Jacques van Poppel

Jacques van Poppel started his career as a performer in music. He was playing electric violin in different (mainly experimental) music-groups such as “Electric Paranoid Era”, “Lazarus” and “Blue Sound”. In 1974 “Blue Sound” was  winner of “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 welcome an 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 an original way 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”. Also Dutch trombone-player Wolter Wierbos is a regular partner in his performances.

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

At Kulstof 15 he performed “JVP & HVP” with Henrik Vestergaard

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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.