes of residences, workshops, lectures and others activities.

Echoing the shows
Presentation of the season

In mid-June 2018, Charleroi danse is organising two events to present the programme for the 2018-2019 season to the public.
Bring your friends and get a preview of some new surprises in dance and perhaps already plan what you’re going to see and when!

June 14th 2018 — CHARLEROI Les Écuries
June 15th 2018 — BRUSSELS La Raffinerie

Young audiences

Charleroi danse makes no secret of its desire to attract audiences of all ages. The smallest among us will also love the regular programme for young audiences.
See the programme

Wednesdays — dance workshops

Peggy Francart is offering dance workshops based on themes associated with Charleroi danse’s programme. The contemporary repertoire, metamorphosed bodies and monstrosities are some of the ideas that will be tackled in a fun and creative atmosphere. The series will end with a public presentation of the work during the International Dance Day on 29 April 2018.

Information & registration
+32 (0)71 50 92 87
Wednesdays from 18.10.2017 to 27.06.2018 (except school holidays):
16:00 > 18:00 — for children (6+)
19:00 > 21:00 — for adults
Charleroi — Les Écuries

Courses during the school holidays

With its desire to open La Raffinerie’s doors to Molenbeek’s children, Charleroi danse and the Maison des Cultures et de la Cohésion Sociale are running courses during the school holidays.

Amateur activities

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, take the step and come and dance!
#foreveryone #childrentoo #brussels #charleroi

Tuesdays – Movement and wellbeing

In Brussels, dancer and choreographer Fernando Martín offers a series of movement and fitness workshops. This course is designed for anyone who wants to discover the techniques of dance and wellbeing, such as do-in (self-massage), chi-kung (movement of energy), stretching yoga and of course contemporary dance.
A regular class to keep yourself physically fit and get to know your body better.

Information & registration:

+32 (0)71 23 01 33

Tuesdays from 17.10.2017 to 26.06.2018 (except in school holidays)
19:30 > 21:00

Class € 5

Brussels — La Raffinerie

Les mardis — Yoga

Ludovica Riccardi, en charge à Charleroi danse de la programmation de cours pour danseurs professionnels, pratique depuis plus de 10 ans
le yoga BKS Iyengar, dont elle suit une formation à l’enseignement.
Cette méthode met l’accent sur l’alignement et la durée des postures. Les asanas sont adaptés aux élèves en fonction de leur souplesse et avec l’aide des supports.
Pour améliorer le bien-être et la compréhension de son corps, avec une pratique correcte, sûre et efficace.
Un mardi sur deux
(sauf vacances scolaires)

Informations & inscriptions

+32 (0)71 23 01 33

Un mardi sur deux
à partir du 17.09.2019
(sauf vacances scolaires):
19:00 > 20:30


Bruxelles — La Raffinerie

Les mercredis – Hip-Hop & contemporain

Après le foot, la danse est l’activité la plus populaire dans le monde. Forts de leur pratique personnelle, les danseurs Julie Bougard et Julien Carlier animent des ateliers mêlant Hip-Hop et répertoire contemporain. S’appuyant sur les bases rythmiques et techniques du Hip-Hop, le cours permet à chacun de développer sa propre expression via des sessions d’improvisation et de composition simples.

Informations & inscriptions

+32 (02) 412 35 14

Les mercredis
à partir du 18.09.2019
(sauf vacances scolaires):
15:30 > 17:00

dès 7 ans

Bruxelles — La Raffinerie

Wednesdays — dance workshops

Peggy Francart is offering dance workshops based on themes associated with Charleroi danse’s programme. The contemporary repertoire, metamorphosed bodies and monstrosities are some of the ideas that will be tackled in a fun and creative atmosphere. The series will end with a public presentation of the work during the International Dance Day on 29 April 2018.

Information & registration:
+32 (0)71 50 92 87

Wednesdays from 18.10.2017 to 27.06.2018 (except school holidays):
16:00 > 18:00 — for children (6+)
19:00 > 21:00 — for adults


Charleroi — Les Écuries

Fridays — Movement workshop for people aged 55+

The movement workshops run by Fernando Martín in Charleroi are continuing. Intended for people aged over 55, they aim to improve the body’s mobility and flexibility through breathing exercises, self-massage, stretching and learning the techniques of chi kung, do-in and yoga.

Information & registration:
+32 (0)71 50 92 87

Fridays from 20.10.2017 to 29.06.2018 (except school holidays):
10:30 > 12:30

Registration fee € 20 per year

Charleroi — Les Écuries

School audiences

Learning about dance and body issues will be a fixed part of school curriculums when the cultural and artistic educational pathway (PECA) comes into force. It can also provide a methodological approach to a particular goal in teaching. We are listening to teachers and offering them a range of tools free of charge. So, teachers, why not drop in and tell us what you need and what you expect. Then we’ll develop your individual educational approach together!

If you are a teacher, see the professionals’ section

ÉKLA / Rencontres Danse à l’École

Every year, in association with Ékla, a youth drama centre in Wallonia (CDWEJ), Charleroi danse hosts the Rencontres Danse à l’École at Les Écuries. The aim of these days is to raise the profile of workshops conducted all year round in a number of schools in Wallonia as part of the Art in Schools programme.
Introducing children from a very early age to the arts, educating them in how to see things by inviting them to question what is revealed, or simply giving them an opportunity to devote themselves to creation during the project are vital challenges in the construction of tomorrow’s society.
During the academic year, in partnership with an artist and the teacher, students are able to experience the creative process. At the end of a season of workshops in class, with the emphasis on research and experimentation, a short version of their work is presented. This is envisaged not as a finished show but as a stage in an ongoing process. However this fragile and ephemeral moment of encounter with an audience gives the students an idea of the power of their creation and allows them to exchange ideas with other school students from all over Wallonia, sharing ideas in a caring and inquisitive setting. During this process, the students are actors, dancers, writers and spectators.
This event is being held this year on 26 and 27 April 2018.

Molenbeek roots

In its industrial past, La Raffinerie was one of the beating hearts of Molenbeek. To continue to play a role in the area and be open to different audiences, it offers a series of dance outreach activities.
Building bridges, forging links, awakening new interests, La Raffinerie undertakes to find points of convergence and ways of coming together with the local population. Artists selected and supported by the institution work in close collaboration with schools and associations and develop unique artistic projects.
La Raffinerie offers a regular programme for young audiences, including performances in collaboration with the Maison des Cultures et de la Cohésion Sociale. La Raffinerie’s doors are open to school children and audiences of all kind, including during the school holidays when there are creative courses for young children.
In time, a children’s space is to be created to allow local children to learn practices in contemporary dance while their mums go off and relax and/or do different training.


+32 (0)71 23 01 33

First Dance in Molenbeek

There is an age when dance is spontaneous, uninhibited and innate. It happens universally in children aged between two-and-a-half and 6 years old. Nevertheless this early free dance happens within a sociological and cultural context. It is obviously expressed differently in different environments and cultures. You just have to mention all the dances listed to understand the richness of this art form and the true sense of the word ‘popular’: tango, salsa, hip hop, tecktonik, waltz, slow, disco, sardan, flamenco, zulu, haka, oriental dance, twist, Indian dance, country, tribal dance, polka, break dance, folk dance, jump style, classical dance etc.
The First Dance series proposes recording all these different kinds of first choreographic gestures by filming different children from Molenbeek. It is about building up a kind of record of dancing children in the area, a sensory map of this generation’s free movements.
At the end of filming, we will have a unique collection of portraits of children with different faces and bodies, creating a universal image of Molenbeek childhood in movement. The collection will be housed in the commune’s town hall like a joyful trace left behind by this generation and kept as a lasting impression for future generations.

With dancers
Resident choreographers Ayelen Parolin and Louise Vanneste

Being the only choreographic centre in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation means that Charleroi danse has a responsibility both towards the public and towards artists. A new policy of activities for audiences has been put in place, while for professionals, in addition to responses that need to be made on an ad hoc basis, thought is being given to the long term. From 2017 to 2020 Charleroi danse is committing itself to producing, presenting and supporting the works of the choreographers Ayelen Parolin and Louise Vanneste.
Why and what do these “residences” mean? For the new team heading up Charleroi danse, it is important to redefine what this well-worn notion about positioning artists at the heart of what we do actually means by redrawing the very contours of this “heart”. It is clear that some up-and-coming artists can become worn down by the lack of funding or overt appreciation, trapped in a kind of prolonged adolescence and dependency in the artistic and institutional realm. This is a harmful and unproductive policy that should be avoided. Being the institution it is, Charleroi danse has chosen two artists living and working in Belgium whose development is at a critical point of maturity. To become established and fully autonomous, a risk is being taken for them to produce work regularly, enabling them to concentrate solely on their own artistic activities and avoid spreading themselves too thinly.
In specific terms, the support given to Louise Vanneste and Ayelen Parolin comes in the form of € 150,000 of financial assistance that they can apportion according to their priorities over a three-year period. To run their operations they have been given an office at La Raffinerie and priority access to the rehearsal studios. In return, they both commit to establish links with the audiences of Charleroi danse outside their creations, in whatever form they devise. Between the more eccentric Ayelen and the more abstract Louise, these two artists motivated by very different imaginary worlds are in the process of revealing a true poetry of form in what remains precarious work requiring the support of Charleroi danse.


As part of its policy to provide assistance and support creation, every year Charleroi danse undertakes to coproduce shows. This coproduction is first and foremost for artists in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, but is also open to projects by foreign artists. It is available to both established and up-and-coming artists. The assistance consists of a financial contribution and is generally accompanied by providing studio space and possibly technical, administrative or promotional support by including pieces on the programme in our spaces in Brussels and Charleroi.

For the 17-18 season, the artists and projects in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation that we are coproducing are:

Lara Barsacq Lost in Ballets russes
Alessandro Bernardeschi and Mauro Paccagnella El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido
Fanny Brouyaux De la poésie, du sport, etc.
Félicette Chazerand RONDES
Ondine Cloez Vacances vacance
Caroline Cornélis 10:10
Lorenzo de Angelis De la force exercée
Olga de Soto Mirage
Léa Drouet Boundary Games
Thomas Hauert How to proceed
Harold Henning The Old Loop
Youness Khoukhou Noon
Monia Montali et François Bodeux Ill seen
Bénédicte Mottart humanimal
Michèle Noiret création 2018
Albert Quesada It’s time
Jonathan Schatz Immersion
Thierry Smits / THOR We are woman
Pierre Larauza + Emmanuelle Vincent / t.r.a.n.s.i.t.s.c.a.p.e Mutante
Uiko Watanabe La mousse
Fré Werbrouck Murmurô
Erika Zueneli Allein !

The international productions, artists and projects we are coproducing are:

Koen Augustijnen & Rosalba Torres Guerrero (B)
Bryan Campbell Square Dance
Eric Minh Cuong Castaing Phoenix
Malika Djardi 3
Jule Flierl Störlaut
Bruno Freire À la recherche du ___________.
Olivia Grandville À l’Ouest
Lisbeth Gruwez The Sea within
Ali Moini création 2018
Vilma Pitrinaite SOMAHOLIDAYS
Christian Rizzo d’à côté

Residences and Open Studio

Every season, Charleroi danse offers choreographers in the Federation as well as international choreographers the possibility of benefiting from our “creative residences”. This support comes in the form of providing work spaces at Les Écuries and La Raffinerie and accommodation (in Charleroi only), as well as technical and administrative support so that the artists can develop their projects in ideal conditions. These residences are generally accompanied by support with coproduction. Meeting audiences, taking residences out and about, and awareness and outreach activities are organised at the artists’ request or in line with Charleroi danse’s projects. This dialogue with the organisation can last for a number of weeks.

“Open Studio” is another programme supporting choreographic creation. In parallel with artists’ residences, Charleroi danse hosts a company or an artist for a stage in their creation or research, providing one of the six rehearsal studios at Les Écuries in Charleroi or at La Raffinerie in Brussels free of charge. There may also be technical and administrative assistance as well as the offer of an artistic perspective. The Open Studio, which lasts for at least one week, first and foremost benefits up-and-coming choreographers or a choreographic team, but they may also come from another artistic field if their approach involves some kind of interaction with dance.

To submit applications for a coproduction, residence or an open studio,
see the professionals’ section.

Certificat Danse et pratiques chorégraphiques

Certificat de formation continue
Janvier — Septembre 2020

Centrée sur la pratique et le développement d’une recherche artistique, cette formation supérieure croise pratique et théorie pour répondre aux attentes et nécessités de la profession en danse.

La formation se déroule à Bruxelles, à Charleroi et à Paris. Ce certificat se construit sur un partenariat entre Charleroi danse, l’opérateur culturel en charge des questions chorégraphiques sur le territoire de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, l’école de La Cambre (ENSAV), l’INSAS/Institut Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle et le Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, en collaboration avec la filière en Arts du spectacle de la Faculté de Lettres, Traduction et Communication de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles et l’UO/Université ouverte.

Le certificat Danse et pratiques chorégraphiques s’inscrit à un niveau d’exigence correspondant à un Master dans l’enseignement supérieur (niveau 7). 
Il se déroule sous forme de 9 sessions et sur une période de 9 mois.

* Offrir aux participants un approfondissement de différentes pratiques du corps ou de la création chorégraphique ; 

* Maîtriser les outils conceptuels et dramaturgiques de la création chorégraphique ; 

* Explorer une recherche originale, individuelle et collective ; 

* Aborder les conditions de mise en œuvre d’un projet avec une équipe sur un plateau ; 

* Stimuler la réflexion et la créativité des participants.

De janvier à septembre 2020
(équivalent à 25 crédits ECTS)

Danseur, chorégraphe, artiste de 20 à 35 ans, dont la recherche est liée à la question du corps et du mouvement, titulaire d’un bachelor ou ayant au moins 3 ans d’expériences professionnelles.

Boris Charmatz, danseur, chorégraphe et directeur de l’association Terrain;
MarK Tompkins, danseur, chanteur chorégraphe et pédagogue ;
Meg Stuart, chorégraphe et danseuse ;
nora chipaumire, performeuse, chorégraphe et chercheuse en danse ;
Lia Rodrigues, chorégraphe, danseuse et directrice de la Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças
Brice Cannavo, créateur sonore et professeur à l’INSAS ;
Julie Petit-Etienne, créatrice lumière et professeur à l’INSAS ;
Olga de Soto, danseuse, chorégraphe et chercheuse en danse ;
Karel Vanhaesebrouck, auteur, dramaturge, professeur à l’ULB et directeur du CiASp.

13 > 24 janvier 2020 — masterclass 1
Boris Charmatz

27 > 31 janvier 2020 — module 1
Dramaturgie, esthétique, corps, politique

17 > 28 février 2020 — masterclass 2
Mark Tompkins avec la participation de Meg Stuart

9 > 18 mars 2020 — module 2
Initiation à la création sonore et lumière
Julie Petit-Etienne & Brice Cannavo

25 mars > 4 avril 2020— module 3
(Festival LEGS)
Analyse de spectacles
Olga de Soto

6 > 17 avril 2020 — masterclass 3
nora chipaumire

27 avril > 8 mai 2020 — masterclass 4
Lia Rodrigues

15 > 20 juin 2020 — module 4
Camping, plateforme chorégraphique internationale, Paris

29 juin > 10 juillet 2020 — module 5
Recherche et développement de projets collectifs 
Olga de Soto

Septembre 2020
Certification, bilan et évaluation

Envoi d’un dossier de présélection de 5 Mo maximum pour le 26 juin 2019 par email uniquement à l’adresse suivante :

Le dossier de présélection se compose de :
– Un CV incluant la présentation détaillée du cursus suivi par candidat.e ainsi que de ses pratiques professionnelles artistiques et corporelles
– Une lettre de motivation
– La présentation de l’état actuel des recherches)

19 et 20 septembre 2019
à Charleroi danse / La Raffinerie, Bruxelles



Training Programme

Responding to the needs of the profession, Charleroi danse offers a continuous programme of classes and workshops at La Raffinerie. This training allows dancers, of whom there are many in Brussels, to learn a variety of techniques and develop their research and improvisation work. The teachers are dancers and choreographers from all over the world, recognised for their teaching skills and singular approaches and representative of different dance practices today. This season, the training programme is being extended to offer regular teaching in dances from all over the world as well as new forms of folklore.

See the programme.

Information & registration:

+32 (0)71 23 01 33

Class € 8 / Week € 35

Price varies

Brussels — La Raffinerie

Hip hop – du Tremplin à la Scène #3

Launched in 2009, springboard to the stage #3 is the third time that professional training is being offered to hip-hop dancers coordinated by the Centre culturel Jacques Franck in collaboration with other cultural actors. Alongside Compagnie Victor B, Théâtre de Namur, Centre culturel de Namur, Mars – Mons arts de la scène, Centre culturel régional du Centre – La Louvière, Théâtre de Liège, FLOW – Centre Euro-régional des cultures urbaines, association Lezarts Urbains, Grand Studio, Iles asbl Iles, Bureau International de la Jeunesse and Compagnie Art Track, Charleroi danse is one of the partners involved in this venture again this year. The project, initiated by Jean-Claude Pambè Wayack and supported by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, is an opportunity to contribute to the recognition and development of hip-hop dance on professional stages.
Le Tremplin trains young artists for a year and supports them as they work on choreographic creation. During several weeks of intensive training in theoretical and practical modules given by specialists, a group of twenty up-and-coming artists will be able to perfect their art by enriching it with various styles that are historically part of the hip-hop movement: break, locking, popping, but also more recent disciplines linked to urban dance such as house dance, krump, waacking and afro modern. Le Tremplin also allows participants to take a more professional approach by tackling choreographic writing, dramaturgy, set design etc. The programme culminates in a public presentation of their creations during a tour to partner theatres in 2019-2020.

With the performing arts sector

Brussels, Dance !

Between 1 February and 4 April 2020, dance, in all its diversity and vitality, will take centre stage in Brussels!

For its third edition, Brussels, dance! will once again put contemporary choreography in the spotlight.

Brussels attracts choreographers from Belgium and abroad who are inspired by the dynamics of an inventive and vibrant capital. Great talents from the dance world create, meet and showcase their work in this exceptionally lively and creative city.
Brussels, dance! is an initiative from 13 arts centres who want to raise the profile of contemporary dance and make Brussels shine as the capital of dance! The organisers also want to encourage the audience to discover unfamiliar places and promote contact between spectators and artists in this cultural network.

This year, 13 cultural centres will bring together their programmes under the label “Brussels, dance!” Beursschouwburg, Charleroi danse / La Raffinerie, Garage
29, Kaaitheater, KVS, L’L, Balsamine, La Bellone, le 140, Jacques Franck, the Brigittines, Les Halles de Schaerbeek and Théâtre National illustrate the richness and diversity of the Brussels dance scene and make their audiences an open and bold offer.


For the full programme, please visit our website:

Tour de Dance

Réseau international de Diffusion en
 Danse contemporaine, Tour de Dance a pour objectif de faciliter, d’optimiser et 
de mutualiser les tournées de spectacles chorégraphiques – généralement extra-européens – dans un périmètre géographique « restreint » et dans « un temps défini » en Belgique, au Grand-Duché du Luxembourg, en France, au Pays-Bas et en Allemagne.

Fondé en 2015, le réseau
 compte 5 membres-fondateurs :
 Le Théâtre de Liège (Belgique), Charleroi danse (Belgique), Les Théâtres de la
 Ville de Luxembourg (Luxembourg), La Comète – Scène Nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne (France), Holland Dance Festival à La Haye (Pays-Bas). En 2016,
 ces 5 membres-fondateurs ont été rejoints par le Concertgebouw – Cultuurcentrum de Bruges (Belgique), La Scène Nationale
 61 d’Alençon (France), Les deux
 Scènes de Besançon (France), tanzhaus nrw (Allemagne).

La fédération de ces 9 maisons de diffusion et de production d’œuvres chorégraphiques internationales permet d’importantes économies d’échelles en termes de coûts de voyages et d’accueils. Elle offre aussi aux publics une variété de programmation importante, axée sur la diversité culturelle, sortant souvent des sentiers battus.

Cette saison, plusieurs spectacles sont invités dans ce « tour ». Charleroi danse a proposé le spectacle du Brésilien Bruno Beltrão, Inoah, pièce pour 10 danseurs. Cinq lieux à l’origine du réseau, Charleroi danse, le Théâtre de Liège, Concertgebouw Brugge en partenariat avec Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg et La Comète, l’accueilleront durant le mois d’octobre ainsi que quatre autres lieux qui s’associent pour l’occasion, Vooruit Gent, STUK Leuven, Theater Freiburg et Mars – Mons arts de la scène.

Une tournée de 12 représentations de Inoah dont l’organisation et la production déléguée sont assurées
par Charleroi danse :

02 & 03.10.2019
Vooruit, Gent (BE)

Charleroi danse / Les Écuries, Biennale Internationale
de la danse, Charleroi (BE)

STUK Leuven (BE)

12 & 13.10.2019
Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (LU)

15 & 16.10.2019
Théâtre de Liège (BE)

18 octobre 2019
La Comète, Châlons-en-Champagne (FR)

20 octobre 2019
Theater Freiburg (DE)

23 octobre 2019
Concertgebouw Brugge (BE)

25 octobre 2019
Mars – Mons arts de la scène (BE)