Since 1994 Alex started an close collaboration with the contemporary music ensemble “Ictus” in Brussels, becoming a member of the ensemble in 1999. During these years up until today Alex has been involved in nearly all amplified concerts, CD publications and creations of Ictus with among others Georges Aperghis, Thierry De Mey, Philippe Manoury, Magnus Lindberg, Jonathan Harvey, Javier Alvarez, Steve Reich and Fausto Romitelli.
The Ictus Timeline (still under construction)

Alex Fostier

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Opéra de Lille - Lille - FranceHelmut Oehring, after C. Monteverdi and J. Conrad, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the reopening of the Opera de Lille

Liquid Room #4 - An history of synchronicity

Kaaitheater - Brussels - Belgium

A Liquid Room on 4 stages with guest performers of medieval music, and two premieres by Yeznikian and Guiraud

This is not a pop song II

Kaaitheater - Brussels - Belgium

Fafchamps, Reiter, Aperghis, Bauer/Peck, Schubert, De La Fuente

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Ruhrtriennale, Bochum (D)

Choreography: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, music: Gérard Grisey

Liquid Room #4 - An history of synchronicity

Kaaitheater, Brussels (B)


Kaaitheater (in a co-presentation with Bozar and Ictus), Brussels (B)

Debussy’s “Après-midi d’un faune” (chamber-music version + film Thierry De Mey on choreography of Anne Teresa De Keersmaker), Schönberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire” (with soprano Marianne Pousseur) and “Valse3”, a new composition for small ensemble and electronics of by Frédéric Verrières (inspired by Ravel’s “La Valse”); conductors: Georges-Elie Octors (Debussy, Verrières) and François Deppe (Schönberg)

Liquid room - Saint John



A seamless evening on different stages, with works by John Cage and related music soloists of Ictus and soprano Judith Vindevogel

Musica 2012


festival Musica

Raphael Cendo, Wolfgang Mitterer, Francesco Filidei Wolfgang Mitterer: Little Smile (2011) Francesco Filidei: Ballata n.2 (2012) Raphaël Cendo: new work: concerto for trumpet, flute, guitar and ensemble (2012) Soloists: Philippe Ranalo, Michaël Schmid, Tom Pauwels Conductor: Georges-Elie Octors

Liquid room


Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Liquid Room (final concert of Darmstadt 2012)

A seamless evening on four stages, with works by many different composers related to the past and present of the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik of Darmstadt

This is not a pop song creation



(copresented by Kaaitheater, with Bozar, Ars Musica and Ictus), premiere of performance project by ICTUS.
The line-up includes voice, clarinet/sax, electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and drums. A carefully selected set of composers, musicians and performers - short and longterm associates of the ensemble - have been asked to produce a short statement; a piece of music with the duration of a pop song: a.o. Alexander Schubert, Clinton Mc Callum, Oscar Bianchi, Morten Olsen, Fabian Fiorini,...

Home work

Bregenzer Festspiele / Kunst aus der Zeit, Bregenz (A)New stage work for video and ensemble by composer François Sarhanproduction and commission: Bregenzer Festspiele / Kunst aus der Zeit 

Home work

Bregenzer Festspiele / Kunst aus der Zeit, Bregenz (A)New stage work for video and ensemble by composer François Sarhanproduction and commission: Bregenzer Festspiele / Kunst aus der Zeit 

Partch / Marien creation

Kaaitheater, Brussels (B)Works by Harry Partch revisited by Tim Mariën


Opéra de Lille (F)Riccardo Nova 'Primes' for ensemble, indian musicans and electronicsComputer music assistance : Patrock Delges for CRFMW

Bedrossian & Cendo

Donaueschingen (D)Franck Bedrossian : SWING (world premiere) Rafael Cendo : INTRODUCTION AUX TENEBRES (world premiere).Romain Bisschoff, barytone Nicolas Crosse, double BassMusikinformatik Ircam : Grégory Beller

Matra / Keller Nova

Flagey, Studio 4 (Ars Musica), Brussels (B)'MATRA' Oscar BianchiA cantate by the young composer and 'Ictus-fellow' Oscar Bianchi for vocal ensemble, instrumental ensemble, trio concertante and electronics; conductor Georges-Elie Octors; 3 soloists : Mike Schmid, Susanne Fröhlich and Rico Gubler; with participation of Neue Vocalsolisten (6)

Le grand gamelan

Kaaitheater, Brussel (B)“LE GRAND GAMELAN” (Ictus & Octurn)Creation of the concert piece by composer Bo Van de Werf for 9 musicians by jazz-collective Octurn and 5 percussionists by Ictus, joined in a imaginary gamelan group

Matra / Keller Nova

Festival Eclat, Stuttgart (D)'MATRA' Oscar Bianchi + CREATIE Stephane KellerA cantate by the young composer and 'Ictus-fellow' Oscar Bianchi for vocal ensemble, instrumental ensemble, trio concertante and electronics; conductor Georges-Elie Octors; 3 soloists : Mike Schmid, Susanne Fröhlich and Rico Gubler; with participation of Neue Vocalsolisten (6). Stefane Keller : Driven (premiere). Riccardo Nova : Ma's Sequence

Happy End

Opéra de Lille (F) - CreationAnimation film by visual artist Hans Op de Beeck (with Klaas Verpoest and Bruno Hardt) + composition by composer Georges Aperghis around the tale “Petit Poucet” by Charles Perrault; a production of Opéra de Lille; conductor Georges-Elie Octors

Matra - Oscar Bianchi Creation

Festival Musica, Strasbourg (F)Premiere of “Matra”, a cantate written by composer Oscar Bianchi for the ensemble Ictus and Neue Vocalsolisten (Stuttgart); a coproduction by the festivals Musica (Strasbourg) and Eclat (Stuttgart)

Ircam creation

Ircam, Paris (F)Yan Maresz : “Sul Segno”, Bruno Mantovani: “Le Grand Jeu” and “Éclair de lune” (new work for three solo snare drums and three instrumental groups), Raphaël Cendo: “Scratch Data”; Miquel Bernat, Gerrit Nulens and Michael Weilacher (solo percussion)

Musiques croisées - A marathon

Opéra de Lille, Lille (F)Creation of a new marathon-programme: One evening, three concerts : Johannes Schöllhorn, Francis Ponge, Manuela Morgaine : L'Art de la Figue; Tom Johnson, Pierre Droulers : Maximum Efficiency; Riccardo Nova : Ma's Sequence, Thirteen. conductor: Georges-Elie Octors

L'Nfer Creation

L'Arsenal, Metz (F)A radiophonic evening with François Sarhan. Works by Sarhan, Oehring, Wyatt, Zappa (premiere)

Mots soufies KDTZGhSA creation

Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (B)In 05-06 Jean-Luc Fafchamps is composer-in-residence at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels; Bozar Music and Ars Musica are commissioning him to compose his project around sufi lettres for ensemble and orchestra; with Orchestre National de Lille; conductor: Peter Rundel

Avis de tempetes Creation

Opéra de Lille (F)Performance of the opera by Georges Aperghis (composition and stage direction) for an ensemble of 10 soloist musicians and 4 singers-actors (soprano Donatienne Michel-Danzac, barytones Lionel Peintre and Romain Bisschoff, dancer-actrice Johanne Saunier), video (Kurt D’Haeseleer) and electronics (Sébastien Roux); Peter Missotten (scenography); Georges-Elie Octors (conductor)

Hoketus & Creation Phase pattern

Transit2003, Leuven (B)Louis Andriessen: “Hoketus” for ensemble, and the creation of a newly written piece for piano solo; Steve Reich: “Phase Patterns”; Georges-Elie Octors (conductor)

La frontière - creation

Carré Saint-Vincent, Scène National d’Orléans (F)Creation of Philippe Manoury’s chamber opera “La Frontière” (libretto: Daniela Langer; composition: Philippe Manoury; stage direction: Yoshi Oïda; musical direction: Alain Planès)

Phichedelics @ Ircam

Centre Pompidou, festival Agora / Ircam, Paris (F)Creation of Ircam-commission to Alvarez Javier for steeldrums solo and ensemble and electronics and a new work by Riccardo Nova, as well as compositions by Samuel Sighicelli and François Narboni; Georges-Elie Octors, conductor

Counter Phrases Creation

The Palais des Beaux Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten within the context of the festival Ars Musica Creation of “Counter Phrases” , a film-concert with new compositions based on filmed choreographies of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker; filmed by Thierry De Mey; compositions by Jonathan Harvey, Magnus Lindberg, Steve Reich, Thierry De Mey, Luca Francesconi, Toshio Hosokawa, Georges Aperghis, Fausto Romitelli, Robin de Raaff and Stefan Van Eycken; conductor: Georges-Elie Octors; a coproduction of Rosas, Ictus and ECHO (European Concert Halls Organisation), presented by the Paleis voor Schone Kunsten / Palais des Beaux Arts and Kaaitheater.

Paysage sous surveillance - creation

Kaaitheater Brussels (B)Creation of “Paysage sous surveillance”, a new music theatre production of Georges Aperghis for 2 clarinets, 2 pianos, 2 celli and 2 performers, based on a text of Heiner Müller (“Bildbeschreibung”); scenography and lights: Peter Missotten; video: Kurt d’Haeseleer (Filmfabriek)

April Me - Creation

Munt/Monnaie, Brussels (B)Creation of a new dance production with Rosas: choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker) with music by Thierry De Mey, Iannis Xenakis, Morton Feldman and Gerard Grisey (performed live by Ictus) and “Noces” by Igor Stravinsky (tape)

Rain Live - (premiere)

Muziektheater Amsterdam (NL)Dance-production with Rosas: cchoreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker; music: “Music for 18 Musicians” by Steve Reich); Rosas, Ictus and Synergy Vocals

Orient imaginaire

Kaaitheater, Brussels (B)Riccardo Nova (“Drones”, new work), Fabrizio Cassol (“From Innocence to Influence”, new work), Terry Riley (In C); with Bl!ndman Quartet; Georges-Elie Octors (conductor)Production: Kaaitheater, Philharmonic Society of Brussels, Flanders Festival

Bad trip in Strasbourg

Musica Festival, Strasbourg (F)Conductor: Georges-Elie OctorsCreation of complete cycle of Fausto Romitelli’s “Professor Bad Trip” + Rebecca Saunders’ “Witten Quartet”

Drumming Live

Hannover 2000 / Tanztheater International, Expo Theatre, Hannover (D)Creation of a dance-production with Rosas: choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker; music performed live by Ictus and Synergy Vocals: Steve Reich

Electric chamber music creation

Vooruit, Gent (B)David Shea: “Chamber Symphony” (creation)Martin Matalon: “Le Chien Andalou”

Just before - Creation

De Munt / La Monnaie, Brussels (B)With Rosas: creation of the dance-production "Just Before"

Ictus piano & percussion quartet

Botanique (production: Ars Musica and Botanique), Brussels (B) Iannis Xenakis, Dmaathen; Franco Donatoni, Cloches III; Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Melencolia si... (creation); Franco Donatoni, Omar

Ictus piano & percussion quartet

Botanique, Brusselsl (B) • Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Melencolia si... I • George Crumb, Makrokosmos III, Music for a summer Evening • Claude Debussy, Nocturnes • Hao Fu Zhang, Yin Yang

Amor constante - creation

Cirque Royal, Bruxelles (B) Première AMOR CONSTANTE with Rosas Choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, music Thierry De Mey