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Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to Jan Lauwers

Jan Lauwers is an artist who has made theatre one of the highest forms of expression and who, since the very beginning with the foundation of Needcompany, has created productions in which words, movement, music and the plastic arts all merge together, developing a personal language that has been acknowledged by the most important festivals in the world today.
Jan Lauwers is most certainly the twenty-first century artist who comes closest to Wagner’s definition of Gesamtkunstwerk (the total work of art). He is consequently one of the finest embodiments of the fusion of Dionysian and Apollonian within a single perfect body.