Skip to main content

Ula Sickle

Guest at Moviment


Ula Sickle is a choreographer and performer based in Brussels, Belgium. With a background in contemporary dance, she has worked in several fields, drawing on visual arts or contemporary music. Often accompanied by interpreters, she explores forms of choreographic writing, where the cultural coding and political power of our movements and gestures can be brought to centre stage.


Ula Sickle studied art history at Toronto University and performance arts at Paris University VIII, before joining the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios in Brussels. She followed a graduate programme in media at Le Fresnoy in northern France. She was a resident artist at Ujazdowski Castle, the Warsaw Contemporary Art Centre and the Wiels Arts Centre in Brussels.

She is presently a PhD researcher at the KU Leuven and Luca Art School in Brussels.

Ula Sickle has been presented in numerous international festivals such as Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Belgium), Actoral (France), Wiener Festwochen and Donaufestival (Austria), CTM Festival (Germany), as well as in visual arts venues such as the Serralves Museum (Porto), Wiels (Brussels), Munchmuseet (Oslo), MACBA (Barcelona).


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

In the program

Ictus + Ula Sickle
Holding Present

 Dance, Music  Performance


A body joins another in motion. Another follows, and yet another. They build on each other. When do we perceive them as a multitude? 

Inspired visually, lyrically and sound-wise by protest, Holding Present, a new collaboration between choreographer Ula Sickle and Ictus, the Brussels contemporary music ensemble, examines how an individual act can become a powerful collective movement. Weaving a network of existing and newly-commissioned compositions, a group of eight performers (four musicians and four dancers) slowly builds up a movement, a momentum, as they work toward the breaking point where individuals become a critical mass. 


The performance also includes works by composers Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, Didem Coskunseven and Stellan Veloce, with the musical instruments of the artist Gert Aertsen. 


Performances – Friday, 16 to Sunday, 18 June 2023 – on reservation


Book online

Concept, choregraphy: Ula Sickle

Musical concept, direction: Tom Pauwels (Ictus)

Composers: Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, Stellan Veloce, Didem Coskunseven (commande Ictus et Ircam-Centre Pompidou)

Electronics: Ircam, Augustin Muller (pour la pièce de Didem Coskunseven)

Original instruments: Gert Aertsen

Creation and performance: Amanda Barrio Charmelo, Marina Delicado, Marie Goudot, Ruben Martinez Orio, Michael Schmid, Mohamed Toukabri, Tom Pauwels, Ula Sickle

Lighting and sound: Ofer Smilansky

Scenography: Richard Venlet

Costumes: Wang Consulting

Production : Ictus & Outline

Co-commissioning of the play by Didem Coskunseven : Ircam-Centre Pompidou et Ictus

Coproduction : Ircam / Centre Pompidou, Concertgebouw Brugge, KWP (in Pianofabriek), Perpodium


With the support of Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government

Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for its support

To be found in Moviment, chapter 7:

Of gesture and time

 Wed 14 – Sun 18 June 2023