Thomas Bellinck

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Leuven Auxiliary Prison, entitled Heroes and Villains. In 2010 he founded the theatre company Steigeisen with Jeroen Van der Ven. He created the performances Fobbit, Billy, Sally, Jerry and the .38 gun,Lethal Inc., De Onkreukelbare and Memento Park. Lethal Inc. was selected for Het TheatreFestival in 2011. Bellinck has also taken part in various performances at the Nieuwpoorttheater, Theater Antigone, 't Arsenaal and Muziektheater LOD. In 2013 he built the Domo de Eŭropa Historio en Ekzilo, a futuristic historical museum about life in the former European Union. The museum was selected for the International Film Festival in Rotterdam, the Vienna Festival and Het TheatreFestival 2014. Bellinck was awarded a RITCS Alumni Award for Domo de Eŭropa Historio en Ekzilo. The exhibition travelled to Athens and Wiesbaden in 2016. In 2015 he initiated his project Simple as ABC, a series of performances and installations on the West's 'migration machine'. Joris Blanckaert (1976) studied jazz accordion with Rony Verbiest and composition with Frank Nuyts at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent. He graduated in 2011 and is now a musician and composer for Bal des boiteux and bOOmfanfare. Blanckaert composes for various ensembles and productions and is also the music collective Fosfor's composer and artistic director. He collaborates with various ensembles, including SPECTRA, Emanon and Arsis4. Since 2009 he has been conducting experimental research into the interaction between soloists, computers and the audience, based on spectral theory. In 2010 his chamber opera L'algerino in Italia, based on Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri, had its premiere at the MAfestival in Bruges. This was followed by an adaptation of excerpts from Benjamin Britten's operas in 2012 and he wrote two new chamber operas in 2013: The Wandering Womb, a monodrama for the soprano Elise Caluwaerts and Elle est moi und Töte mich, for eleven voices and the SPECTRA Ensemble. SPECTRA was founded in 1993. The ensemble mostly plays new music from Flanders. Filip Rathé is its artistic director and conductor. SPECTRA can be seen at concerts, happenings and musical theatres, and takes part in international collaborations with composers such as Luca Francesconi, Stefano Gervasoni, Philippe Hurel and Nicolaus A. Huber. SPECTRA performs in and outside Europe and at festivals such as Ars Musica, Transit, Festival Musica Nova (Brazil), November Music, Musica Sacra, the Oerol Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Traiettorie Festival, the Venice Biennale, the World Music Days 2010 in Sydney and Musica Strasbourg.