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Lieven Baert is an authority on historical dance. He started his career in 1981 in Ghent (Belgium) and studied with prominent teachers such as Elizabeth Aldrich, Ingrid Brainard, Angene Feves, Andrea Francalanci, Francine Lancelot, Prof. Taubert and Barbara Sparti.

In 1985 he founded `Chierlycke Danseryen', a company specialised in 16th century court dances. In 1987 he specialised in French/Burgundian 15th century court dance and gained tremendous success with his program `The art of dancing in the 15th century'. They went on tour in prestigious Old Music festivals - Utrecht, Glasgow, Krakau, Darmstadt, Berlin...

The same year he collaborated with the Belgian ballet world in creating a new historical dance company `Danza Antiqua', directed by Jeanne Brabants.

In 1990 he is nominated "Lauréat de Vocation" for his work on historical dance.

His institute is founded in 1992 to create a field for research and performance practice of historical dance and to continue work with the existing dancing groups `Chierlycke Danseryen' and `The Art of Dancing'. New projects on `French baroque dance', `Historical dances in the Flanders' and `19th century social dancing' are started.

In 1993 he is invited to make the choreography and direct a Monteverdi project with `Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda' and `Ballo delle Ingrate' in the Chamber opera of Warsaw (Poland). He also makes the choreography for `Venus and Adonis' of John Blow.


He studied baroque dance with Jane Gingell, Francine Lancelot, Béatrice Massin and Marie Geneviève Massé. With the companies `Timedance' (London), `Folia' (Utrecht) and the `Amsterdam Baroque Theatre', he performs in baroque spectacles in Europe. He is asked as an advisor for baroque dance in modern dance productions of `Les Ballets Contemporaines de Belgique' and the 'Antwerp Chamber Opera'.

In 1995 he is appointed choreographer for the dance performances of the prestigious `Landshuter Hochzeitsfest 1475' in July 1997 and July 2001/2005/2009. This festival has been organised every 4 years since 1903 by the German town Landshut (near Munich). It is one of the most authentic historical events in Europe, reconstructing the wedding of a Polish princess and the son of the count of Landshut.

In 1998 he coached and danced for 'l'Espanoleta' a professional early dance company in Madrid for the performance 'Austria Felice'. This performance was specially created for a commemorative Festival at El Escorial the palace/cloister build by Philip II of Spain. A revised version of the performance of this company was presented at the Flemish Opera in may 2000.

In 2000 he organised the first international colloquium on Early Dance in collaboration with the University of Ghent and under the auspices of the Unesco. (Proceedings published and still available)

He was guest professor at the dance-University of Stockholm and teaches every year Historical dance at the Alicia Alonso Institute University Carlos III in Madrid. He choreographed for the Classical National Theatre in Madrid and worked for the Spanish Cultural Government.

Since 2000 he is stage director for the Brussels Operetta Theatre.

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Lieven Baert (choreography and/or stage director) : with recent work.

2004
Proclamación de Isabel la Católica in Segovia (SPAIN) and Mexico City (MEXICO)
Stage Director: Manuel Canseco

2005
Music Hall Ghent (Belgium)

  • Scrooge
    Author: Charles Dickens
    Stage Director: Marnik Baert

    2006
    Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico Madrid (Spain)

  • Don Gil de las Calzas Verdes
    Author: Tirso de Molina
    Stage Director: Eduardo Vasco
  • Tragicomedia de Don Duardos
    Author: Gil Vicente
    Stage Director: Ana Zamora

    2007
    Compañía Nao D'Amores Segovia (Spain)

  • Misterio del Christo de los Gascones
    Stage Director: Ana Zamora

    2003-2008
    The Brussels Operetta theatre (Belgium)

    Lieven Baert stage director and choreography
  • Wiener Blut: Johann Strauss II (2003)
  • Franz Lehár revisited (2004) (concept written L.Baert)
  • Les Bouffes Parisiens: Jacques Offenbach (2005) (concept written L.Baert)
  • Boccaccio: Franz von Suppé (2006)
  • Der Graf von Luxemburg: Franz Lehár (2007)
  • New production 2008: C. Millöcker : Der Bettelstudent

    2004-2008 La Cetra d'Orfeo
    Director : Michel Keustermans
    Renaissance and Baroque choreography : Lieven Baert
  • Chi passa per la strada: Namur (Belgium) 2004
  • Les Caractères de la Danse: Istanbul (Turkey) 2006
  • Les Voyages de L'Amour: Boismortier - Tirol (Austria) 2007

    New or revised productions for 2008-2009
  • La Folia: Mons (Belgium) 2008 (new)
  • Tanzspiel Landshuter Hochzeit 1475: Landshut (Germany) 2009 (revised)