Mr. Samme Raeymaekers

December Dance, Artistic Director Bruges, Belgium


Samme was appointed the artistic coordinator – dance for CONCERTGEBOUW BRUGGE in 2006. CONCERTGEBOUW has two stages, one performance venue / concert hall with 1.300 seats and one chamber music hall with 320 seats and 3 rehearsal studio’s. As part of his role, he is also the Artistic Director of December Dance, an (inter)national dance programme for all the venues in Bruges (Cultural Centre and Concertgebouw) and from where he curates, coordinates and organises the annual dance and performance festival.

Prior to this he was the performing arts presenter-programmer (dance, theatre and music) for the CULTURAL CENTRE / ROYAL CITY THEATRE in Bruges with 3 performing arts venues: 2 black boxes with 250 and 400 seats and one theatre with 700 seats). During this time, he participated in the project ‘BRUGES 2002: European Cultural Capital of Europe’.

Besides his daily professional occupation he is also a member of the advice commission Dance of the Flemish Minister of Culture

Curatorial Staement

December Dance is considered the biggest dance festival in Flanders with a very clear concept: Every uneven year I invite an international acclaimed choreographer as curator of the festival. Together and in dialogue we built the programme. Every Uneven year then I focus on the contemporary dance scene from a certain region or country. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (’07), Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (’09), Akram Khan (’11), Wim Vandekeybus (’13) and Jan Fabre (’15) were curators in the past and I focuses already on Québec/ Montréal (’08), Central Europe (’10), the Nordic (’12) and Asia (’10).

In my season programme I present approx. 25 dance productions, international and national companies, emerging and established artists…