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Els Silvrants-Barclay holds a Masters Degree in Chinese Studies from the KULeuven. During her studies, she was elected president of the Student Culture Council of the University of Leuven based in the STUK arts center in Leuven, with whom she organized a series of emerging artist projects (2003-2004). In 2004 she moved to Beijing to work as the program coordinator and contemporary performance curator for the Dashanzi International Arts Festival (DIAF) (2004-2005). As independent curator, she was involved in festivals, projects and organizations in China such as for example the satellite exhibit of the Beijing Biennale (curator, 2005) and the Platform China Contemporary Art Institute (artistic director, 2005-2006). In 2005, she founded Theatre in Motion, a dramaturgical workspace for the contemporary arts in China, renamed as the Institute for Provocation (IFP) in 2010.

From 2010-2013, she was the coordinator of the Advanced Masters in Theatre Studies at the University of Antwerp, where she also taught a course in Dance Theory and ran a research project on Theatrical Heritage in Flanders. Currently, she directs Contemporary Arts Heritage Flanders, a foundation that develops a content-based program on the contemporary collections of the 4 main contemporary art museums in Flanders: SMAK (Ghent), Mu.zee (Ostend), M KHA & Middelheim (Antwerp). This includes publications, symposia, talks and exhibitions, set-up to create a dynamic in the museums, stimulate discourse, and enhance the international visibility of these collections.

Silvrants-Barclay, Els & Jean Bernard Koeman, Everything Beautiful is Far Away, Timezone8, Beijing: 2007.


Silvrants-Barclay, Els (ed.), The Making of Meeting: Arthub Asia’s Collaborative Intelligence, JRP Ringier: Zurich, 2012.


Silvrants-Barclay, Els (ed.), Topstukken uit de Theatergeschiedenis. Proeflijst samengesteld in opdracht van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Universiteit Antwerpen: 2012.



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