“From Tragic to Magic”: a season of new collectives




When Milo Rau and his artistic team started at 2018 at NTGent, they transformed the Ghentian theatre to an open, inclusive stage for everybody. NTGent became the center of countless heated debates about what a city theatre was and should be. As a critic lately wrote: “This company is undoubtedly the most ambitious theatre project in recent years.”

“From tragic to magic – a season of new collectives,” this is the slogan of NTGent’s first post-Covid season. Which actors, directors, performances and activists will fill NTGent’s venues next year? How will the season 22/23 look like? Who is NTGent’s Global Ensemble and how can we give all the different voices of society a home, a house and a stage? What is The City Theatre of the Future – and what is its mission?


Opening Speech


On Monday, on the occasion of the traditional season’s presentation, these questions were answered with a collective speech by five of the house artists of NTGent: Luanda Casella, Jesse Vandamme, Miet Warlop, Chokri Ben Chikha, Lara Staal and Milo Rau. The speech was followed by a video, presenting the coming season, and the Belgian premiere of “The Interrogation” (Édouard Louis & Milo Rau).


For season 22/23, NTGent will produce and invite more than 60 makers and shows from Flanders, Belgium, Europe and the whole world: “We unite professionals with non-professionals, actors with activists. Animals meet robots, sounds meet bodies – and even the climate itself will be present.”


Within a network of over 10 theatres all over Europe, we imagine a system to sustainably tour plays by recreating them in the context of every city. And we continue to produce films in Europe, Brazil and Iraq, create new editons of our “School of Resistance”, imagine campaigns and festivals – together with our local and international partners from Ghent and Flanders to the Mosul Fine Arts Academy, from the Venice Biennale to the Avignon Festival, from the Brazilian Landless Movement to the UNESCO. Join the magical journey of NTGent!


Find all information and tickets for the season 22/23 here, watch the season’s presentation video and read NTGent’s collective opening speech.


“Welcome to our new season! May it be terrifyingly beautiful!”
Luanda Casella


Season Brochure