Departures and Arrivals



Pieter Ampe

Pieter Ampe (°1982, Burundi) grew up in Ghent where from 1990 to 2001 he took part in several theatre workshops at the Speeltheater, now known as the Kopergietery. In 2002-2003 he studied at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and the following year he took a theatrical dance course at the Arnhem Dance Academy. From 2004 to 2008 he completed both P.A.R.T.S. cycles in Brussels. During this training he created the solo performance On Stage (2006) and Still Difficult Duet (2007) together with Guilherme Garrido. With Simon Mayer he presented the duet O feather of lead (2008).

In 2006, along with 64 dancers and choreographers, Pieter took part in danceWEB, a scholarship program that takes place each year in Vienna as part of the ImpulsTanz-festival. Out of this emerged the artists’ network Sweet&Tender Collaborations, towards which Pieter still contributes. For the twentieth birthday of Vooruit Arts Centre in Ghent, Pieter created Kiezen is Verliezen (2003-2004). He also appeared as a dancer in Cirque Danton by the stage director Jan Decorte. He collaborated with the performance duo United Sorry (Frans Poelstra & Robert Steijn), with the artist Roland Seidel and with choreographer Anne Juren. He was also one of the dancers in The Song by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker & Rosas.


Since 2009 Pieter Ampe is artist in residence at CAMPO. Apart from creating new work, he also takes the time for research and collaboration with other artists. In CAMPO he created, together with Guilherme Garrido, the duet Still Standing You (2010), the successor of their piece Still Difficult Duet. Still Standing You was selected for Circuit X of the Belgian Theaterfestival 2012. In November 2011, Pieter Ampe had the première of Jake and Pete’s Big Reconciliation Attempt For The Disputes From The Past, which he created together with his brother Jakob Ampe and mentor Alain Platel. This piece, as well as Still Standing You, is still touring all around the world. In May 2012, Pieter Ampe presented a coming community during the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, another CAMPO-production that he made with Gui Garrido, Hermann Heisig and Nuno Lucas.

Besides his own artistic work Pieter also contributes to the works of others as a dance & movement adviser. Earlier collaborations involved the theatre collective het KIP and Toneelhuis actors Benjamin Verdonck and Abke Haring. In 2013, Pieter Ampe was involved with Robert Steijn & United Sorry for The Forest Project, and researching on a solo, So you can feel (premiere autumn 2014). After that Pieter will continue to create another duet together with Flemish performer Benjamin Verdonck, We don’t speak to be understood (premiere in 2015).