Mart van Berckel
Laurien Riha

Mart van Berckel


Mart van Berckel studied piano, music theatre and directing at ArtEZ University of the Arts (Arnhem) and the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Zurich). In recent years, he has directed performances at De Nieuwe Oost, KASKO, Theater Sonnevanck, Noord Nederlands Toneel and Club Guy & Roni, among others. At Dutch National Opera, he worked as a director’s assistant for Lotte de Beer and Robert Wilson and now he is making his own directorial debut with Ändere die Welt!

Mart's work is visual, poetic and boundlessly imaginative. He digs deep into the canon of visual art, film, classical music and literature, and plays with these sources of inspiration in his own idiosyncratic and associative way in theatrical collages and sensory theatrical experiences. Mart directs a wide range of genres and disciplines, from visual theatre to opera, youth music theatre and dance performance. Since 2021, he has been affiliated with NITE: National Interdisciplinary Theater Ensemble (Noord Nederlands Toneel/Club Guy & Roni) in Groningen.

In the 2022/23 season, he created the dance performance My First Tragedy: Iphigeneia with Noord Nederlands Toneel and made his debut with the Staatsoper Hamburg with the world premiere of the opera Silvesternacht.