°1977, Geneva, Switzerland, lives and works in Brussels.
Christophe Meierhans was trained as a composer at the Amsterdam Conservatory and at the University of the Arts in Berlin, before he rapidly drifted towards performance and theatre. His first productions — realised mostly with the C&H collective from 2002 until 2011 — were essentially dedicated to a deconstructing and reconstructing of the basic social mechanisms which turn a person into a spectator (Bühnenstück, 2005, Konspiration, 2006). The collective then turned towards a practice of interventions in the public domain with Postcards from the Future, which was developed between 2007 and 2011 in different cities (Geneva – Points d’Impact festival, Leuven – Playground festival, and Metz – Centre Pompidou) and culminated in 2010-2011 with a series of performances involving 9 different populations of the city of Brussels.
Since 2013, Christophe develops an politically engaged and often participatory theatre, either on his own, as with the constitutional rewriting project Some use for your broken clay pots or the anarchist cooking show Verein zur Aufhebung des Notwendigen – a hundred wars to world peace, or in collaboration with other artists such as Luigi Coppola, with Fondo Speculativo di Provvidenza, a monetary dispositive aiming at turning a festival audience into a political community, or Ant Hampton, with THE THING an entirely automated 16 hour workshop-performance. His latest creation, Trials of Money, turns the theatre into a court of justice prosecuting semi-humans.
Since 2019, Christophe Meierhans has put his artistic practice in service of the ecological cause of the civil disobedience movement Extinction Rebellion. Christophe Meierhans is artist-in-residence at the Kaaitheater in Brussels for the 2017-2022 period and was associated artist to the Nouveau Theatre de Montreuil, Paris, from 2015 until 2017.
“An Ambivalent Process”, Lieze Roels on Trials of Money in Etcetera (29.04.2018, EN translated from NL)
“The Splendour of Change”, Wouter Hillaert on Some use for your broken clay pots in De Standaard (28.02.2014, EN translated from NL)