Ula Sickle (CA/PL) is a choreographer and performer, living and working in Brussels, Belgium. While coming from a background in contemporary dance, she works across disciplines, and has often collaborated with artists from other domains such as the fine arts, contemporary music or architecture. While her work takes many forms, from film to installation to live performance, it is frequently informed by 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 – such as in her collaborations with performers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Solid Gold, 2010 & Jolie, 2011), or more recently in her work with an self-taught dancer in her late 50’s (Extreme Tension, 2012). Frequently centered around a strong performer, in these recent solo works Ula Sickle searches for forms of choreographic writing, where the culture 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 was born in Toronto, Canada in 1978 and studied Art History at the University of Toronto and Performance Studies at the University of Paris 8 before at- tending P.A.R.T.S. Performing Arts Research and Training Studios in Brussels. She has been working as an independent choreographer since 2004. Since 2008 she has travelled regularly to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. From 2008-2010 Ula studied film and video at Le Fresnoy, a post-graduate media program in the North of France.
Ula’s performances have been presented in theaters and festivals across Europe including the Kaaitheater (Brussels), the ImpulsTanz festival and TanzQuartier (Vienna), Zodiak (Helsinki), Nowy Teatr (Warsaw), B:OM festival (Seoul) and les Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (Paris), among others. Ula is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Flemish Authorities.