het Theater Festival

Charlotte De Somviele


Charlotte coordinates performing arts coverage at De Standaard and is co-editor-in-chief of Etcetera, performing arts magazine.

I’m on the jury because …

Reviewers often write in a vacuum. Talking about a performance is something completely different. For me, going to theatre always implies questioning yourself as a viewer: your poetics, your references, your social position and vision of the role of art in a society. It is precisely these different points of view that surface during the jury interviews. There is no obvious view of theatre and that forces you to put your experience into words very precisely.

For me, a performance of interest is …

A performance of interest disrupts. Theatre for me is a source of meaning, a guide through life, a way to better understand people and systems. Craft is at most a condition, never a goal.