© Eva Vermandel

Ontroerend Goed is a theatre and performance collective founded in 1994 and based in Ghent (BE) ever since. According to one of the founding members and artistic director Alexander Devriendt, the company is convinced that every idea deserves its own brand of artistic expression, and cherishes a sense of ownership for every single contributor to their work, from actors to light designers, scenographers to conceptual thinkers.

Next to Devriendt, Joeri Smet, Charlotte De Bruyne, Karolien De Bleser, Angelo Tijssens, David Bauwens, Wim Smet, Babette Poncelet and Karen Van Ginderachter form the present core.

Ontroerend Goed went in search of the limits of the medium of theatre from the very beginning: poetry performances at unusual locations, interspersed with theatrical images and in conceptual form. Their first breakthrough came with the PORRORtrilogie (2001-2003), which took place far away from the theatre auditorium in the sultry nightclub atmosphere of the Hotsy Totsy bar in Ghent. The freedom to develop their own theatrical form and explore the boundaries of theatre together with the audience has led to numerous experiments.

Ontroerend Goed (a punning name, roughly translated as 'Feel Estate') produces self-devised work grounded in the here and now, inviting their audiences to participate as well as observe. They first emerged on the international scene in 2007, with The Smile Off Your Face, a one-on-one show in which the audience is tied to a wheelchair and then blindfolded.

With every new piece of work, Ontroerend Goed provides an intense experience constructed in reality; life goes on during the performance. They fabricate possible realities that question how we as individuals position ourselves in the world today. Covering a history of the universe in one evening, turning spectators into voters who eliminate actors, guiding strangers through a labyrinth of mirrors and avatars to meet themselves, the company has made it its trade­mark to be unpredictable in content and form.

The company has won numerous prizes across Europe and has hit New York, Sydney, London to critical acclaim. Their work is currently being performed in countries around the world.