Tristero is a Brussels-based theatre company, the artistic core being Youri Dirkx and Peter Vandenbempt. Manu Devriendt is the company manager.
In 2017 Kristien De Proost left the artistic core to dedicate herself to writing. Nevertheless she will continue to perform in Tristero-productions.
If you look at all Tristero productions, you will find them very diverse: incisive comedies and intriguing well-made plays (including work by Mike Leigh, David Hare and Martin Crimp), own adaptations of prose and own creative writing, but also movement theatre or a mix of one or more of these genres.
Tristero has a nose for less well known but interesting plays. They adapt them, making their own mark, and turn them into a theatre experience for a broad public, without turning it into mere entertainment. This results in intelligent and funny shows with a sharp edge.
Tristero is supported by the Flemish community and by the Brussels Capital Region’s Flemish Community Commission.
Youri Dirkx studied acting at the Kleine Academie and has performed on stage mostly for Tristero, Dito’Dito and Théâtre Varia. He has also frequently worked with the artist Dora Garcia.
Peter Vandenbempt studied Germanic philology and Theatre Studies at the University of Leuven, has performed mainly with Tristero, Jérôme Bel and Kassys, and has worked (and works) with students at LUCA-drama, Leuven and RITCS, Brussels.
Manu Devriendt studied law and worked with and for Walpurgis, Dito’Dito, Het beschrijf, Passa Porta, Benjamin Verdonck, Vincent Dunoyer, Bernard Van Eeghem and Thomas Hauert. Currently, he works for Tristero and the Philippe Vandenberg Foundation.
Several tracks – TRISTERO stages different kinds of shows. Usually it starts off with being fascinated by a piece of writing, but it may also be a theme, a concept or an image. We make it our aim to research and to try out different styles.
A different repertoire – TRISTERO is constantly on the lookout for new or unjustly neglected or rarely staged authors/plays. This is why we have staged several Flemish premières and new creations (including Altijd ’t zelfde, Locos and Play with Repeats). Moreover, we do not limit ourselves to plays; in the past we have also successfully adapted prose.
Humour is an important asset: intelligent, but not intellectual, accessible but not vulgar; first lurid, then subtle; gloomy, but never cynical; sometimes absurd. Occasionally we choose real comedies, but even when this is not the case, we try to draw out the comical elements. Laughter is cleansing, lets us put things and ourselves into perspective, and may be a means of enabling the audience to deal with the absurdity of life.
A collective – Each member of the artistic core is equally involved in the creative process: looking for or creating new texts, dramaturgy, developing and acting.
Brussels-based – Tristero is one of the few Dutch-speaking companies in Brussels. So we contribute to the diversity of what’s on offer in the capital. We have two substantial partners in Brussels: KVS and Kaaitheater. As a Brussels company we consider it important to build an audience in the French-speaking community and to interact with the French-speaking artistic scene (e.g. our collaboration with Transquinquennal and Énervé).
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