Luk Van Den Dries

Luk Van den Dries is Emeritus Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). His research deals with contemporary theatre, with a focus on postdramatic theatre. He wrote several books on the representation of the body in contemporary theatre and on creative processes in performing arts. He is the spokesperson of University of Antwerp participation in the Creative Europe project ARGOS (2019-2021), a research project with six European partners on creating communities around creative processes in Europe. He was editor of the Belgian theatre magazine Etcetera, organiser of the Flemish-Dutch Theatrefestival,  president of the jury of the Flemish-Dutch Theatrefestival and president of the Flemish Arts Council. Currently he is co-editor of the European Journal of Theatre and Performance. His latest book publications are Thomas Crombez, Luk Van den Dries (ed.) Mass Theatre in Interwar Europe (Kadoc, 2014), Luk Van den Dries: Het geopende lichaam. Verzamelde opstellen over Jan Fabre (De Bezige Bij, 2014), Thomas Crombez, Jelle Koopmans, Frank Peeters, Luk Van den Dries, Karel Van Haesebrouck: Theater. Een Westerse geschiedenis. (Lannoo Campus, 2015), Luk Van den Dries, Timmy De Laet (ed.) The Great European Stage Directors: Bausch, Castellucci, Fabre (Methuen Drama, 2018); From Act to Acting. Jan Fabre’s Guiding Lines for the Performer of the 21st Century (Sofoklis, 2022).

Luk works as a freelance dramaturg for Jan Fabre (TannhäuserRequiem für eine Metamorphose, Mount Olympos). Together with Louise Chardon he founded the production house AndWhatBesidesDeath and co-created Ay¨n – La Biagnoire du diable (2008) and Sensorama (2009); he was a dramaturg for Fenestra Ovalis (2011), and Vortex (2012). For a complete overview of research and publications, see: