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George Banu in dialogue with Luk Perceval
Luk Perceval began his theatrical career in 1979 as an actor at the National Theatre in Antwerp, which he left five years later to set up his own independent group, ‘Blauwe Maandag Compagnie’. 14 years long he staged many productions with the ‘BMCie’ and won several prizes. The most important production was the Shakespeare marathon, ‘Ten oorlog’. In 1998, Perceval was made Director of the National Theatre in Antwerp, which he restructured to ‘Het Toneelhuis’. As an opera director he has worked at the Stuttgart State Opera, the Hanover State Opera and the State Opera at Unter den Linden in Berlin.
His productions of ‘Othello’ and ‘Uncle Vanya’ have been performed at international theatre festivals to great acclaim. From 2005 to 2008, Luk Perceval was Director in Residence at the Schaubühne at Lehniner Platz in Berlin, and since 2000, Perceval has been developing a series of theatre films based on his productions and has completed documentary films, ‘Düsseldorf mon Amour’ and ‘Die verborgene Stadt’.
Luk Perceval has been Principal Director at Thalia since the beginning of the 2009/2010 season. Furthermore, from 2008-2011 Perceval acted as Course Director for Directing and Drama at the Academy of Performing Arts in Baden-Württemberg. His production of ‘Jeder stirbt für sich allein’ was voted ‘Production of the Year 2013’ in the annual critics’ vote held by ‘Theaterheute’ magazine. In 2013, Luk Perceval was awarded the German theatre prize, the ‘Faust’ in the category of Theatre Direction. In 2015 Perceval was given by the ‘Konkinklijk Vlaams Muziekconstervatorium’ in Antwerp, the title of ‘Maestro Honoris Causa’. Perceval is not only working in Germany, but staged the last years also in St Petersburg, Amsterdam, Gent and Munich.