Ugo Dehaes

Session 1: programmation

Session 2: customisation


Robotics and coding

Based on an original idea by the artist Ugo Dehaes, with the collaboration of the artist Doulsy and the Fablabs Defko ak Niep


In this workshop the Belgian choreographer Ugo Dehaes will guide the participants to make their own little robot, based on the model of the robots he built for his show Forced Labor.


With the help of the FabLab Defko Ak Niep team, the teenagers will learn how to weld and prepare an Arduino microprocessor to understand the basics of Arduino programming and the operation of servo motors by measuring distances using a sensor.


The artist Doulsy will collaborate with Ugo Dehaes for the robot customisation session, where participants will learn how to assemble and dress the robot with recycled materials using elements previously printed in 3D in the FabLab.


Workshop for teenagers - upon registration 

Session 1: assembly (2h) - session 2: customisation (1h30)

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In 2018 he starts the search for dance without human bodies, and now works as a choreographer of things: He builds robotic sculptures for Tweetakt Festival (NL), Zomertank (Leuven, BE) and Le Pavillon (Namur, BE). For the stage he creates the performance/reading Forced Labora with small organic robots and the performance/installation Forced Labor: Arena where the audience helps to train an Artificial Intelligence.

In 2021 he starts a collaboration with the University of Brussels (creativity through computer science) and Axiles Bionics (robotic prosthesis).


Since 2015 Ugo is a member of the Young Academy of Flanders, a meeting of young scientists and artists.


In the meantime Ugo has guided numerous workshops and workshops and has worked for other artists such as Stijn Grupping (Post Uit Hesdalen), Ehsan Hemat, Samah Hijawi, Stéphane Arcas, Sachiyo Takahashi, Emil Hrvatin, Arco Renz, Gisèle Vienne & Etienne Bideau-Rey, Katalin Patkaï, Nada Gambier, Antonin De Bemels, Heine R. Avdal,...


Ugo Dehaes (1977, Belgium) started dancing at the age of 18. He did his professional training at P.A.R.T.S, the school of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas. In 1998 he joined Meg Stuart's company Damaged Goods, with whom he toured the world for 3 years, and in 2000 he founded his own company, kwaad bloed, and constantly creates new choreographies for various dancers (professional, amateur, adults of all ages and children). 


In a first phase he is fascinated by the visual and mechanical side of the human body. 


The second phase of his work consists of very physical pieces where he combines the virtuosity of the dancers with their personality. The third phase revolves around the link between art and science. In these pieces Ugo translates scientific concepts into movement.




DOULSY (Abdoul Sy) is a Senegalese artist and fashion designer. Born in Dakar in 1976, he developed a passion for working with materials and crafts at a very young age. At the age of 7, he designed and created his first models and accessories.


Free and rebellious, Doulsy left school at the age of 12 to learn how to make clothes. He starts working in different workshops and very quickly draws attention to his precision work with materials that are complex to handle. He gives shape to all textures, mixes different styles and creates classical, ethnic, urban, futuristic, sometimes even very eccentric and offbeat models.


In 2010, he is presenting his collection made entirely from recycled materials in the "SIRA VISION" young designer competition on the subject of the global crisis. As a self-taught candidate, he succeeded in convincing the jury to award him the prize. Doulsy then created JAHGAL, a brand in his own image inspired by the expression "baye Jahgal", which means "the handyman", the one who restores usefulness to the worn out, the obsolete.


It is the beginning of a series of creations and artistic collaborations; he makes stage costumes, sets, clothes and accessories of all kinds. He then collaborates with the photographer Fabrice Monteiro and the NGO Ecofund and represents the ecological plagues of Senegal through costumes and installations of women-spirits carrying a prophetic message of the surrounding ecological chaos. Doulsy now wants each of her creations to be an invitation to reflection and a motor for change.