About us

LOD muziektheater is a Ghent production company for opera and musical theatre, a creative base for performing artists. 

It undertakes to map out long-term trajectories; with such composers as Kris Defoort, Daan Janssens, Dominique Pauwels and Thomas Smetryns, and with the directors Josse De Pauw, Atelier Bildraum, Inne Goris en Fabrice Murgia (for his music theatre productions). In addition, we remain open to those who – always surprisingly, but never by chance – cross our artistic path. Our company is intended to be an overarching platform for these artists, and is meant to offer them the resources to develop their ideas.

It is now more than 25 years since we started creating productions that often turn out to set trends for the contemporary opera and musical theatre scene. The Woman who Walked into Doors and House of the Sleeping Beauties (Kris Defoort, Guy Cassiers), The Heroes (Josse De Pauw & Dominique Pauwels) and Mankind (Josse De Pauw & Arnon Grunberg & Kris Defoort & Claron McFadden), Without Blood (Inne Goris & Dominique Pauwels), Ghost Road (Dominique Pauwels & Fabrice Murgia), An Old Monk (Josse De Pauw & Kris Defoort) are just a few of the productions that embody our breadth of view. The results of these artistic joint ventures are not easy to categorise, and make a lasting impression.

LOD focuses resolutely on what is to come, among other things through our commitment to young talent. We are working on the future of musical theatre through the European Network of Opera Academies (enoa), which provides high-quality workshops for young performing artists and opportunities for lasting exchanges between international opera houses. At the end of the summer we open up our rehearsal rooms to up-and-coming young talent during the Bijloke Summer Academy. In collaboration with our neighbours at the Bijloke (KASK & Conservatory, Muziekcentrum De Bijloke and SPECTRA) we select several performing artists who for a month will follow intensive rehearsal periods and workshops on the Bijloke site under the guidance of experienced coaches. 

It all started in Ghent, a long time ago, with Lunch Op Donderdag (Lunch On Thursday). With a passion for musical theatre. And international collaboration has been one of the foundations of our work since the beginning too.

LOD muziektheater, an international production company and place of creation – a view of the world. Ghent-Made.



images (c) Jonathan De Maeyer

Our location

Since 2008 LOD has been based at the former ‘Maternity’ wing on the Bijloke site. 

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Sustainibility & solidarity

As an artists’ centre, LOD is committed to sustainable and solidarity-based artistic practice

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