Jacques van Poppel

Works with Live Art Danmark
2015 Duo performance “JVP & HVP” with Henrik Vestergaard, group performance with Black Market International at Kulstof 15

The collaborative performance “JVP & HVP” brought together performance art heavyweights Jaques van Poppel and Henrik Vestergaard, Live Art Danmark organizer. Starting with a conversation through Google translate and the misunderstandings it produced, the performers let themselves be lead through a series of absurd situations.


Black Market International
Jaques also performed with the legendary performance association Black Market International. A movie about the festival with long excerpts from this exceptional group performance and statements from the performers can be seen here.

About the Artist
Jacques van Poppel started his career as a performer in music. He played electric violin in different (mainly experimental) music-groups such as “Electric Paranoid Era”, “Lazarus” and “Blue Sound”. In 1974 “Blue Sound” was awarded a price at the festival “Jazz Bilzen”.


In his performances since 1981, Van Poppel creates a radical narrative based on working with ordinary objects and related to his “street-wise” personal life and individuality. He invents a situation, which breaks preconceived assumptions of art, and welcomes intimacy with the audience. Some unexpected things he would do include putting up a tent in a gallery space or distribute cans of beer or offer packets of tidbits to the audience as he worked with other objects like toys, clothes and household appliances. He uses these objects in original ways and creates a collage of imaginative interpretation and actions.

Van Poppel often collaborates with other artists and is a member of Black Market International since 1986. With German artist Boris Nieslony he forms “Traum-Duo in der Auszeit”. Dutch trombone-player Wolter Wierbos is another regular partner in his performances.

Occasionally he works as a guest-teacher on art schools and universities, doing workshops with young art-students.

We can find no webpage by or about Jaques on the Internet.

Om liveart_dk

Liveart.dk was founded in 2004 in Copenhagen to promote the discussion, documentation and development of live art in Denmark. The organisation is equally inspired by the imaginative and entertaining English Live Art tradition as by the theoretical and political German theatre tradition. We have organised 10 large international festivals of Live Art for kids and adults since 2004, and over 40 discussion events, books, video series, symposia and more in the field of live art, performance art, art criticism and documentation. We collaborate with theatres, music venues, art museums and festivals in Denmark and internationally.