Brecht Hermans is a Belgian theatre maker, writer and musician. He lives in Rotterdam (NL).
His work focuses on creating encounters with and between his audience. In The Karamazovs he co-creates a live hear-play, based on Dostojevski’s novel The Brothers Karamazov, with participants from the audience in the main role. The project follows SHARED/FOLDER – with the performances i Play, i Fuck and i Facebook – which dealt with the (over)sharing of intimacy in public space. SHARED/FOLDER was selected for the Paris Fringe Festival 2015. The Karamazovs will premiere at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival 2017.
Brecht is connected to Theater Babel Rotterdam, an inclusive theatre company with a mix of actors with and without mental disorder. But you know what? Everyone has multiple disorders – some are just better at hiding them. In 2016-2017 Brecht acted in Ont-heemd, in 2017-2018 he will perform in Café Babel and direct the inclusive project Gebroken Tanden. Next to that, Brecht is working on productions with Ell Circo D’ell Fuego in Antwerp, Hanne Geerts (Cie Manneke) in Hasselt and Anne-Charlotte Bisoux (Voetvolk/Lisbeth Gruwez) and Maxim Helincks (Dvkes, Stavroz) in Brussels.
As a writer, Brecht wrote theatre texts for DOX in Utrecht and for the Belgian theatre collectives De Stokerij, De Constanten and Filet Puur, which won the Gouden Doek 2016 and was selected for Landjuweel Festival with his rendition of the Greek tragedy Elektra. As a journalist and (theatre) critic Brecht wrote / writes for CircusMagazine, DM City Magazines and goddeau.com.
In music, Brecht began taking piano classes at eight. At eightteen he composed his first piano solo music. He recorded ‘Odysseus’, ‘Puzzle / 8 Pieces’ and ‘Lighthousekeeping’. He also composed and performed music for the theatre shows ‘Labyrinth’ by De Stokerij and ‘The Anniversary Party’ by D°Effekt. As a singer he fronted the rockcoverband Yellow Cab, performing at Sint-Baafs during the Gentse Feesten 2014.
Photo (c) Jonas Vincken