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Short view on career Luk Perceval (born in 1957) was raised in a family of skippers that settled in port town Antwerp. Perceval calls himself a child of football. From his nine until his seventeen, his main interest was football. In later years Perceval will reflect on this sport as the inspirational source for many of his ideas on theatre and life. Instead of a career as a professional footballplayer Perceval opts for an acting career. After three years of study at the renowned Conservatorium of Antwerp Perceval signs a contract with KNS in 1980, an institute comparable to the National Theatre in London. Quite soon Perceval gets to play leading roles. But he doesn't feel very happy at KNS. After 4 years he draws his conclusion and starts his own company in 1984: Blauwe Maandag Companie ("Blue Monday Company) which aim it is to fight against "dead tales that make the classical playhouse smell of mortuaries." Perceval's hallmark throughout his career is his particular attention for language. Perceval opts for "an empty theatre of language". Via language we get to contemporary writers. Quite often Perceval engages contemporary writers to write new plays or to radically adapt existing plays. Throughout his career Perceval worked on texts by Shakespeare, Tsjechow, Noren, Wedekind, O'Neill, Strindberg, Fosse‌ The 1997 production of Ten Oorlog combines all the different aspects of human existence that were dealt with in plays such as All for love, Joko, Voader, O'Neill. This is a theatrical marathon of 10 hours, based on the Wars of the Roses by William Shakespeare. Perceval and Flemish writer Tom Lanoye worked two years on the adaptation. They left out a lot of the original text and distilled a two-layered story: on the one hand the complete story of human existence from birth till death and on the other hand the history of Western society. A hallucinating undertaking. But not without success! Having played to huge audiences in Flanders and the Netherlands, after having been selected for the Dutch Theatrefestival Perceval was asked by the Salzburger Festspiele and the Schauspielhaus Hamburg to start a German version of Ten Oorlog: Schlachten!. This production was later on selected for the Theatertreffen where it received the Innovationspreis. Apart from the successful artistic aspect of this production we also have to draw attention to Ten Oorlog as pivoting point. Farewell en grandeur to BMCie and colourful start to Het Toneelhuis – a merger between BMCie and the former KNS, which Perceval left in 1984 - of which Perceval is the artistic director since its start in 1997. "Het Toneelhuis has to become a theatre house that asserts itself in the cultural landscape by reacting against everything that is mainstream. It has to become a house where experiment, risk and guts towards the artform theatre is translated on the stage."

Biography until 1997  

Short view on careerLuk Perceval (born in 1957) was raised in a family of skippers that settled in port town Antwerp. Perceval calls himself...

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