Stef Aerts

Stef Aerts is founder and member of FC Bergman, een theater-group from Belgium. FC Bergman was founded in 2008 by six actors / theatre-makers / artists: Stef Aerts, Joé Agemans, Thomas Verstraeten, Marie Vinck, Matteo Simoni and Bart Hollanders. Simoni and Hollanders have since left the core team and now work on an adhoc basis with FC Berman. The company quickly developed a theatrical language all of their own, which apart from being anarchistic and slightly chaotic, is essentially visual and poetic. In their shows the floundering, ever-striving human being has often taken centre stage.

In 2019 Aerts played in Freud directed by Ivo van Hove at ITA.

In season 22|23 his direction of The Magic Mountain will be reprised.

Over FC Bergman

In 2009 FC Bergman won the Young Theatre Prize at Theater Aan Zee with its adaptation of Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming. With Walking along the Champs-Elysées with a tortoise so as to have a better look at the world, but it is difficult to drink tea on an ice floe if everyone is drunk FC Bergman was short-listed for the Dutch Theatre Festival (2010). In 2011 FC Bergman created 300 el x 50 el x 30 el at Toneelhuis, a production still on the repertoire. Terminator Trilogy, created in 2012, was again a site specific work that toured internationally. Back in Toneelhuis (where FC Bergman is a collective in residence) they created an impressive music theatre project, Van den vos (December 2013), together with Liesa van der Aa, Muziektheater Transparant and Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop (DE).

In 2015 FC Bergman made a site-specific show Het land Nod (The Land Of Nod): “In this atmospheric, scriptless production FC Bergman measures up to the greats: the mystical naturalism of Romeo Castellucci, the disconsolate absurdism of Christoph Marthaler, and the dancing dynamics of Pina Bausch. And all that gives Het land Nod visual grandeur” – Wouter Hillaert in De Standaard ***, May 9th 2015. The show was invited to participate in 2016 in the Festival of Avignon (FR) and the Zürcher Theater Spektakel (CH). It remains on repertoire in the 2017-2018 season, just like 300 el x 50 el x 30 el, which is being reprised in the Bourla Theater in 2017.

In march 2018 JR premiered, another site-specific project, based on the eponymous cult novel by William Gaddis. NTGent and KVS are coproducing this project.

The members of FC Bergman are individually involved in various other theatre productions, TV projects and films or make productions, installations and videos under their own name.


Language NP Language no problem The Magic MountainITA–EnsembleTheater The Magic Mountain
Close The Magic Mountain ITA-ensemble / Stef Aerts, Marie Vinck (FC Bergman)
09 Feb '23 to 19 Feb '23
Young Hans Castorp goes to a sanatorium in Davos, Switzerland, to visit his cousin. He plans to spend 3 weeks with him there, but will end up staying for 7 years. He meets a collection of eccentric figures. Through these encounters he slowly acquires a layered image of contradicting views on life.