het Theater Festival

“In times of one-sided identity constructions, the performance deals intelligently with binary oppositions: at first it creates spontaneous categories in your mind through simple distinctions between young and old or male and female, only to unexpectedly flip them and let pure humanity prevail over them. The poignancy of that effect is great.”


What Remains

Zoë Demoustier / Ultima Vez


What Remains is a story about beginning and ending, about standing at the very end of a lifeline, at the point where you start as a child or where you end as an older one. The poetry of changing as a person, making memories and the fear of losing them. 

In What Remains, Zoë Demoustier brings two generations together on stage: children who start life and older dancers who leave life behind. The outcome of that encounter is a physical and dancing game between old and young that exposes the perishable body. In a language of movement in which roles can be reversed, both are strong in their vulnerability. A child carries his grandparent; an elderly dancer regains his childlike freedom; Who takes care of whom? They find each other in the similarities and differences. The older generation consists of professional dancers. These dancers embody the forgotten body, the body that is no longer visible on stage. Who are those people, that forgotten group? Are they forced to stop because of a changed body?




Choreography: Zoë Demoustier
Performers: Misha Demoustier, Jef Stevens, Karin Vyncke, Irene Schaltegger, Alice Monserez, Chizzy Chinaedu, Charlotte Maes, Kyora Kaiwa Stoffer, Luwe Van Gucht & Charlie Van Cauwenberghe
Dramaturgy: Danielle van Vree
Choreography assistance: Oihana Azpillaga
Artistic Advice: Annemie Boonen, Misha Demoustier, Oihana Azpillaga & Wim Vandekeybus
Costume design & research: Annemie Boonen
Music & sound design: Misha Demoustier & Rint Mennes
Music research: Misha Demoustier & Sebastiaan Wets
Sound on tour: Rint Mennes / Schröder
Light & set design: Thomas Glorieux
Light advice: Varja Klosse
Light on tour: Thomas Glorieux / Benjamin Verbrugge
Interviews: Yelena Schmitz
Production: Ultima Vez
Co-production: STUK Leuven, BRONKS Theater for young audiences, HET LAB Hasselt, Krokusfestival Hasselt
Assistance: Emma Hons, Karlijn Vanoppen, Sarah Migairou Feldman, Dauwke Van Kerckhoven, Chisom Lois Onyebueke
PARTERRE: €22 / +65: €20 / -26: €18 / -18: €14
BALKON: €20 / +65: €18 / -26: €16 / -18: €14
duration: 70 min.
language: Without words