Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe (b. 1995) is a contra tenor, performer and director of operatic and visual productions. He interweaves elements from opera with pop, electronics, ballet and performance, and sees theatre as an echo chamber in which old and new forms exist interchangeably. “I'm conducting a conversation between the past and the present, rather than coming here to burn the place down.” Benjamin is not interested in presenting a clash of styles, but in ‘connecting’: his work builds bridges between genres, art movements, artists and audiences.
Benjamin’s work surprises with radical scenographies and highly diverse casts. He entices dancers to sing and singers to dance – thus questioning notions like musical perfection and virtuosity in one fell swoop. All of this results in deeply sensitive, overwhelming shows with the power of rituals that resonate with today's world.