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Dirk Pauwels and Johan Pycke

From improvisation to theatrical image, language and movement

Body, voice and gesture are the special human instruments for creating an artistic language. It is a form of interaction that gives a different insight into your own abilities, the power of the individual over the group and vice-versa.

In this workshop we use various improvisation techniques to search for a concept, a framework in which we can think up our story.


It becomes a production process in which the main ingredients are image, language and movement.
A creative excursion in which the most diverse forms of theatricality can lead to something special. An adventure trip in which individual talent and vulnerability can be determinant.


Using improvisation to find a foundation from which new things can arise.
Letting something grow out of nothing, out of the still-to-be-imagined.
Developing dialogues through interaction.

Forming a group that defines itself.

Trying, tinkering and searching but not always finding, or perhaps finding but not quite.

If you want to dive, you must be ready to jump.

Dirk Pauwels(1944) is a visual artist who in the 1960s became involved in various theatre movements in Ghent with Eric De Volder. After five years as a creative artist and drama therapist in the Caritas psychiatric centre in Melle he formed the Radeis theatre company with Josse De Pauw and Pat Van Hemelrijck from 1977 to 1984.

In 1984 he was the initiator and first artistic director of the Nieuwpoort theatre.

In 1992 he converted the Oud Huis Stekelbees into Victoria, then in 2008 he merged both companies (Nieuwpoort and Victoria) to form CAMPO, for which he was artistic director until 2012.

Since then he has been a freelance artist, mentor and initiator for small artistic events.

In 2017 he wrote the anthology There's a shark in the butter and that same year he was curator of Theater aan Zee.

Dirk has won the Thalia award for general cultural services and the Culture award from the City of Ghent.

Johan Pycke (1965) has been responsible for selecting music at Radio Centraal, Studio Brussel and television reportages such as Panorama.
He was also closely involved with selecting music and creating soundscapes for among others Latrinité, Lies Pauwels, Dominique Willaert, Ben Benaouisse, Pascale Platel, Dirk Pauwels and Lieve Blancquaert (TAZ 2017).
Johan has for many years been Dirk's musical "partner in crime." He has a unique talent for almost immediately and unerringly understanding what musical support is needed for any scene, look or movement. He carries his musical encyclopaedia around in a flightcase and above all in his head.