Timur Magomedgadzhiev (Dagestan) & Aline Leynen @ KUNSTZ

Timur Magomedgadzhiev

‘I am Timur. I was born in the Caucasus, in Dagestan. My interest in dance was already awakened as a child. I danced with a folklore ensemble and acted in theatrical productions at secondary school. I dreamed of a future in acting, but my father would rather see me as a good soldier in the army. In 2000 I told my family I wanted to go to Moscow to enrol in the School of Drama. I passed the entrance examinations for GITIS-RATI, the prestigious School of Dramatic Art in Moscow, where I obtained my diploma. In those years, I was confronted with the discrimination of the Caucasian population in Russia. It was an unhappy time for me. I decided to leave Russia, to change my life and embark on an adventure, not knowing where it would take me. I spent five years trying to find my way in Europe – as a plaything in the hands of bureaucracy. Waiting for the necessary travel and identification documents and the inner struggle with myself ultimately made me a stronger person.


I became involved in les ballets C de la B, with Alain Platel, Frank Van Laecke and the people of Gardenia, which brought me back to life and gave me moments I shall never forget. I am convinced that by expressing our emotions through singing, music, movement and the simple glance that you project from the stage, we can be free from the constrained feeling that prevents us from leading a psychically stable, free and peaceful life.’

Aline Leynen

Aline Leynen is a project collaborator at kunstZ. She studied psychology in Ghent and medical anthropology in Amsterdam. Before starting at kunstZ, she was summer coordinator at Bar Oost,

a summer social bar in Borgerhout. In 2015, she trained as a goldsmith in Brussels, and since then she has been making jewellery.

kunstZ is an artistic hotspot that uses the diversity of our society as an engine for the renewal and broadening of the performing arts. kunstZ searches together with new talent for other contents, stories and forms that reflect today's urban society. With a part-time theatre programme - kunstZacademie - and the support of new makers in the theatre workshop, finding and developing talent is at the heart of their work.

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