With First Geert Belpaeme composes a prelude with movement. For this performance he takes his inspiration from Tik Tak (an iconic Belgian tv program for todlers), geometry en the essay ‘The first man was an artist’ by expressionist Barnett Newman. That mix yields the leitmotiv that puts everything into motion: The desire to be a line.

First starts off from the idea that we, human beings, are ourselves the creators of the reality we live in. First is a pamphlet, an ode to beginning, danced by the first man, for the last man: ‘I still feel we are in a prelude of history. Or again at the prelude. What matters is the beginning. What matters is to constantly begin.’

Premiere: 20 & 21/12/2017 – Vooruit (Ghent)

Geert Belpaeme

1984 BE
Geert Belpaeme is theatre maker and performer. In 2010, he graduated at the Drama department of KASK School of Arts in Ghent, where he is an associated teacher and researcher. Together with Mats Van Herreweghe, he set up the theatre company l'hommmm, which creates performances on the fine line between theatre and dance. Belpaeme also created the collective de polen, with Bosse Provoost, Kobe Chielens and Lieselotte De Keyzer. He works as a coach for Alexander Van Tournhout and circus Katoen.


Concept & creation: Mats Van Herreweghe & Geert BelpaemePlayed by: Geert Belpaeme, Heleen Van Haegenborgh (piano)Scenography: Bosse Provoost, Ezra VeldhuisLight: Geert VanoorléProduction: l’hommmmSupported by: KASK School of Arts, Vooruit, Pact Zollverein, wpZimmer & KAAPMade possible by: the Roel Verniers Prijs 2016 (het TheaterFestival, t-heater & Circuit X)