Sammy Van den Heuvel (°1985 Antwerp, Belgium) is a freelance set and costume designer. After his studies in architecture at the HVDV Institute Antwerp and Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, and later scenography at the Royal Academy Antwerp, he moved to Hamburg where he for three years assisted set designer Annette Kurz with the productions of Luk Perceval at the Thalia Theater. Here he also created his own set designs for a.o. Ich bin wie ihr, ich liebe Äpfel (director Friederike Harmstorf), 3000 EURO (director Julia Jost) and #truth – ein sokratischer Abend (director Giacomo Veronesi). He did the set design for The world’s wife (director Jorinde Keesmaat) and the dance performances Vanishing point and The future is not what it used to be (a.o.) of Panama Pictures in ‘s Hertogenbosch (NL). For the world creation Toguecat at the Munich State Opera and Die Vorüberlaufenden at the Deutsche Oper (director Theresa von Halle) he created the set and costumes. At Opera Ballet Vlaanderen he assisted Marina Abramović with her scenography for Pelléas et Mélisande (directors Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet) and created the set for Als niemand me ziet (choreographer Jonas Vlerick) and Faust (director Julian Rosefeldt).
He received the scholarship “Akademie Musiktheater heute” of the Deutsche Bank Stiftung and the “Unsere Künsten” scholarship of the Clausen-Simon-Stiftung.
In his work he plays with balance, dynamics, hierarchy and the tension between body and space.