Gorges Ocloo wins Ultima Award for 'Emerging Talent'!

Theatre maker and LOD-director Gorges Ocloo takes home the prize for 'Emerging Talent' at the Ultimas Awards. The title in this new category stands as recognition of a unique artistic path, including the successful performances Moby Dick, at last Queequeg speaks and The Butcher, the angel did not come which he made at LOD. And he has only just begun. Congratulations Gorges! 

As a multidisciplinary artist, his trajectory is diverse, ranging from modern dance, performance arts, community arts, visual arts and scenography to composing music for theatre and dance. This versatility also shows in the many collaborations with makers and theatre houses. Thus, besides being a house artist with LOD muziektheater, he is also part of the artistic core of Toneelhuis and Beeldsmederij DE MAAN.

With performances as Scarlet Anansie Ocloo, Oeps (Theater Antigone), Futur Simple (DE MAAN), Europa in de herfst / Europe in the fall (Theater Malpertuis) and Wat is de Wat (hetpaleis/Simon De Vos), Gorges Ocloo quickly made his mark on the Flemish theatre landscape.  


The jury of the Ultimas on their choice for Gorges Ocloo: 

"The fearlessness with which Ocloo manifests himself in various disciplines and roles is enormously refreshing. A visit to one of his performances is never without commitment."


Artist in residence at LOD

Since the 2019-2020 season, Ocloo has been house artist in residence at LOD muziektheater. His adaptation of Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick, at last Queequeg speaks speaks received much praise from the public and the press. After that first collaboration with Josse De Pauw, the two LOD resident artists wrote The Butcher, the angel did not come, in which they are also on stage together. The show will continue to tour in Belgium and abroad this season.

Ocloo is currently working on his third LOD production, The Golden Stool, or the story of Nana Yaa Asantewaa. For this AfrOpera, the theatre maker returns to his roots in Ghana. The co-production of LOD and Toneelhuis will premiere in the 2022-2023 season.  

Josse De Pauw wrote a letter to his good friend and Ultima winner in Knack Focus.