Shaking the Audience Awake. Johan Simons’ Personal Style and Mission
(Marleen Brock) THE LOW COUNTRIES - 2016, № 24, PP. 307-308
‘I could wallpaper my whole house twice over, once with positive reviews and once with negative ones’, said the Dutch theatre director Johan Simons (born in 1946) in 2014 in a passionate plea for subsidised arts. Simon’s social and political engagement is obvious from his work. In 2015 he returned to NTGent. As a consummate multitasker, Simons continues to achieve his ambitions in Germany, as well, as the artistic director of the Ruhrtriënnale and of the Schauspielhaus Bochum. As of 2017, he will do so again in the Netherlands.