Viviane De Muynck (1946) studied drama at the Brussels Conservatoire. She was a student with Jan Decorte. From 1980 she was a member of the theatre collective Mannen van den Dam. In 1987 she was awarded the Theo d'Or for her interpretation of Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? directed by Sam Bogaerts with the company De Witte Kraai. Later she joined the company Maatschappij Discordia.

In the beginning of the 1990's she met Jan Lauwers, artistic director of Needcompany, which was the beginning of an interesting itinerary. Since the opera Orfeo (1993) by Walter Hus and Jan Lauwers, she often played with Needcompany in Lauwers' productions, including The Snakesong Trilogy (Le Pouvoir, Le Désir and the integral version), Macbeth (1996), Caligula (1997), Morning Song (1999), DeaDDogsDon’tDance/DJamesDJoyceDeaD (2000), Goldfish Game (2002), No Comment (2003), De kamer van Isabella (Isabella's Room - 2004), Alles is ijdelheid (Everything is Vanity - 2006), Het Hertenhuis (The Deer House - 2008) en De kunst der vermakelijkheid (The Art of Entertainment - 2011).

She performed with Toneelgroep Amsterdam, the Nationaal Toneel of The Hague and the Zuidelijk Toneel. She was in two productions of Kaaitheater: in 1994 in Pijl van de Tijd (Time's Arrow, Martin Amis) directed by Guy Cassiers and in 1995 she played the part of Odysseus in Philoktetes Variations (Mueller, Gide, Jesureen) by Jan Ritsema, with Dirk Roofthooft and Ron Vawter. She guest starred in several productions of the Wooster Group (New York), including O'Neill's The Hairy Ape. She toured with Relazione Pubblica, a choreography by Caterina and Carlotta Sagna. In 2007 he played the lead in Ein Fest für Boris, a creation for the Salzburger Festspiele. She collaborated with the Schönberg Ensemble, Zeitklang, Spectra Ensemble and Neue Musik Berlin.

In 2004 she participated in Men in Tribulation by Erik Sleichim and the Bl!ndman Saxophone Quartet.

Viviane De Muynck's work as a director include a creation of Die Vagina Monologe for the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg (2000) and an adaptation of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying (2003).

In 2006 she received the Award of the Flemish Community in the category stage art.

Viviane De Muynck appears regularly on the big and small screen. She was in Vinaya, a film by Peter van Kraaij and Josse De Pauw, in De Avonden (The Evenings), directed by R. Van den Berg, in Vincent and Theo, directed by Robert Altman and in The Crossing, directed by Nora Hoppe. At the Utrecht Film Festival she was nominated for a Gouden Kalf on two occasions: for her part in De Avonden and for the television drama Duister Licht (Dark light) by Martin Koolhoven. In 2005 she appeared in Fien Troch's first feature film Een ander zijn geluk (Someone Else's Happiness) and in Geoffrey Enthoven's Vidange Perdue (2006), followed by a part in the feature film Vreemd Bloed (Strange Blood - 2010) by Maria Goos and Mark Timmers and a remarkable part in the awarded tv-series Oud België (Old Belgium, 2010). In 2013, she appeared in Met man en macht (With Might and Main).

In 2013-2014 she will tour with the Toneelhuis production Van den Vos (FC Bergman).




On film

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