Kristin Rogghe

Kristin Rogghe is one of the KVS’ city dramaturges, together with Gerardo Salinas and Tunde Adefioye. They will establish the links between the theatres and the ‘new urban living’.

Kristin Rogghe studied philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy (University of Leuven) and the Universidade de Lisboa. She then earned an international postgraduate degree in Transmedia at the LUCA School of Arts in Brussels, where she applied herself in experimental documentary and video-arts. She received a Fulbright scholarship to pursue Media Studies in New York, and took part in the UnionDocs Program for Documentary Arts. Between 2002 and 2012 she could be seen on stage in the contemporary dance performance Young People Old Voices by the German choreographer Raimund Hoghe, which toured European theatres. Since 2010 she has been working as a dramaturge, and in 2016 she joined KVS as city dramaturge. 

Kristin Rogghe is also a prolific author of poetry (her collection op de grasgrens was published by Bakermat in 2000), theatre (verzicht ego/echo, with co-author Maarten de Pourcq, 2001), reviews and interviews (for i.a. Rekto Verso, UrbanMag, Poëziekrant, Corpus Kunstkritiek of the Flanders Arts Institute) and essays (i.a. Bondgenootschap, about the ideas of Achille Mbembe and superdiversity in Flemish-Dutch theatre, in From TINA to TAMARA, 2014). 

As filmmaker and videographer she has created various films and video-installations, like ôtre k'ôtre (in collaboration with Matthias De Groof and the Congolese collective Mungongo Ya Sika, 2006), comfusao (in collaboration with Benjamin Vandewalle and various dancers and videographers in Mozambique and South Africa, 2008), Lobi (in collaboration with eight other artists in Kinshasa, with support from VAF, 2010) and au fil du temps (in collaboration with Guy Kabeya, 2011). Her work was exhibited and shown in STUK (Leuven), Wiels (Brussels), Buda (Kortrijk), Cinematek (Brussels), International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rencontres Internationales (Paris), AfricaDoc (Cotonou), Picha (Lubumbashi), Onion City (Chicago), San Francisco Art Institute, UC Berkeley, and more. 

In the realm of contemporary visual arts, she also worked as assistant curator, i.a. for the exhibition Animism (Extra City and MHKA, 2010) and various projects by the Brussels organisation Bn Projects. She is a member of the artistic committee of Contour, the biennial of moving image in Mechelen. She also worked as assistant to the French artist Pierre Bismuth and the Belgian artist Vincent Meessen, in particular for the project Un.Deux.Trois, an audio-visual installation he realised in Kinshasa for the Belgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennial in 2015. 

In 2010 she started working as dramaturge at the Mechelen theatre t,arsenaal. She collaborated with directors like Michael De Cock, Mesut Arslan, Frédérique Lecomte, Leentje Vandenbussche and Jaouad Essounani. Between late 2011 and late 2015 she directed the project GEN2020 on behalf of t,arsenaal, a trajectory of masterclasses, coaching and (co-)productions aimed at increasing interculturality in the Flemish theatre landscape, in cooperation with partners like Mestizo Arts Festival, Zomer Van Antwerpen, Moussem and NTGent. In this capacity she organised masterclasses by Sabri Saad El Hamus, Julie Vanden Berghe, Neske Beks, Mokhallad Rasem and others, and worked on creations by and with i.a. Fikry El Azzouzi (IJdele dagen), Seckou Ouologuem (Chris Lomme vs. Seckou Ouologuem), Aminata Demba and Aïcha Cissé (Dis-moi wie ik ben). Since 2016 she has been working as city dramaturge at KVS, where she provided the dramaturgy for i.a. Malcolm X (Junior Mthombeni/Fikry El Azzouzi/Cesar Janssens), Odysseus (Michael De Cock), Onbezongen (Valentijn Dhaenens), Rise Up (Sukina Douglas) and INVITED (Seppe Baeyens).

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