About us

Maghenta is an international organisation for artists, art practitioners, programmers, scholars and art lovers with affinity for Indian arts and with the interest for innovation. We strongly believe in the power of art as a remedy, with the ability to positively arouse curiosity towards another culture and stimulate collaboration, free of prejudice.

 

 

OUR MISSION

Maghenta counteracts to the lack of visibility of  

  • Indian-inspired performances within the cultural and artistic scene in Belgium in particular, but also on an international level.
  • contemporary artistic work in India.

Maghenta builds an unique 'bridge of exchange' between

  • contemporary and traditional arts
  • art, academics and the corporate world
  • multiple artists from mainly Belgium and India

 

Laura Neyskens

Laura Neyskens

Founder & Creative Director
Laura Neyskens put her first foot on stage at the early age of 11, touring excessively all over Europe. She discovered traveling and performing to be her greatest passion, and soon joined the contemporary dance company of Alain Platel (1998). There she met the young dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, which marked the beginning of a long collaboration. Next to dancing in several of his dance productions (2000-2019), she also features in his company as rehearsal director and choreographer. Since 2017 she frequently works with the Belgian director Chokri Ben Chikha, as assistant and choreographer of his company. Meanwhile, for over 18 years Laura has been developing an interest in Indian dance, which resulted in co-founding the dance collective Bollylicious (2014). Putting together her contemporary dance and Indian dance background, she takes this project a step further by creating Maghenta.
Ayla Joncheere

Dr. Ayla Joncheere

Founder & Creative Director
Ayla Joncheere took her first Indian dance class at the age of 12. Due to her interest in Indian dance, she decided to study "Indian Languages ​​and Cultures" at university. She obtained a PhD in the same subject in 2016. Her research project (2012 - 2016) was entitled: Kālbeliyās - Dancers, Gypsies or Snake Charmers: Staging of Authenticity and Dynamics of Identity. During her PhD, she specialised in dance anthropology and heritage studies. She is fluent in Hindi and is currently still working as a post-doctoral researcher at Ghent University. In the meantime, she has emerged as an international expert of the dance and music traditions from Rajasthan. She leads various research groups, conferences and projects in and around Rajasthan, such as Kalbeliya World. In addition to her academic career, she has always remained active as a dancer and choreographer in Bollylicious, continuing to develop her organisational and business skills. This cocktail of research, arts and management led to the founding of Maghenta, which she passionately leads together with her colleague, Laura.

Open Ensemble & other staff members

Maghenta strengthens her team with a versatile group of associated artists, Our in-house team provides expertise in Indian traditional dance forms, contemporary dance and dance education.

Tom Decuyper

Tom Decuyper

Dancer, Choreographer & Teacher
Naam boardmember

Julie Thomas

Dancer & Choreographer
Sooraj Subramaniam

Sooraj Subramaniam

Dancer, Choreographer & Coach
Lara Scaiola

Lara Scaiola

Intern - Master in South Asian Studies

Our board

Board: Margot Neyskens (chair), Alain Platel, Chokri Ben Chikha, Paolo Favero, Irina Majumdar
General Assembly: Iris Raspoet, Lisbeth Maes

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Margot Neyskens

Head of cabinet of the Mayor of Ostend; chair of De Grote Post cultural centre Ostend
Naam boardmember

Alain Platel

Artistic director and Choreographer of Les Ballets C de la B
Naam boardmember

Chokri Ben Chikha

Director of Action Zoo Humain
Naam boardmember

Paolo Favero

Professor in (Indian) Media Studies, Antwerp University

Francis Laleman

Teacher of Sanskrit and Cooperative Learning Facilitation; Corporate intruder; Social Activist.
Irina Majumdar

Irina Majumdar

Legal Council; Corporate and legal affairs executive Belux

Meet our partners

Maghenta appreciates the continuous support of its partners, with whom we frequently collaborate.

University of Ghent
India House Leuven
University of Ghent
The city of Ghent
Belgo-Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Belgische Ambassade India
Indische Ambassade Nederland
Indische Ambassade Nederland

Our friends

Maghenta believes in compatibility, the process of sharing and inspiring one another. This mindset leads to many friendships and collaborations, which we continiously like to expand, increase and enhance.

Citizens of Stage
Mehrangarh Museum Trust
Teamwork
Jaipur Virasat Foundation
Anahad Foundation
Teamwork
Jaipur Virasat Foundation
Anahad Foundation
Minard
Les Ballets C de la B
Action Zoo Humain
De Centrale
Handelsbeurs
Danspunt