Jan Decorte

The writer, director and actor Jan Decorte works in theatre, opera, dance and film and is known for his modern adaptations of classical material. In 1981 he was awarded the Oscar De Gruyter Preis for Best Directing for his staging of Hebbels ›Maria Magdalena‹ and the Flemish-Dutch Playwriting Prize in 1991 for his production ›Meneer, de zot & tkint‹ based on Shakespeare’s ›King Lear‹. Alongside directing more than 40 theatre productions since 1978, he also written and directed several films including ›Pierre‹ (1976) which won the Press Prize at the Festival of Belgian Film and was selected for the Edinburgh Film Festival and ›Hedda Gabler‹ (1978) – after Ibsen – which was selected for FILMEX in Los Angeles and the Edinburgh Film Festival.

Decorte's plays ›Oedipus‹ and ›Bêt noir‹ were notably used by choreographer Wim Vandekeybus as the base for two dance performances, ›Black Biist‹ (2009) for Göteborg Ballet and ›Oedipus / Bêt noir‹ (2011) for his own company Ultima Vez.

Decorte's latest own dance production ›Much Dance‹ (2014), in which he appears alongside three other performers, was produced in cooperation with the Münchner Kammerspiele and will be presented by PACT Zollverein for the Ruhrtriennale Festival 2015.
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