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Ula Sickle

Ula Sickle (Canada, Polen) is a choreographer and performer based in Brussels, Belgium. From a background in contemporary dance, she works across disciplines, drawing from the visual arts or contemporary music. While her work takes many forms, she focuses on a choreographic approach to movement and a work on perception and reception, specific to the live arts. 

Her interest in looking for an alternative to the cannon of contemporary dance, has led her to seek out performers who embody other movement histories. Frequently centered around strong performers, she searches for forms of choreographic writing, where the cultural coding and political power of ‘popular’ dancing can be revealed or where the musicality and materiality of the body itself can take center stage. 

Ula studied Art History & Semiotics at the University of Toronto and Performance Studies at Paris VIII, before attending P.A.R.T.S. Performing Arts Research and Training Studios in Brussels. From 2008-2010 she pursued her interest in film, studying at Le Fresnoy, a post-graduate media program in the North of France. In 2017-18 she was artist in residence at the Ujazdowski Castle, Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw and Wiels Arts Center in Brussels. She is currently a PhD researcher at KU Leuven and Luca School of Arts in Brussels.

Ula has been presented in many international theaters and festivals such as Kaaitheater, KVS and Kunstenfestivaldesarts (BE), Wiener Festwochen, Donaufestival (AT), CTM Festival (DE), les Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, as well as visual arts venues such as Serralves Museum (Porto), Wiels (Brussels), Munchmuseet (Oslo), MACBA (Barcelona). 

Ula is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Flemish Community. 




Ritual in Transfigured Time

Carlotta Bailly-Borg, Gaëlle Choisne, Maya Deren, Darius Dolatyari-Dolatdoust, Onyeka Igwe, (LA)HORDE, Ula Sickle, Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca