In 2009 Thomas Bellinck (°Recklinghausen, 1983) graduates as a theatre director from the RITCS, the Brussels school for audio-visual and dramatic arts. Before training as a theatre director Thomas studies Germanic Philology at the University of Louvain. During his education at the RITCS, he performs in several productions at Nieuwpoorttheater, Theater Antigone, and 't Arsenaal. Having been selected for Het Theaterfestival 2009 for a political action with illegalized immigrants on a hunger strike, he opens the festival with a speech entitled We were dying and then we got a prize. The same year, together with Ewout D'Hoore, he creates a play together with inmates at the Leuven Auxiliary Prison, the rehearsal process of which is captured in the documentary TV series Leuven Hulp.
In 2010, together with actor and former fellow student Jeroen Van der Ven, Thomas establishes the theatre company Steigeisen. Under the flag of Steigeisen, Thomas and Jeroen create the performances Fobbit, Billy, Sally, Jerry and the .38 Gun, Lethal Inc., De Onkreukelbare and Memento Park. In 2011 Lethal Inc., a PowerPoint performance about the quest for humane execution methods, is selected for Het Theaterfestival 2011.
In addition to his work with Steigeisen, Thomas also performs in the Frank Nuyts opera Middle East (Muziektheater LOD) and, together with patients at the Sint Jan de Deo psychiatric hospital, works on Berg, a cinematic account of an invisible play.
In 2013 Thomas builds Domo de Eŭropa Historio en Ekzilo (KVS), a futuristic historical museum about life in the former European Union. After an initial run in Brussels, the museum travels to other European cities, such as Rotterdam, Vienna, Athens and Wiesbaden.
In 2015, together with Pieter De Buysser, he establishes the Brussels-based, artist-run production society ROBIN.
From 2017 onwards, Thomas is working as a PhD researcher in the arts at KASK / School of Arts of the University College in Ghent, where he’s working on Simple as ABC, a series of performances and installations about the ‘Western migration machine’.
In May 2017, the second instalment, Simple as ABC #2: Keep Calm & Validate, a musical about the digitization of migration management, premieres and starts touring Europe.
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