Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe / Toneelhuis

Ode to a Love Lost

Ode to a Love Lost
Ode to a Love Lost


Ode to a Love Lost is set in the crater of a heart. The starting point of this performance is a personal love story by Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe. He made The Ballet in 2018 together with his then lover and muse. This mythologised relationship to this day inspires Meirhaeghe. Think of love stories between Diaghilev and Nijinsky, Wilde and Boosie, Warhol and Basquiat and all the passionate but unrequited loves that have not survived the struggle of aesthetics.

In Ode to a Lost Love , Meirhaeghe is on stage as a dancer and enters into an intimate artistic dialogue with a number of young choreographers. The focus is on his own body, influenced by Western standards and beauty ideals from art and advertising. Driven by a lost love, he literally moves towards liberation. All this with live music from Berlin singer/songwriter Finn Ronsdorf.

• Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe is creating a furore as a director, contra tenor and performer with his uncompromising hybrid performances that bring together performance, costumes, personality and many musical styles. He recently became one of Toneelhuis' regular creators. With Ode to a Lost Love, we welcome Meirheaghe for the first time on the Kaaitheater programme - this year as part of the PeriferiK collaboration.

presented by PeriferiK / CC De Factorij, CC Strombeek, Westrand & Kaaitheater

concept, direction & performance Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe | performers Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe, Finn Ronsdorf, Jelle Haen, Désirée Cerocién | dramaturgy Louise van den Eede, Kopano Maroga | scenography & light design Bart van Merode, Zaza Dupont  | choreography coaching Hanako Hayakawa, Sophie Rodriguez | voice coaching Wouter Deltour | body coaching Sten Dielen | sound design Laurens Mariën | video Charles Dhondt | image Anton Fayle | productie Toneelhuis