LUK PERCEVAL

The man behind
the screen

     

  • Luk Perceval was born on May 30, 1957 in Lommel (Belgium). He graduated as an actor from the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp in 1979.  
  • From 1980, he worked as an actor at the KNS (The Royal Theatre of Antwerp), where he played several leading roles. 
  • In 1984 he left the Royal Theatre and founded the Blauwe Maandag Cie, where he started experimenting with rehearsing methods. As a director, he realised many productions with the BMCie that were invited to and awarded at international festivals. 
  • 1998 Perceval became Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Antwerp, which he transformed into a new structure with a new name: “Het Toneelhuis”.  
  • The most remarkable production he realized was “Schlachten!”, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Wars of the Roses”. In Germany, this 12hr theatre marathon won the “innovation award” and “Best Production of the Year 2000″.  
  • From 2005 until 2008, Perceval was director-in-residence at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin.  In the same period he worked at the Münchner Kammerspiele, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Wiener Festwochen and Salzburger Festspiele, and other major German theatres.
  • From 2009 until 2016 he was the leading director of the Thalia Theatre in Hamburg. For his staging and adaptation of “Alone in Berlin” by Hans Fallada he received the FAUST award as best director of 2013.  
  • In 2014 Perceval received the GOLDEN MASK at the Moscow Bolshoi theatre, for “Draussen vor der Tür” as best foreign production. 
  • Since 2018, he has been director in residence at the NTGent in Belgium alongside artistic director Milo Rau.  
  • In 2020 Perceval was awarded the “Heddaprisen” in Olso for his staging of Jon Fosses’ “Trilogien”.  
  • In 2021 he received the Konrad Swinarski Award in Poland as best director for staging “3STSR”.
  • Apart from his work as a theatre and opera director, Perceval makes documentary films. 
  • As a yoga teacher, he integrates yoga and meditation techniques into his work.

Theater is writing in the sand.

– Luk Perceval

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.

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CV TIMELINE

CURRICULUM VITTAE LUK PERCEVAL

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.

1985
TOTALE SPRAKELOOSHEID – DE DWANG VAN DE TAFEL

(TOTAL SPEECHLESSNESS – THE TABLE CONSTRAINT)
Blauwe Maandag Cie
Author: Peter Handke
Director: Guy Joosten
Role: De Man (the man)

CUCARACHA – OF ONS KLEINER LOT VAN VERBIJSTERING
I.C.C. Meir Antwerp


MERKWAARDIGE PAREN

Raamtheater a/d Drink Antwerp


ALLES LIEBE (ALL IS LOVE)

Arenbergschouwburg Antwerp

1986
OTHELLO

Beursschouwburg Brussels

1987
OIDIPOES/KOMMENTAAR

ABKT Brussels


EEN STUK VAN TWEE DAGEN

Brakke Grond Amsterdam


PINOKKIO

NTG Ghent

1988
DE MEEUW

Beursschouwburg Brussels

Els Dottermans receives the Colombina (best female supporting role) as Nina in “De Meeuw”.

1989
NACHTWAKE

De Lievekamp Oss

ZOMERGASTEN
Schouwburg Eindhoven

1990
STRANGE INTERLUDE

Grand Theatre Groningen

VOADER
De Warande Turnhout

“Voader” is selected for the Theaterfestival.
Luk Perceval receives the Oscar De Gruyter Prize for his direction of “Strange Interlude” and “Voader”.
Katelijne Damen wins the V.A.B. audience award for her role in “Strange Interlude”.

1991
Ivanov

“Ivanov” is selected for the Theaterfestival.

1991
Strange Interlude

LP Receives V.A.B. audience award

WILDE LEA
Blauwe Maandag Cie

1992
BOSTE

Blauwe Maandag Cie

ACCIDENTEN/I
April 1992
Published Blauwe Maandag Cie
Author: Luk Perceval

REPETITIE/I
Rodenbachstraat Borgerhout (Antwerp)

Els Dottermans receives the Theo d’Or (best female leading role) for her role in “Wilde Lea”.

MOEDER WAAROM LEVEN WIJ?
(MAMA, WHAT DO WE LIVE FOR ?)
Filmproduction Prime Time
Director: Guido Hendrickx
Role: Karel

1993
Boste

Arne Sierens receives the writers award of the Flemish Community for “Boste”, a play commissionned by Blauwe Maandag Cie


ALL FOR LOVE

Blauwe Maandag Cie

ACCIDENTEN/II
SEPTEMBER 93
Published by Blauwe Maandag Cie
Author: Luk Perceval


JOKO

Blauwe Maandag Cie

1994
O’NEILL (EN GEEF ONS DE SCHADUWEN)

Arts Centre Vooruit Ghent

1995
Joko
invited to the Theaterfestival Zürich

TRUE WEST
Beursschouwburg

1996
HET MENS
Arts Centre Vooruit Ghent

1997
TEN OORLOG

Arts Centre Vooruit Ghent

1998
HET TONEELHUIS is born

The new theatre company is a fusion of Blauwe Maandag Compagnie Gent and KNS (the national theater) Antwerpen. It’s the largest theatre company in Flanders and Holland, based at the old Bourla Theatre, a fully restaured 19th century theatre in the heart of Antwerp.

TEN OORLOG, a production by the Blauwe Maandag Cie is selected for the Theaterfestival 1998.

1998
Award of the Dutch theatrecriticism

In 1998 Perceval is rewarded by the Dutch theatre critics with the award of the best director.

VOOR HET PENSIOEN
Arts Centre Vooruit Ghent

FRANCISKA
Het Toneelhuis

1999
TEN OORLOG

Thalia award.  1 May 1999 Luk Perceval & Tom Lanoye receive the Thalia-award for TEN OORLOG.

SLACHTEN!
Schauspielhaus Hamburg

2000
Aars!

Het Toneelhuis – Coproductie Holland Festival


SCHLACHTEN!

Selected for the Theatertreffen in Berlin 2000 where Luk Perceval and Tom Lanoye receive the Innovationspreis.

Luk Perceval and Tom Lanoye win the triennial Flemisch Cultural Prize for Playwrights for TEN OORLOG.

SCHLACHTEN! is voted PLAY OF THE YEAR 2000 IN GERMAN SPEAKING COUNTRIES by 40 of the foremost German critics, an intiative by Theater Heute.

Thomas Thieme is awarded best actor of 2000 for his role as Dirty Rich Modderfocker in Schlachten!


RIDDERS (KNIGHTS)

Bourla Antwerp

2001
AARS!

Luk Perceval and Peter Verhelst Receive the Taalunie Toneelprijs


DER KIRSHGARTEN

Schauspielhaus Hannover

ASEM
Bourla Antwerp

2001
WIE SLAAPT VANGT GEEN VIS

Presentation of the book about LP’s life and work at the Book Fair of November 2001.

Traum im Herbst
Münchner Kammerspiele.

2002
The productions ASEM and L.KING OF PAIN, both directed by Luk Perceval, are selected for the Flemish-Dutch Theaterfestival 2002. This Flemish-Dutch Theaterfestival programs the most interesting plays of the theatrical season of 2002-2003.


TRAUM IM HERBST

TRAUM IM HERBST is selected for the Theatertreffen in Berlin 2002.

Dagmar Manzal choosen as ‘Schauspielerin des Jahres’ for her performance in Traum im Herbst.


L. KING OF PAIN

Stadsschouwburg Brugge


ANDROMAK

Bourla Antwerp


DAS KALTE KIND

Schaubühne Berlin

2003
OTHELLO Première

Münchner Kammerspiele


HET KOUWE KIND

Het Toneelhuis


UNCLE VANJA -Première

Het Toneelhuis


ANDROMACHE – Première

Schaubühne Berlin

2004
ANDROMACHE

Andromache receives the Friedrich-Luft Prize for the best play of 2003.


MACBETH – Première

Het Toneelhuis


TRISTAN und ISOLDE

Staatsoper Stuttgart


ANDROMAK

Festival d’Avignon


ANDROMACHE

Edinburgh International Festival

DEATH OF A SALESMAN
Het Toneelhuis

Andromak- the film
Auditorium du Louvre, Paris

2005

VEC MAKROPOULOS – Première

Staatsoper Hannover


UNCLE VANJA

Münchener Kammerspiele


UNCLE VANJA

Le Maillon-Strassbourg


DEATH OF A SALESMAN

Schaubühne Berlin


TURISTA

Wiener Festwochen

2005
UNCLE VANJA

Wiener Festwochen


OTHELLO

Salzburger Festspiele


Accidenten van een Zaalwachter -Book Presentation

Geert Sels about life and work of Luk Perceval.


OOM VANJA

Festival internacional de Buenos Aires


OTHELLO

Vilnius Festival


OTHELLO

St. Petersburg, Baltic house


Presentation of the german book Theater und Ritual

Thomas Irmer about Luk Perceval’s carreer and specific working method.


OOM VANJA

Dialog Wroclaw


LULU LIVE 

Münchener Kammerspiele


ANDROMAK

kaaitheater brussels


ANDROMACHE

Bazart Festival Krakow


ANDROMAK

Charleroi Culture


OOM VANJA

Award – Teatro del Mundo” (World Theatre)  “Oom Vanja” has won the award “Teatro del Mundo” (World Theatre) in Argentina for best international production of the season. This award is granted by the University of Buenos Aires.

2006
MARIA STUART

Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin


OTHELLO

Royal Shakespeare Company


DOOD VAN EEN HANDELSREIZIGER

Le Maillon, Strassbourg


PLATONOW

Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz


TOD EINES HANDLUNGSREISENDEN

Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz


OOM VANJA

St. Petersburg, Baltic house

At this year’s Festival, Uncle Vanja receives the award as “best production”.


FILMRELEASE ON DVD

Theatrefilms made by Luk Perceval

PLATONOW
DEATH OF A SALESMAN
TRAUM IM HERBST
ASEM
UNCLE VANJA
ANDROMAK

2007
OTHELLO

Münchener Kammerspiele

LULU LIVE
Münchener Kammerspiele


TOD EINES HANDLUNGSREISENDEN

Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin


MARIA STUART

Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin


ANDROMACHE

Schaubühne Berlin


PLATONOW

Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz


DER KIRSCHGARTEN

Schauspielhannover


MARIENVESPER / COMBATTIMENTO DI TANCREDI E CLORINDA

Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin


MARIA STUART AWARDED

Friedrich-Luft Prize for the best play of 2006 by the daily “Berliner Morgenpost”


Tod eines Handlungsreisenden

Munich


Tod eines Handlungsreisenden

Torun/Poland

invited by the Theatrefestival KONTAKT

Katrin Brack receives the ,,Award Best Stage-Set Designer of the Festival” for her set design of ,,Tod eines Handlungsreisenden”.


MOLIERE. EINE PASSION

Salzburger Festspiele.  A production of the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Berlin


Tod eines Handlungsreisenden

Zagreb theater festival


Tod eines Handlungsreisenden

Seoul Performing Arts Festival

Tod eines Handlungsreisenden
Budapest Barka Festival

2008
Penthesilea
Opening night at the Schaubühne Berlin.


Maria Stuart

on tour in Strassbourg

Troilus and Cressida
opening night at the Wiener Festwochen.

2008
Tod eines Handlungsreisenden

on tour at the duisburg Theatertreffen

Troilus and Cressida
opening night at the  Mïnchner Kammerspiele


Moliere

on tour in Amsterdam at the Hollandfestival Amsterdam


Othello

on tour in Copenhagen invited by the Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2008.


Workshop

From 19 aug until 26 aug LP led a workshop at the Royal Shakespeare Company.


Othello

on tour in Seoul at the Seoul Performing Art Festival


Tod eines Handlungsreisenden

on tour in St Petersburg, at the Baltic House Festival


Penthesilea

on tour in Warsaw, at the Teatru Dramatyczny


Anatol

opening night in Berlin


masterclass

From 1/12 until 5/12 LP led a master class workshop for actors and directors at the East West Centar in Sarajevo

2009

Nach der Probe

opening night, at the SchauspielHannover and in co produktion with the Thalia Theater Hamburg.

Tod eines Handlungsreisenden
12 & 13 febr on tour in Sarajevo


Tod eines Handlungsreisende

Siegen, at the Siegener Biennale

2009


Kleiner Mann was nun?

opening night at the Münchner Kammerspiele.


The concealed City

opening night at the Linz Kulturhaupstadt festival.


2BORNOT2B

open stage performance
at the THALIA THEATER


The truth about the Kennedys

opening night at the Thalia Theater.


Troilus & Cressida

on tour in Poland

2010

The concealed City/Die Verborgene Stadt
selected for the FIPA festival, the international festival of audiovisual programs in Biarritz.

Kinder der Sonne
opening night at the Thalia Theater Hamburg.

The truth about the Kennedys
on tour in Budapest at the Budapest Springestival

Kleiner Mann was nun?
Selected for the 2010 Berlin Theatertreffen

The Truth about the Kennedys
2 & 3 July at the Festiwal Malta/Poland

Schauspieler des Jahres
Annette Paulmann and Paul Herwig are awarded as “actor of the year”, for their interpretations of the main characters in KLEINER MANN WAS NUN?

Hamlet
opening night

Hamlet on tour
Amsterdam, at the Stadsschouwburg

Kinder der Sonne on tour
St Petersburg, at the Baltic House festival

Hamlet on tour in China
Beijing, at the Beijing People’s Art Theatre

2011

Film TRAUM IM HERBST
The film of the theatre production, shot and edited by LP, was selected for the 24th international festival of audiovisual programms at Biarritz.

Draussen vor der Tür
opening night at the Talia Theater Hamburg

Macbeth
Opening night at the RUHRTRIENALE

In Ongenade/Disgrace
Opening night Amsterdam, at Toneelgroep Amsterdam

Draussen vd Tür
on tour in China at the Beijing People’s Art Theatre

2012

Ein Kirschgarten
Opening night at the Thalia Theater, Hamburg

In Ongenade
On tour in Paris

Draussen vd Tür
On tour in Munich

Kleiner Mann was Nun?
On tour in Antwerp, at the de Singel Antwerpen.

Hamlet on tour
At the 16th Shakespeare festival, Gdansk/Poland.

Jeder stirbt für sich allein
Opening night Hamburg, at the Thalia theater

Ein Kirschgarten
On tour at the Baltic House festival, St Petersburg

Ein Kirschgarten
On tour at the international Stanislavsky fetival, Moscow

 Leonid Popov Award for Kirschgarten

At the ,,International Baltic House Theatre Festival” in St Petersburg LP’s staging of KIRSCHGARTEN received the Leonid-Popov-award.

Othello
On tour at the international Stanislavsky fetival, Moscow

2013

Platonov
Opening night at the NTGent/Belgium

Die Brüder Karamasow
opening night at the THALIA THEATER

Jeder Stirbt für sich Allein
Selected for the theatertreffen Berlin

Best performance of the year award.
Jeder stirbt für sich Allein

Platonov selected for the Flemish and Dutch Theatre Festival
The staging of PLATONOV for NTGent, has been selected as one of the best performances of the last theatre season, and invited at the Flemish and Dutch theatre festival.

Der Nackte Wahnsinn
opening night at the Thalia theater Hamburg.

Karamasow on tour
St Petersburg at the 2013 Baltic House festival.

Ein Kirschgarten
on tour in Perm/Russia

Faust Award.
Award for LP’s staging of “Jeder stirbt für sich Allein”

Stanislavsky award
Moscow.  LP receives from the international Stanislavsky foundation the Award for his “contribution to the development of world theatre”.

Schande
opening night at the Münchner Kammerspiele.

2014

Jeder stirbt für sich allein
On tour in Paris at the Theatre Nanterre-Amandiers

FRONT
opening night Hamburg, at the Thalia theater

Golden Mask Award at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow 
For “Draussen vor der Tür” as best foreign production.

Front on tour
at the festival Perspectives

Macbeth III
Opening night at Baltiysky Dom Theatre St Petersburg

FRONT
Invited at Schloss Bellevue by Bundespräsident Gauck

Front on tour in Edinburgh
At the international Edinburgh festival.

Front on tour in Belgrade
At the international festival BITEF

Front on tour in Sarajevo
Front at the international festival MESS

Platonov on tour in Moscow
invited by the Stanislavsky foundation

Golden Laurel Wreath for Best Director
LP receives the Golden Laurel Wreath for Best Director at the Mess festival in Sarajevo

Exiles
Opening night at the Münchner Kammerspiele.

2015

Die Blechtrommel
Opening night Hamburg, at the Thalia theater

LIEBE, part 1 of DIE GESCHICHTE MEINER FAMILIE
opening night, at the Ruhrtriennale

NAHAUFNAHME LUK PERCEVAL
Book presentation of the book of Thomas David: NAHAUFNAHME LUK PERCEVAL.

Front on tour, Bucharest
at the Festivalul Narional de teatru Bucharest

Maestro Honoris Causa
LP honored by the royal conservatory of Antwerp as Maestro Honoris Causa.

2016
Grapes of Wrath
Opening night at the Thalia Theater Hamburg

het jaar van de kreeft
Opening night in Amsterdam, produced by Toneelgroep Amsterdam

Macbeth on tour
At the international Shakespeare Festival of Craiova in Rumania.

Star of Sibiu
LP received a star on the WALK OF FAME, at the International Theatre Festival of Sibiu, Rumania.

Liebe/Love on tour
At the international Theaterfestival of Siviu/Rumania

GELD, part 2 of DIE GESCHICHTE MEINER FAMILIE
Opening night of part 2 of the Zola trilogy: GELD/MONEY

Sneeuw
Opening night at NTGent

2017

Wer einmal aus dem Blechnapf frisst
opening night at the Thalia Theater

Best performance of 2016
SNEEUW receives the Cutting Edge Award as best performance of the year 2016

Infintie Now
Creation of a new Opera of Chaya Czernowin and Luk Perceval at the Opera Vlaanderen.

the Zola marathon
Opening night at the Ruhrtriennale.

Baltic Star 
For the Zola Marathon, LP recieves a Baltic Star in St Petersburg.

Operninszenierung des Jahres
Infinite Now

World creation of the year
The international opera critics have chosen INFINTE NOW as world creation of the year

2018
Rosa oder Die barmherzige Erde
Opening night at the Wiener Burgtheater

Mademoiselle Julie
opening night at the Comédie de Genève

Romeo&Juliet
opening night at the Bolshoi Drama Theater St Petersburg

Mut und Gnade/Grit and Grace
Opening night at Schauspiel Frankfurt

2019

Black
1st part of the SORROWS OF BELGIUM.  Opening night at NTGent

TRILOGIEN
A production by the Norske Theater, opening the Fosse Festival.

EINES LANGEN TAGES REISE IN DIE NACHT
A production by Schauspiel Köln, opening night in Cologne.

d 2020
Die Enftührung aus dem Serail

Opera produced by the Grand Theatre de Genève.

Heddaprisen for Luk Perceval

Luk Perceval received in Oslo the HEDDAPRISEN for the adaptation and the staging of Jon Fosse’s novel TRILOGIEN.

The Heddaprisen for Best Actress went to Gjertrud Jynge, who plays the main character in TRILOGIEN. Gjertrud Junge also got the Critics Award 2020.

Nominated for the Heddaprisen for best Set Design was the art directing team of TRILOGIEN: Annette Kurz and Ilse Vandenbusche.

The Heddaprisen is the most prestigious award of the Norwegian Theatre.

Exile Backstage
A lockdown Project by the Berliner Ensemble.

2021

Yellow/the film.
Opening night at the NTGent of Yellow/the Film.

3STRS
Opening night: 21 May 2021, Krakow & 20 June 2021, Warsaw.  A co-production by TRWarszawa
& Stary Teatr Krakow

Yellow/the Stageproduction.
Opening night at the NTGent.

Konrad Swinarski Award
For 3strs LP receives the Konrad Swinarski Award, as best director of the year.

Oblomow Revisited
A Instagram/Tumblr/Twitch-tv & stage project by Schauspiel Köln.