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

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The spirits of the spa build landscapes where curious visitors can land and charge their bodies to rituals that arise in interaction . These landscapes and rituals make space for the development of unique 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 VIERNULVIER invited by Nachtzwemmen, Ghent (BE)

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

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

18 Aug '21, action, OKAN Zomerschool, Ghent (BE)

23 - 29 Aug '21, residency at wooden cabine GAG with GCNekkersdal, 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 GIF with NightShift / Gouvernement at shopping center 'Zuid', Ghent (BE)

11 - 15 Mar '22, videowork & talk at 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, Duivelsteen 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 and performance 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)

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

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

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

September - November '23, expo in gallery KOMMET supported by CWB, Lyon (FR), CANCELLED due to Fedex that damaged artwork during the transportation of the works

2 May '24, performance during Pride & Paintings on invite of dragqueen collective House Of Lux at MSK,

Ghent (BE)

Concept: Leonie Buysse & (Ellen) Lili Vanderstraeten


Continuous collaborations with experts: Henny Baeken (body-oriented therapy), Renske Maria Van Dam (architecture) and Francesco Apostoli (architecture).

Collaborations with other artists: Nora Vanderstraeten (graphic design and photography), Alice Dooreman (photography), members of dragqueen collective HOUSE OF LUX Theo Bonne and Daan Dekeyser (performers, make-up and look), Oscar Pichard (Sound), Wim Pelgrims (Sound), Anton Cla (Animation artist), Aidan Abnet (fashion designer), Noam Youngrak Son (grafic designer).

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

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