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Brecht Hermans

Brecht Hermans performed in the Babel-productions Ont-heemd en Het gedroomde cafe. Together with visual artist Hans Bossmann, he set up the project Zelfportretten van Delfshaven in which Hans, Brecht and various actors of Babel made a tour through Delfshaven, visiting meeting places with XXL furniture and an invitation for visitors and inhabitants to draw on the furniture and share stories while doing so. Next to that, Brecht is responsible for writing texts for the Babel newsletters, website and Facebook page.

 

You can contact him via brecht@theaterbabelrotterdam.nl and have a look at his personal website: www.brechthermans.be.

 

What’s your name?
Brecht

 

Where were you born?
Hasselt (België)

 

What’s your profession?

Actor, theatre maker, writer, musician. And I help other artists with their administration.

 

Since when?

I graduated in 2010, but I wrote and directed my first theatre show in 2006.

 

What do you like most about your profession?
That I get to work with so many interesting and nice people, and that we make beautiful things together.

 

What is your hobby?
Playing the piano, going to the movies and swimming.

 

What characteristic do you value in another human being?
Empathy.

 

Which person do you admire?
My grandmother.

 

What is your most prominent characteristic?
Cheerful and friendly.

 

What is your most precious possession?
The teddy bear my parents gave me just after I was born.

 

What do you want to tell the world?

Open yourself up to the stories of others. Meeting someone new is a bit scary. But it’s the best way to grow as a person. Be kind to each other.

 

What do you want to learn?

How to keep bees. And how to relax my mind. (Maybe by keeping bees!)

 

What do you like most about your appearance?

My underarms.

 

For what can we wake you up at night?

Tiramisu. Or when the house is on fire. Otherwise you better let me sleep.

 

What is your most precious possession?

The teddybear that I got from my father when I was born.

 

What’s your most beautiful memory?

One of my most beautiful memories is when I had just graduated and we were performing a show at the festival Theater Aan Zee in Oostende. We were there for ten days, with three performers and the three of us were also very good friends. We had our own apartment to sleep in, close to the beach. We could just take off our clothes and dive into the sea. I had graduated and was ready for the real life. I had the feeling I was standing at the beginning of a life full of fun adventures. And in a way, it did turn out that way. Although life is not always fun of course.

 

What’s your saddest memory?

When things were not going well with my mother. My father and I brought her to the hospital by car, and she got out. To see her walk away alone, and to realize I couldn’t do anything to help her. That was tough. My father and I sat in the car for a while, in silence. We didn’t have any words to comfort each other.

 

What was the last thing that made you cry?

I cry from time to time when I’m watching movies on television. Especially in scenes where the worst is over and hope returns, that moves me the most. The other day I was watching Frozen II and I had to cry a little out of sadness when the snowman Olaf died, but I cried even more when he was alive again.

 

Who would you like to have dinner with?
I would reeeeaaaallllyyyy like to have dinner with Madonna. And then I hope she puts down the persona of Madonna during the conversation, so that’s really a talk from human to human. We don’t even have to talk: we can just sit face to face and enjoy the food.