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Spa for Spirits is an artistic and experimental wellness center operated by otherworldly creatures.


We build landscapes where visitors can land and charge their bodies to rituals that arise in the interaction between performer and visitor. These landscapes and rituals make space for the development of new sensory experiences. 

Spa for Spirits is a research based platform run by performance artists Leonie Buysse and (Ellen) Lili Vanderstraeten since 2020. They collaborate with many different entities such as experts in body practices & architecture, graphic & fashion designers, drag queen collectives, food lovers, cultural and social community houses. Together they continuously experiment and investigate what it means to care for our environment, ourselves and each other.

12 - 15 May '21, performance at De Vooruit/VIERNULVIER, Ghent (BE)

10 Jul '21, ritual during Celestial Bodies Festival at CEA, Moita (PT)

4 - 6 Aug '21, performance at De Vooruit/VIERNULVIER, Ghent (BE) 

18 Aug '21, ritual, Okan Zomerschool, Ghent (BE)

23 - 29 Aug '21, residency at wooden cabine GAG, Brussels (BE)

18 - 31 Oct '21, residency at BUDA, Kortrijk (BE)

25 Dec - 2 Jan '22, residency at School van Gaasbeek, Brussels (BE)

26 - 29 Jan '22, performance at Ghent International Festival with NightShift/Gouvernement at empty retail store in shopping center 'Zuid', Ghent (BE)

11 - 15 Mar '22, conference AGxKANSAI 2022, Kyoto University of the Arts, Kyoto (JP)

28 Mar - 9 April '22, residency De Grote Post, Ostend (BE)

May - Oct '22, residency BROEI, Ghent (BE)

8 - 11 Sep '22, expo & performance Brussels Gallery Weekend, Brussels (BE)

1 - 2 Oct '22, performance during Murf/Murw festival, Theater de Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg (NL)

12 Sep - 15 oct '22, residency at beach cabine Pleasure Island, Ostend (BE)

9 Dec '22, performance at CAMPO Nieuwpoort for 'A Shot at Love' Ghent (BE)

Jan '23, residency at De Koer, Ghent (BE)

Feb - Mar '23, residency with support of Workspacebrussels & Kaosvzw at Psycho-social center Sint-Alexius, Brussels (BE)

2 Mar '23, talk in Dokter Guislain Museum, Ghent (BE)

29 - 30 Apr '23, open ateliers at De Koer, Ghent (BE)

20 May '23, food ritual during expo and workshop by Melanie Bonajo 'When the body says yes' at FOMU, Antwerp (BE)

29 Jun - 16 Jul '23, residency at Radical House, Brussels (BE)

22 Sep - 17 Nov '23, expo at KOMMET/CWB, Lyon (FR)

Concept: Leonie Buysse and (Ellen) Lili Vanderstraeten // Continuous collaborations with experts: Henny Baeken (body-oriented therapy), Renske Maria Van Dam (architecture) and Francesco Apostoli (architecture). Continuous collaborations with artists: Nora Vanderstraeten (graphic design), members of dragqueen collective HOUSE OF LUX Theo Bonne and Daan Dekeyser (performers, make-up and look),  Oscar Pichard and Wim Pelgrims (Sound), Anton Cla (Animation artist), Aidan Abnet (costumes), Noam Youngrak Son (designer).

Supported by Stad Gent, AllesKan and Flanders State of the Arts​​​

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