Miet Warlop

Conversation with Miet Warlop – Focus Next – Institut français (10′)

Miet Warlop (°1978) is a Belgian visual artist born in Torhout.

Miet Warlop holds a master degree in Multimedial Arts from KASK, Ghent. For her graduation project Huilend Hert, Aangeschoten Wild, an ‘inhabited installation consisting of six scenes and a crawling subject’, she won the Franciscus Pycke Jury Award and the residence prize for Young Theatre Work 2004.

Many other performances, actions and projects followed and in 2005 she premiered SPORTBAND / Afgetrainde Klanken a 40’ performance, 20 people racing against time through music and sports. In the context of Lovepangs (Vooruit, 2005) she created the one-on-one performance Cherish the Cherries. From January 2006 until November 2007 Warlop was one of the six artists of DE BANK (Arts Centre CAMPO, Ghent), where she was working on her series of ‘Propositions’, called Big Heap / Mountain. In between, she was responsible for the set design for performances by Pieter Genard, Raven Ruëll, DitoDito-Jef Lambrecht, KVS(Brussels), Arts Centre Vooruit (Ghent) and Les Ballets C de la B (Ghent).

While she was touring the ‘Propositions’ all over Europe, she realised Springville, a 50 min game of chaos, expectation and surprise, in which scenography, costumes, props and characters are closely interwoven and merged together. Springville premièred in May 2009 at Arts Centre BUD (Kortrijk).

Miet Warlop moved to Berlin for three years, to concentrate on her visual work and prepare a new piece called Mystery Magnet, which premiered at KunstenFestivalDesArts (Brussels) in May 2012. Mystery Magnet Won the Stuckemarkt Theatertreffen Prize at the Berliner Festspiele for new forms of theatre. Mystery Magnethas played more than 100 times all over the world and was nominated for Theatertreffen Berlin for finding a new way of making stage-arts. Mystery Magnet is still touring all over Europe and beyond.

In the course of 2012-2013 Miet Warlop explored different possibilities with her Nervous Pictures and performances, through projects and invitations, both in a visual arts as in a theatre context in/with Baltic Triennial (Vulnius), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Lisson Gallery (London). In November 2012, as part of her four-year associated artist residency at Beursschouwburg (Brussels), she created the opening event of the season with the Alligator Project: a weekend of combined media and performances by different artists and musicians like Reggie Watts and Michael Portnoy, curated by Miet Warlop.

In 2014 Miet Warlop started her own legal structure “Irene Wool”. In October 2014 the first production Dragging the Bone premiered at Beursschouwburg (Brussels). Dragging the Bone is a solo performance on a sculpted planet.

In 2015 Miet Warlop opened the festivities that celebrated the 50 years of Beursschouwburg (Brussels) with a Rocket Piece that took of to the grit. Also, Art Gallery Barbican (London) asked her for a performance in the project Station to Station, hosted by Doug Aitken.

While touring her solo Dragging the Bone and celebrating the 100th show of Mystery Magnet in Ghent, Porto and Bordeaux, she finished the year by opening her first solo exhibition project in KIOSK gallery (Ghent) titled Crumbling Down the Circle of my Iconoclasm.

In 2016 a new large scale stage work premiered – Fruits of Labor, a deep night music performance functioning as a painkiller for the world. Fruits of Labor premiered at KunstenFestivalDesArts (Brussels) in May 2016 and is up until now touring around the world.

In addition to her performance work for theatre venues, Miet Warlop has created an ever-growing cycle of visual art performances, interventions and live installations. 
Nervous Pictures has been presented in KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), Lisson Gallery (London), Barbican Art Gallery (London), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Performatik (Brussels), among others.

In 2017 she opens Arts Institute Vooruit (Ghent) with her monumental performance Amusement Park, and she was invited by BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels) within the context of the Yves Klein retrospective exhibition to re-envision and re-stage her seminal work, Mystery Magnet, as well as to create the opening performance of the exhibition, A horse, a man, a woman, a desire for adventure, and to present a visual art intervention, The Board, during the closing cermony of the Paul Bury exhibition.

Festival Actoral. 17 (Marseille) invited Miet Warlop to collaborate with author and curator Raimundas Malasauskas for “L’Objet des Mots”, which results in a new project Ghost Writer and the Broken Hand Break that premieres in september 2018 at NTGent (Ghent).

Beginning of 2018 Miet warlop creates Big Bears Cry Too, a show for all ages that premieres at hetpaleis (Antwerpen) in April 2018. Both performances are successfully touring since then. Together with Fruits of Labor and Mystery Magnet, no fewer than eighty-five performances were played in 2019 between Belgium and abroad: Switzerland, France, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Great Britain,
Spain, Singapore and Canada.

In 2020 Miet Warlop / Irene Wool starts a collaboration with Frans Brood Productions and this results in the programmation of many performances, nationally and internationally. However, since the outbreak of Covid-19, only a few of the planned shows could be performed; the remaining dates have been moved to 2021 and 2022.

During mandatory Covid-lockdown Miet Warlop / Irene Wool developed the idea to create an online platform. This is currently used for the online sitcom Slamming Doors, a project that functions as a public preparation for the performance Histoire(s) du Théâtre 4: Slamming Doors (NTGent, 2022). This online platform will grow into a lively database with archive material and a glimpse into the daily artist practice of Warlop. When visiting the web page, the viewer will see a randomly selected photo, song or piece that will never reappear after it has ended.

In autumn 2021, Miet Warlop was revisiting the twelve-year-old piece Springville under the new title After All Springville. Warlop commemorates her much-loved piece in a new era and repositions the work within her oeuvre. The revival mixes an existing show (Springville) and an installation (Amusement Park) into a new work which premiered on the fifteenth anniversary of kc BUDA in September 2021.

During the fourth part of “Histoire(s) du Théâtre” in July 2022, ONE SONG premiered at the Festival d’Avignon. The New York Times named it the best piece of 2022, and it will tour globally through 2025. ONE SONG was created to help people share and connect with each other from the depths of their inner world. Warlop will launch her new production Delirium in December 2023.


Date Group Production Location Organizer
09-01-2024 - 10-01-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Grenoble (FR) MC2 Grenoble


13-01-2024 - 14-01-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Neuchâtel (CH) Théâtre du Passage


19-01-2024 - 20-01-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Porto (PT) Teatro Municipal do Porto


25-01-2024 - 26-01-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Cergy-Pontoise (FR) Points Communs – Nouvelle Scène


31-01-2024 - 01-02-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Gent (BE) NTGent


02-02-2024 - 03-02-2024 Miet Warlop After All Springville Pont-Audemer (FR)

Théâtre L’éclat

08-02-2024 - 08-02-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Aalst (BE) CC De Werf


10-02-2024 - 10-02-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Genk (BE) C-Mine


15-02-2024 - 16-02-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Liège (BE) Théâtre de Liège


24-02-2024 - 25-02-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Athens (GR) Onassis Cultural Center


05-03-2024 - 06-03-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Helsinki (FI) Espoo City Theatre


19-03-2024 - 20-03-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Nantes (FR) Le Lieu Unique


27-03-2024 - 29-03-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Bordeaux (FR) T.n.B.A. – Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine


05-04-2024 - 06-04-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Charleroi (BE) Palais des Beaux-Arts


11-04-2024 - 12-04-2024 Miet Warlop After All Springville Nice (FR) Théâtre National de Nice


25-04-2024 - 26-04-2024 Miet Warlop After All Springville Szczecin (PL) KONTRAPUNKT Festival
03-05-2024 - 04-05-2024 Miet Warlop After All Springville Munster (DE) Theater Im Pumpenhaus
04-05-2024 - 04-05-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Brugge (BE) CC Brugge


11-05-2024 - 12-05-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Leeuwarden (NL) Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie


21-05-2024 - 22-05-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Ljubljana (SI) Cankarjev Dom


28-05-2024 - 29-05-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Napoli (IT) Teatro Bellini di Napoli


31-05-2024 - 02-06-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Napoli (IT) Teatro Bellini di Napoli


14-06-2024 - 16-06-2024 Miet Warlop ONE SONG: Histoire(s) du Théâtre IV Melbourne (AU) Rising Festival