De Singel 1980-2020
MER. B & L, 2022
November 4, 2020, deSingel is allowed to blow out forty birthday candles. What started as an overconfident conservatory building designed by Léon Stynen, became in less than half a century a reference place for leading music, dance and theater performances. A house where the greatest makers on earth came to visit. Where Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker showed her first major dance productions, where Ivo van Hove learned to play the main hall and where the best music ensembles from home and abroad performed on stage.
In honor of the anniversary, cultural journalist and musicologist Jasper Croonen delved into the archives of the art site, spoke with the protagonists from the past forty years, and wrote down the history of deSingel. The story of a handful of cultural pioneers who thoroughly disrupted the arts field in Flanders, of an art institution of the Flemish Government with world fame. IN DUTCH!