I Want to Be a Father Like My Father

*PREMIERE* 8.11.2023, STUK, Leuven

2023/ performance

A cocreation with the Belgian Theatre Production House fABULEUS

Growing up amidst changing gender dynamics can be confusing while facing evolving expectations of masculinity. Society bombards boys, men, and young women with conflicting messages on what it means to be masculine, leaving them to navigate this maze alone. Choreographer Reut Shemesh, who herself is a mother to a son, draws inspiration from an encounter with German ‘Ultra’ football fans to explore these complexities in ULTRA. The performance features adolescents aged 15 to 21 engaging in a ritual that blends joy and aggression, revealing the vulnerability beneath their loud expressions.
ULTRA offers a poignant exploration of masculinity, addressing the challenges faced by adolescents growing up in a world of shifting norms.


Concept & choreography: Reut Shemesh 
Creation & performance: Andreas Crommelinck, Jinte De Greef, Luna Fall, Emma Ghijs, Kyano Holbrechts, Karsten Janssens, Glory Ofori-Asamoah, Mathis Schellekens, Ridder Seghers & Fien Simons 
Assistant choreographer: Katja Pire 
Dramaturgy: Daniel Rademacher 
Stage, video & lighting design: Ronni Shendar 
Music: Simon Bauer 
Costumes: Joëlle Meerbergen 
Assistant costume designer: Femke Vanweddingen 
Cocreation: fABULEUS & Reut Shemesh Company 
Coproduction: tanzhaus nrw 

Funded by the “Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser”, Perpodium & STUK 

With the support of the City of Leuven, the Flemish Administration, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia within the framework of the Spitzenförderung Tanz and the Kunststiftung NRW. 

Upcoming & Past Performances:


Reportage 100% Cultuur / Belgian TV

“De eeuwige tweestrijd van de moderne man is vastgelegd in dat alleszeggend beeld. Vanbinnen is iedereen verdeeld, maar net dat verbindt ons ULTRA hard.”

‘The eternal dichotomy of the modern man is captured in this all-important image. Inside, everyone is divided, but precisely that connects us ULTRA hard.’
– Jasmien van de Beek, VETO Magazine