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A ‘Living’ in a Timeline 
I search myself in my dreams, and my dreams on podium.

I make/remake plays in Belgium since 1999; furthermore, I am also active in dance and visual arts. My aim is that I have been searching and found a way of my own making pieces in multidisciplinary dialogs. As in the basic Drama of Empty Space, the “presence and absence” communicates with the audience in more interesting and complimentary ways. I am less interested in identity of characters or identity of narrativity! Instead of this, I try to create atmospheres where ‘issues’, ‘conflicts’ and ‘behaviors’ finds a new way to talk to new public which runs and runs in this global, local (actually GLOCAL) world. A text is for me only a departure point; to let arise to theatre, that text must be transformed firstly in my dreaming fantasy world; in that transformation the subtext of the author himself can be sacrificed to mine. If I choose an existing text, first I let all the information and the tale of the text besides me. Such as poetry and sculptures does. That’s why like in a fiction movie I create a timeline where all the pieces fall in and remove in space, re-construct too tell a new perspective or the old one in a contemporarily meaning. Prosperity allows us to live more quietly in comfort, but also has taken away from us the strength and need for dreaming. Dreams, to feel what our origin is. Our identity between primordial and post modern human. I do not believe that we should find new themes to be happy, healthy and alive but new ways to communicate the old ones. There is no re-design of life. So yes, we should question arty farty like Neil Lebut does in his theater play ‘Shape of the Things’ and doesn’t leave space for intellectual masturbation. But as Kafka tried, as Samuel Becket , as Pina Bausch tried. Trying to catch this fast forward life. Before it destroys our perception of humanity.

The instinct is the father, and the intuitive is the mother of my research in theatre.

Spotted by Provinciaal domein Dommelhof

Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof,Associate Partner

Belgium (BE)

Associate Partner

Member of IN SITU since 2009

Dommelhof is a provincial domain in the province of Limburg, Belgium. Founded as the first cultural centre of Flanders in 1968, Dommelhof evolved into a creation centre for contemporary circus and transdisciplinary arts. Dommelhof is organized in two platforms for artistic development, production, presentation and reflection. The first one is 'Dommelhof Circuswerkplaats'A "pôle de cirque" focusing on the research, creation and diffusion of contenporary circus. Dommelhof Circuswerkplaats also organises the festival Theater op de Markt. TODM is a festival for a broad audience. Every edition of the festival welcomes approximately 120.000 visitors in the city of Hasselt. TODM is also a creation and production festival. In other words a festival that works the whole year on new productions and hosts several companies in residency.
The second artistic platform in Dommelhof is C-TAKT which is focusing on transdisciplinary arts and emerging artists. C-TAKT is a co-operation between Dommelhof, C-Mine (Genk), SoAP (Maastricht) Platform 0090 (Antwerp), wpZimmer (Antwerp), Musica (Pelt) and IN SITU (European platform for artistic creation in public space). C-TAKT will set up artistic projects which explore the boundaries of disciplines, and which experiment with innovative forms of audience engagement.
Dommelhof offers a comfortable context for the artists in residence of both platforms (TODM & C-TAKT), including: 4 indoor rehearsal and creation spaces (theatre, dance studio, black boxes), outdoor spaces for circus tents, a technical atelier, hotel accommodation. Artists are supported in different ways (logistic, technical, artistic, financial, promotional, etc.). The residency programme results in sustainable and long term relationships with artists and creators. Some creators have become a kind of ‘in-house artists’.
Dommelhof /Theater op de Markt/C-TAKT is a member of several European co-operation projects, including IN SITU ACT, IN SITU Platform, (UN)COMMON SPACES, CircoSTRADA, CircusNEXT and FACE. This strong  international focus gives the opportunity to monitor innovations in the performing arts field. Moreover Dommelhof has always exchanged international productions with network partners, resulting into enriching presentations for our regional audiences, and to the introduction of Flemish artists in an international context.

Director : Gert Nulens
European projects : Hugo Bergs