LUK PERCEVAL

The man behind
the screen

Born on May the 30th, 1957 (Lommel, Belgium.)
Graduated as an actor in 1979 at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerp.
Worked as an actor at the KNS (Koninklijke Nederlandse Schouwburg) in Antwerp from 1980 untill 1985
He taught actors’ training from 1981 until 1989 at the Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium Antwerp.
In 1984 he founded Blauwe Maandag Compagnie (Blue Monday Company) together with Guy Joosten.
In 1998 Luk Perceval founded HET TONEELHUIS. HET TONEELHUIS is a fusion between Blauwe Maandag Compagnie (based in Ghent) and KNS (Antwerp) based at the Bourla theatre in Antwerp.

Theater is writing in the sand.

– Luk Perceval

INSPIRATION

These are the words which I first heard spoken by an old drama teacher when I was 15, and which would become increasingly significant and fascinating to me during my career. They opened my eyes for the spiritual direction that theatre gives.

From a purely factual perspective, theatre is indeed no more than “writing in the sand”. The little money you can earn in theatre is quickly spent. The fame that many initially aspire to soon disappears and is easily forgotten. As for the plays and the themes they deal with, these are not capable of changing the world or humanity either. In fact, you could argue that theatre is an en entirely meaningless activity. But precisely in this realisation lies the question about the meaning of 2500 years of meaningless theatre…

As I grew older as an actor and subsequently as a theatre-maker, all my illusions and pathetic dreams about theatre dissipated. I came to realise not only that theatre was meaningless, but also that my own existence, my so-called identity, had been founded on a construct of meaning that ultimately leads to a huge unanswerable question mark. “From nothing to nothing”, says Lear. The urge to perform and the self-hatred instilled in me by my Catholic upbringing drove me to great despair in the early 1990s. My life was meaningless, worthless, and theatre –for which I had chosen so passionately- had not been capable of creating happiness for either myself or any one else. The depth of my depression was great.

But the hunger to find an answer was even greater. Without my realising it, I was being forced to search more attentively, to formulate my questions more accurately. The loss of a materially measurable effect of theatre, as well as the letting go of the compulsive desire to create an effect, was actually quite a liberation. Indeed, in terms of yield, you could argue that theatre is utterly meaningless. And yet, man has always ritualised his need to give meaning in theatre; the same universal texts asking the same questions about the meaning of life and human suffering continue to fascinate us, even though no author or playwright has ever succeeded in formulating an adequate answer. As this answer lies beyond human comprehension, it is unlikely ever to be found. So does it make sense to continue looking for it? Is this “search for meaning.

The reason for this hunger for truth is not demonstrable, not tangible, impossible to put into words. All that we know for certain is that it manifests itself in “the search” itself. The mere fact that theatre is unable to provide any form of answer, that it forces the artist and spectator to accept the silence and emptiness, and throws them back into life without explanation, void of any logic.

CV TIMELINE

CURRICULUM VITTAE LUK PERCEVAL

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1957
LUK PERCEVAL
BORN
Born on May the 30th, 1957 (Lommel, Belgium.)
Graduated as an actor in 1979 at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerp.
Worked as an actor at the KNS (Koninklijke Nederlandse Schouwburg) in Antwerp from 1980 untill 1985
He teached actors’ training from 1981 untill 1989 at the Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium Antwerp.
In 1984 he founded Blauwe Maandag Compagnie (Blue Monday Company) together with Guy Joosten.
In 1998 Luk Perceval founded HET TONEELHUIS. HET TONEELHUIS is a fusion between Blauwe Maandag Compagnie (based in Ghent) and KNS (Antwerp) based at the Bourla theatre in Antwerp.

1984
Don Quichote
IN WHICH IS TOLD WHAT ONE WILL EXPERIENCE IN IT
THE HISTORY OF DON QUIXOTE BY CIDE HAMETE BENENGELI, IN WHICH IS TOLD WHAT ONE WILL EXPERIENCE IN IT

1985
Cucaracha
OR OUR SMALLER DESTINY OF DISMAY
OR OUR SMALLER DESTINY OF DISMAY

1985
Merkwaardige Paren
(PECULIAR COUPLES)
These productions - which were both realised without any subsidies- form important parts in BMCie's search for a distinctive style and method in creating theatrical performances. We worked mainly on the basis of improvisations and by doing this we realised that the actor should be the central figure in a play.

1985
Alles Liebe
a ridiculous tragedy about all sorts of people
By order of the Reizend Volkstheater Perceval made an adaptation of La dama boba by Lope de Vega, a ridiculous tragedy about all sorts of people.

1986
othello I
Shakespeare's terrifying nightmare about deceit and jealousy. How fantasy becomes reality?
The BMCie was looking passionately for productions which propagate universal messages. Since Shakespeare is the creator of all what's universal, we took our chance to reach the unreachable by using Shakespeare's language.

1987
Pinokkio
Nederlands Toneel Gent (N.T.G.)
By order of the N.T.G. Luk Perceval does the playwrighting and production of Pinokkio, the story of a wooden puppet boy.

1988
De Meeuw
about man's impotence to be happy
The Seagull is Tsjechov's evergreen about man's impotence to be happy. Love and death are placed against the backdrop of theatre and literature.

1990
Strange Interlude
'Strange Interlude' is selected for the Flemish-Dutch Theaterfestival.
Strange Interlude is at the same time a melodramatic portrait, a comic strip, an opera, a documentary, a family soap and on top a sharp criticism on all these genres. The human psyche is tarnished. The entire male carousel runs away with itself. The family is exposed as an inferno.

1990
Voader
Father is the BMCie's own interpretation of The Father by August Strindberg.
Father is the BMCie's own interpretation of The Father by August Strindberg. Man and woman are waging a hopeless fight. Misogyny is the standard.

1991
IVANOV
No marriage without stench, no pubs without drinks!
At the end of the 19th century Russian censors passed an ominous and scurvy judgement on Tsjechov's dramatical etchings.

1991
Wilde Lea
A mad spectacle, an exaggerated mix of tear-jerkers, soundmix and playback shows
Bad taste rules in Wild Lea with its series of schmalzy pop songs and corny. The play launches an attack against the degeneration of our society and its foolishness… a grotesque blow-up of the artless world of Flemish media.

1992
BOSTE
portray in Boste a small part of Flanders
By writing subtle popular poetry, BMCie's new playwright Arne Sierens manages to portray in Boste a small part of Flanders.

1992
Repetitie/I
REHEARSAL/I The theatre throws away its ties!
The aim of Rehearsal/1, a play inspired by Ingmar Bergman's movie, is to create in the 'here and now' a unity of place, time and space which makes multiple interpretations possible.

1993
ALL FOR LOVE
Written in an elaborate style.
John Dryden, Poet Laureate at the end of the 17th Century, rewrote William Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra with his masterpiece All for Love or The World Well Lost.

1993
JOKO
Joko, very roughly based on the text by the French cartoonist, Roland Topor, is a hallucinatory and infernal trip with Dantesque proportions and Bosch-styled images.
The stage is dominated by chaos. Some situations are developing on stage and it is up to the spectator to invent a story.

1994
O'Neill
AND GIVE US SHADES
Lars Nóren is digging for vivid memories of Eugene O'Neill's parents, of his own parents and of all our parents. By digging, he hopes to find back his children and to retrace the child he used to be.

1997
Ten Oorlog
An adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Wars of the Roses”.
Language functions as a thread in Ten Oorlog as it conveys the saga of Ten Oorlog once in a soft manner then in a harsh way. It consists of a mix of renaissance poetry, pop music and street jargon, everything pressed together in a declamation of iambic pentameters.

1998
Voor het pensioen
In Before Retiring all rotten political and sexual affairs are hilariously portrayed.
A president of the court formerly working as an SS-officer, is celebrating Himmler's anniversary in the company of his two sisters, an annual tradition in his family. It is mainly a party of the soul… in which all thoughts are expressed.

1998
Franciska
a touching story about a young woman who tastes from an absolutely free existence
At the outset of the 20th century Frank Wedekind wrote Franciska, a touching story about a young woman who tastes from an absolutely free existence.

1999
SCHLACHTEN!
SCHLACHTEN! is the German version of Ten Oorlog
By staging Schlachten! in Germany - an adaptation of Shakespeare's War of the Roses- Luk Perceval was looking for the workings of power and dominion and their dubious legitimations.

2000
Aars!
An anatomical Study of the Oresteia
In a living room a family is under the spell of a party game of which the family members are themselves part. The mother and father are joined by a deep-rooted dark love. Their children seem to be shamelessly used as change in the transaction between mummy and daddy. Or are these children the driving force of the drama?

2000
Ridders
(Knights) A zig-zag of daily preoccupations and philosophical reflections.
By relying on Ballet by Gerardjan Rijnders a group of three final-year students of Studio Herman Teirlinck and three young actresses bring their environment and language to the stage.

2001
Wie slaapt vangt geen vis
Joost Houtman gaat in een eerste bedrijf op zoek naar de diepste roerselen van Vlaanderens bekendste regisseur.
In Wie slaapt vangt geen vis zaait Houtman vraagtekens. Wat kan het theater vandaag de dag nog in en voor de maatschappij betekenen? Moet het theater kritisch zijn? Heeft theater een rituele functie? Welke stukken moeten er gespeeld worden? Zijn subsidies zinvol? En hoeveel mag dat allemaal kosten?

2001
Der Kirschgarten
The play describes the transition from a harmonious community towards a completely individualised capitalist society
In his last play Der Kirschgarten (1904) Anton Tsjechov brings together all his classic themes on the country estate of Ljoebov, a large landowner who, feeling betrayed by love and life, is on the verge of going bankrupt.

2001
Asem
The family's cornerstone, the incest taboo, is mercilessly pulled down
In Asem, an adaptation of the controversial play Täter (1999) written by the young German Thomas Jonigk (1966), the family's cornerstone, the incest taboo, is mercilessly pulled down.

2001
Traum im Herbst
'Traum im Herbst' was selected for the Theatretreffen in Berlin 2002.
Traum im Herbst shows the life of Man in some seemingly arbitrary fragments. The clock is ticking ceaselessly which explains why MAN is brooding over death, lost opportunities, unfulfilled desires and about his fears.

2002
L.King of Pain
The public will be able to sense what it means be cut off from reality, to understand how someone ends up in a mental maze.
"The art of losing is central in this play. A king renounces first his throne and his kingdom; later on he also turns his back on his family and ends by losing his senses. I'm getting more and more convinced that to Shakespeare telling about loss meant a sort of ritual acceptance." LP.

2002
Andromak
An infernal quartet of love, infidelity, doubt and revenge!
The War of Troy: Pyrrhus has imprisoned widow of the hero Hector, Andromache, and her son Astynax. Orestes receives the order of killing Hector's only descendant...

2002
Das Kalte Kind
focuses on the advantages and disavantanges of the ties of marriage, friendship and family
After Feuergesicht (Brandbakkes) and Parasiten Marius von Mayenburg (playwright of the Schaubühne) elaborates his theory that human beings are entangled by their illusions and claustrophobic relations.

2003
othello II
I am not who I am.
Othello is also the tragedy of "foreignness". The Moor of Venice; as Shakespeare calls him, is the black person in a world of whites.

2003
Het Kouwe Kind
This engenders a merry-go-round of bloodnoses, weddings and funerals
After Feuergesicht and Parasiten Marius von Mayenburg (playwright of the Schaubühne) elaborates his theory that human beings are entangled by their illusions and claustrophobic relations.

2003
Oom Vanja
Theatre is writing in the sand
Vanja, his mother, his housemaid, his niece Sonja and her godfather have lived together for donkey’s years in a godforsaken place. The only person to provide some diversion is his drinking mate Doctor Astrov. The unbearable lightness of their dreary being is suddenly broken by a visit from Vanja’s ex brother-in-law, the professor and his thirty years younger wife.

2003
Andromache
This play confronts two types of love with each other.
The Trojan War is over: Hector, King of Troy, has been brutally slain by Achilles' son Pyrrhus and the City of Troy has been totally destroyed by the Greeks.

2004
Macbeth
Macbeth is a thriller, a maelstrom of horror, which inevitably sucks the reader in.
A story that begins with a dark fairytale " a self-fulfilling prophecy" that develops into a paranoid reality, a nightmare in which the two main protagonists become lost in the labyrinth of their own delusions and lies, condemned to existential loneliness in this harrowingly poignant adaptation. Life as a never-ending dream, " a tale told by an idiot, signifying nothing".

2004
tristan & isolde
According to Wagner, Tristan, which he created in Munich in 1865, was the greatest tragedy he had adapted.
Tristan, the nephew of King Mark, has been sent to Ireland to escort Isolde, daughter of the King of Ireland and Mark's intended bride, back to Cornwall. But the unwilling bride loves Tristan, and decides to kill herself and Tristan with a poison draught. However, Isolde's maid secretly changes the poison for a love potion. Convinced that they are committing suicide, Tristan and Isolde drink the potion and, in the face of supposed death, confess their mutual love...

2004
Dood ve Handelsreiziger
It's a long daytrip through the night.
In this now classic drama, Arthur Miller describes the downfall of Willy Loman, an on-the-road sales rep who, after 36 years of service, has been fired. A hastily concluded life insurance would appear to offer the only way out of his existential crisis.

2005
Accidenten van een zaalwachter
Voorlopige theaterbiografie van Luk Perceval.
Als theatermaker Luk Perceval (48) dit seizoen (2005) stopt bij Het Toneelhuis, laat hij in Vlaanderen een carrière na van 25 jaar.

2005
Vec Makropoulos
And so appear from the depths of this strange story the veiled scars of a very familiar human tragedy.
300 years old she is, or so she claims to be; Emilia Marty, the main protagonist of The Makropoulos Affair, an opera diva who's admired, desired, adored and praised by all. Yet, or perhaps because of this, she knows exactly how to manipulate this "man's world" and how to keep it at bay.

2005
turista
A five-hour "thriller" about campers who are looking to escape from daily tedium.
Marius von Mayenburg wrote this Central European mid-summer night's dream for a cast of 24 actors from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

2005
Theater und Ritual
The accompanying 60-minute DVD shows excerpts from Perceval's self-recorded theatrical films: "Andromak", "Asem", "Oom Vanja" and "Traum im Herbst".
In Munich and Berlin, the German-language book "Theater und Ritual" is presented: Thomas Irmer on Luk Perceval's career and working method, complemented with quotes from personal work notes ("accidents") and conversations with his closest collaborators (incl. Hans van Dam, Els Dottermans, Frank Baumbauer, Katrin Brack, Marius von Mayenburg, Mark van Denesse, Thomas Thieme, Thomas Ostermeier and co-author Thomas Irmer).

2005
Lulu LIVE
Waiting for love and sex, the characters bear testimony to their own mundanity.
Lulu Live is the title of a play based on Wedekind's Lulu, which back in 1904 was banned by the German censor, who judged it to be vulgar and perverse.

2006
Maria Stuart
A play about two women, both queen. Struggling for their title, their lover en their life. Commanding and obeying a "man's world".
A play about two women, both queen. Struggling for their title, their lover en their life. Commanding and obeying a "man's world".

2006
Platonov
,,To leave or not to leave", he asks like a forlorn Hamlet. And his answer, too, drives him closer to the edge of the abyss.
A Russian manor occupied by a group of bored characters: impoverished landed gentry, a businessman, a doctor, a moneylender, and a horse thief. Although no-one seems to get on with anyone else, they inevitably gravitate towards each other as they try to kill the time.

2006
Tod eines Handlungsreisenden
In this now classic drama, Arthur Miller describes the downfall of Willy Loman, an on-the-road sales rep who, after 36 years of service, has been fired.
In this now classic drama, Arthur Miller describes the downfall of Willy Loman, an on-the-road sales rep who, after 36 years of service, has been fired. A hastily concluded life insurance would appear to offer the only way out of his existential crisis. In this adaptation, the story unfolds on the eve of his fatal suicide attempt.

2006
Le travail du corps chez les acteurs de Luk Perceval
The author followed the rehearsal process during a year with a view to analysing the physical acting style.
In Paris, ATLANTICA SéGUIER presents the French-language book by Pauline Beaulieu on Perceval's specific approach to theatre-making.

2007
Marienvespern
The story tells of the struggle between the Muslim woman Clorinda and the Christian man Tancred.
Claudio Monteverdi, the last madrigalist and first truly great operatic composer, wrote relatively few sacred pieces, despite holding the position of Chapel Master at San Marco in Venice for all of 30 years.

2007
Moliere, eine Passion
Moliere, oder die Wut der Sehnsuchtige.
The Misanthrope, Don Juan, Tartuffe and The Miser combined into a single life line. Feridun Zaimoglu, Günther Senkel and Luk Perceval (Othello, LULU Live) wrote this adaptation of Molière's four major works, for a single lead actor, so that the plays become four stages in a man's life: an evolution from utopianist to demented old fool.

2008
Troilus and Cressida
Shakespeare’s story about the Trojan War begins in the seventh year of the epic struggle.
Shakespeare’s story about the Trojan War begins in the seventh year of the epic struggle. The conflict has reached a deadlock as Troy appears to be an impenetrable fortress. Exhausted from battle, the Greeks lie on their camp beds, longing for a decisive conclusion, a catharsis. But discord and chaos have crept into their ranks, and the mutinying soldiers are eager to return home.

2008
Anatol
This play is a metaphor for the human psyche
In this adaptation of Schnitzler's "comedy of the soul", Anatol is performed by a woman: existentially alone, but driven by a deep desire for togetherness and for a love above all else.

2009
Nach der Probe
'After the Rehearsal', a film by Ingmar Bergman, is a reflective look at the art of theater and its practical implications in our lives.
After the Rehearsal' is a study of our actions: their sincerity, what drives us to them, and how they are mirrored in the theater. It attempts to define human relationships and their high level of self-interest, at times appearing quite existentialistic.

2009
The concealed City
THE CONCEALED CITY (DIE VERBORENE STADT)
A documentary film by Luk Perceval. A fictionalized investigation into the very real stories lurking in the tunnels below Linz.

2009
Kleiner Mann was nun?
"Kleiner Mann was nun?" or the story of how ordinary folk must inevitably yield to the forces of world politics. A novel written in 1932 that seems frightfully visionary today.
Berlin, not long before the Second World War. With this story of the early marital bliss of "Lämmchen und Jungen", Hans Fallada paints a picture of two "survivors"; small fry, who, aside from their day-to-day concerns, are undecided whether to vote for the Nazis or the Communists.

2009
2BORNOT2B
All the world is a stage!
The theatre as a mirror of the human condition, the city, its inhabitants, their imaginations, doubts and questions... All the world is a stage!

2009
The Truth About The Kennedys
160-year "history" of America's "first family"; an epic of Greek proportions and grandeur.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy. JFK _ Initials that are deeply ingrained in our collective psyche. They stand for hope and for a new political culture, but also for tragedy, corruption, the Mob and Marilyn Monroe... The assassination of JFK in Dallas in 1963 was followed five years later by the equally tragic killings of Martin Luther King in Memphis and JFK's younger brother Bobby Kennedy in LA.

2010
Zomergasten
Coproductie Het Zuidelijk Toneel
Blauwe Maandag Cie.

2010
Kinder der Sonne
In this play, Maxim Gorki evokes the failure of the intelligentsia, the elite that rules society, to develop an alternative pathway, a vision that embraces the needs of all.
As a cholera epidemic sweeps across the country, a group of artists, scientists and intellectuals who have gathered at the home of Professor Protassov reflect on the sense and the nonsense of life.

2010
Hamlet
To be or not to be: Is that really the question?
To be or not to be: Is that really the question?

2011
Draussen vor der Tür
a play that no theatre wants to perform and no audience wants to see
Soldier Beckmann returns from the War to the ravaged city of Hamburg. The place he once called home is now a complete stranger to him. Wandering through the labyrinth of destruction, he is pursued by images of the horrors of battle.

2011
Macbeth II
Macbeth is a thriller, a maelstrom of horror, which inevitably sucks the reader in.
A story that begins with a dark fairytale " a self-fulfilling prophecy" that develops into a paranoid reality, a nightmare in which the two main protagonists become lost in the labyrinth of their own delusions and lies, condemned to existential loneliness in this harrowingly poignant adaptation. Life as a never-ending dream, " a tale told by an idiot, signifying nothing".

2011
In Ongenade - Disgrace
South Africa.
South Africa. David Lurie, a twice-divorced 52-year-old lecturer at a technical university in Cape Town, becomes romantically involved with one of his students and is heard by a disciplinary board.

2012
Ein Kirschgarten
Partir, c'est mourir.
The cherry orchard is to be sold off. Debts are too high. Partir, c'est mourir.

2012
Jeder stirbt für sich allein
Sixty years after the author's death, Hans Fallada's fact-based novel has become an international bestseller.
,,Der Führer hat mir meinen Sohn ermordet!" This sentence, written on a postcard, marks the beginning of the extraordinary resistance struggle of a working-class couple in Berlin during the Second World War.

2013
Platonov2
Platonov is Don Juan and Hamlet in one.
Platonov is Don Juan and Hamlet in one. By his own account, he loves all people, all women. He loves too much and too often, constantly drowning in his own insatiability.

2013
Die Brüder Karamasow
Does God exist or not?
Does God exist or not?

2013
der Nackte Wahnsinn
The show MUST go on...
The show MUST go on...

2013
Schande
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
Disgrace is about living with real decisions and real consequences, and in that way it is about real people.

2014
Front
explores the Western front from all sides of the trenches in Belgium
FRONT explores the Western front from all sides of the trenches in Belgium. Belgium played a special role in the "Groten Oorlog", the Great War: despite its neutrality, was turned into a battlefield by and for foreign powers.

2014
Macbeth III
Macbeth is a thriller, a maelstrom of horror, which inevitably sucks the reader in.
It's the third time I stage Macbeth, and for the third time in a complete different set with a different adaptation. This text keeps on fascinating me because it is one of the most spiritual pieces of poetry ever written.

2014
Düsseldorf mon Amour
A docusoap shot
A docusoap shot and directed by Luk Perceval.

2014
Kein Theater Bitte
A documentary film on the rehearsal process of Maria Stuart
A documentary film on the rehearsal process of Maria Stuart at the Schaubühne Berlin 2006

2014
Exiles
At the "grand finale" there are no revelations, but doubt, ambiguity, and the banality of everyday life.
In three acts James Joyce composes a silent love drama, without pathos, without over acting. At the "grand finale" there are no revelations, but doubt, ambiguity, and the banality of everyday life.

2015
Nahaufnahme Luk Perceval
Seit 2011 hat Thomas David den Regisseur bei der Arbeit beobachtet und in ausführlichen Gesprächen zu Leben und Werk befragt.
Die Nahaufnahme beleuchtet Percevals Anfänge als Schauspieler und Regisseur und seinen Werdegang vom Künstlerischen Leiter des Antwerpener Het Toneelhuis über die Jahre an der Berliner Schaubühne bis zu seinem Wechsel als Leitender Regisseur an das Hamburger Thalia Theater.

2015
Die Blechtrommel
Ist die Schwarze Köchin da? Jajaja!
Ist die schwarze Köchin da? Ja, ja, ja.

2015
LIEBE
PART 1 OF THE TRILOGIE MEINER FAMILIE
Impressed by the Industrial Revolution and the rapid development of the natural sciences, Émile Zola, born in Paris in 1840, composed a 20-volume cycle of novels "Les Rougon-Macquart" detailing the fate of one fictional family; some of them bastards, some legitimate.

2016
GRAPES
this production shows an archetypal history of migration
In his epochal novel "Grapes of Wrath", published in 1939 in the USA, John Steinbeck tells the story of the Joad family.

2016
het jaar van de kreeft
Why are you addicted to your pain?
Why are you addicted to your pain?

2016
GELD
the second part of his 'Trilogy of my Family'
A variety theatre in Paris. Everyone is waiting for the performance of Nana, the daughter of the washerwoman Gervaise, who died of poverty and alcohol, whom we got to know in the first part of the Zola trilogy.

2016
Sneeuw
Temporarily closed off from the world, a farcical coup is staged and linked melodramatically to a stage play.
Ka a poet, who returns to Turkey after 12 years of political exile in Germany, has several motives, first, as a journalist, to investigate a spate of suicides but also in the hope of meeting a woman he used to know.

2017
Wer einmal aus dem Blechnapf frisst
Who once eats out of the tin bowl
Luk Perceval has already adapted two of Hans Fallada\'s novels for the stage: 'Kleiner Mann _ was nun?' ('Little Man _ What now?') (Munich Kammerspiele, 2009) and 'Jeder stirbt für sich allein' ('Every Man Dies Alone') (Thalia, 2012). With 'Wer einmal aus dem Blechnapf frisst' ('Who once eats out of the tin bowl') he now stages the story of Willi Kufalt, who, against his own will, becomes the person that those around him always saw: 'A bit of excrement, a microbe, malignant, that must be destroyed.'

2017
Infinite Now
Infinite Now is a unique combination of theatre and opera, sung and spoken word, drama and music.
This creation commemorates World War I and takes as point of departure the play FRONT (2014) staged and adapted by Luk Perceval.

2017
Hunger
The final part of 'The Trilogy about my Family'
The final part of 'The Trilogy about my Family' is based on Émile Zola's novels, 'Germinal' and 'The Human Beast'. Industrialisation and capitalism are gaining pace, and as they accelerate, so too do the characters' passions.

2017
Zola Marathon
The trilogy about my family
Director Luk Perceval has created three theatre evenings from Émile Zola's 20-part cycle of books about the Rougonc Macquart family. 'Love', 'Money' and 'Hunger' are the productions, all playing in a one day marathon. It's a huge project, similar to the legendary 'Schlachten', which made Luk Perceval famous in Germany.

2018
Rosa oder Die barmherzige Erde
Another "Romeo&Julia". Same same, but different.
Another "Romeo&Julia". Same same, but different.

2018
Mademoiselle Julie
A production by Comédie de Genève.
A production by Comédie de Genève.

2018
Romeo&Juliet
Another "Romeo&Julia". Same same but different.
Another "Romeo&Julia". Same same but different.

2018
Mut und Gnade
A MIRACLE OF CONSCIOUS DYING
GRIT and GRACE is Ken Wilber's story, with much of it told through his wife Treya's journals and letters, of their five-year battle against her cancer, a long roller-coaster ride that ended in her death by euthanasia in 1988.

2019
In Allen treft eenzelfde lot
Het graaft dieper en ontbloot machtspatronen, de rol van de vrouw, de taalstrijd, de brede cultuurhistorische context.
In Allen treft eenzelfde lot ontrafelt Joost Houtman Ten Oorlog als een verhaal van macht en mens.

2019
Black
The first part of The Sorrows of Belgium about Congo
In the trilogy The Sorrows of Belgium, consisting of the three national colours Black/Yellow/Red, director Luk Perceval zooms in on three dark periods in Belgian history.

2019
Trilogien
According to Jon Fosse, Luk Perceval's production of Dream of Autumn in Munich (2002) is one of the best productions he has ever seen of one of his works.
Homeless and unable to sleep, Alida and Asle wander around Bergen in the rain. They were forced to leave their village and now she is about to give birth, but no-one will give them shelter. In desperation they resort to drastic solutions which subsequently they will be held responsible for as they proceed.

2019
EINES LANGEN TAGES REISE IN DIE NACHT
traces the drug addiction in his own family as a deeply rooted cultural problem
The opioid crisis led to over 70,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2018. It is one of the worst drug crises in American history, causing more deaths annually than car crashes or guns, and leaving many children orphaned.

2020
Die Entführung aus dem Serail
a desire for timeless and borderless unity, to be one with the universe and all living creatures
W. A. Mozart tells a story about the insatiable human desire for more, the "black hole of desire", a desire for timeless and borderless unity, to be one with the universe and all living creatures.

2020
Penthesilea
In Kleist's tragedy about ,,love and war", man turns into an animal. 
In a world where waging war has become a daily survival strategy, a conflict extending over generations; man and woman are locked in a battle of the sexes. Even love is unable to heal the traumas of the past. To Kleist, the only way out is death.

2020
ExilBackstage
a story about German refugees living in Paris shortly before the Second World War
The pandemic has forced us to think about alternative forms for the art of theatre. How to create a theatre outside of the theatre, how to bring the theatre to people's attention, without a public venue? And what kind of theatre does this area need?

2021
Yellow - The Sorrows Of Belgium II: REX
The Flemish collaboration with the German occupier during World War II.
In his trilogy The Sorrows of Belgium Luk Perceval zooms in on three dark passages from Belgium's past.

2021
Yellow - The Sorrows Of Belgium II: REX
The Flemish collaboration with the German occupier during World War II.
In his trilogy The Sorrows of Belgium Luk Perceval zooms in on three dark passages from Belgium's past.

2021
Yellow - The Sorrows Of Belgium II: REX
The Flemish collaboration with the German occupier during World War II.
In his trilogy The Sorrows of Belgium Luk Perceval zooms in on three dark passages from Belgium's past.

2021
3STRS
It is the time of their youth that they are longing for.
Traveling to Moscow is not an issue anymore since you can fly to the Russian capital for 99 euros. Today the daughters of General Prozorov, the title characters of Chekhov's drama, no longer miss their big city. It is the time of their youth that they are longing for.

2021
3STRS
It is the time of their youth that they are longing for.
Traveling to Moscow is not an issue anymore since you can fly to the Russian capital for 99 euros. Today the daughters of General Prozorov, the title characters of Chekhov's drama, no longer miss their big city. It is the time of their youth that they are longing for.

2021
3STRS
It is the time of their youth that they are longing for.
Traveling to Moscow is not an issue anymore since you can fly to the Russian capital for 99 euros. Today the daughters of General Prozorov, the title characters of Chekhov's drama, no longer miss their big city. It is the time of their youth that they are longing for.

2021
3STRS
It is the time of their youth that they are longing for.
Traveling to Moscow is not an issue anymore since you can fly to the Russian capital for 99 euros. Today the daughters of General Prozorov, the title characters of Chekhov's drama, no longer miss their big city. It is the time of their youth that they are longing for.

2021
3STRS
It is the time of their youth that they are longing for.
Traveling to Moscow is not an issue anymore since you can fly to the Russian capital for 99 euros. Today the daughters of General Prozorov, the title characters of Chekhov's drama, no longer miss their big city. It is the time of their youth that they are longing for.