In 2009 Thomas Bellinck (°Recklinghausen, 1983) graduates as a theatre director from the RITS, the Brussels school for audio-visual and dramatic arts. Before training as a theatre director Thomas studies Germanic Philology at the University of Leuven. During his education at the Rits 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 2015, together with writer and theatre maker Pieter De Buysser, Thomas establishes the Brussels-based, artist-run production society ROBIN. The collectively autonomous society consists of Pieter, Thomas and alternating guest artists. As a visiting professor, Thomas occasionally teaches drama at the Brussels Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound and at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, as well as scenography at La Cambre. From 2017 onwards, Thomas is working as a PhD researcher in the arts at KASK / School of Arts (HoGent).
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Invent Tomorrow's Europe from Aix-Marseille Metropole
Thomas Bellinck intends to spend a big part of 2018 in the Aix-Marseille area, in order to develop a Euro-Mediterranean research project that will bring together current and future projects; to work with old and new residents of the area; to present some of these projects to local cultural organizations. Thomas will be in residence at the Camargo Foundation during several periods, during which he will mainly focus on his research. The artist will of course move around in the region, but Camargo will be his base, providing him with the possibility of inviting fellow researchers of the area with whom he will collaborate during his time in France. In 2017, he will do some preliminary research at Camargo.