De Man in Europe

A theatrical lecture performance about the upcoming generation of visionaries in Europe. In this production, Lucas uses fragments of his interviews to show the audience the most important insights and issues of the younger generation of Europeans that he met at his journey.

In dialogue with creators

For In Search of Europe, Lucas went looking for Europe’s generation of today. Who are these visionaries? How do they perceive our era and society? What’s their stance on present hot issues like new democracy, (the enclosure of) the commons and Europe? How do they imagine change? And, more importantly, what do they do about it?

On his journey, Lucas interviewed more than 20 creators (creative professionals) that try to shape the society they live in. Remarkably, there’s an upcoming generation in Europe that is ready to fight for change. Inspired by this journey, Lucas produced a theatrical travelogue De Man in Europe.

In this lecture performance, Lucas De Man places Europe’s present era of transition in the face of its previous decisive breakpoint in history: the turn from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. At that time, a new generation of visionaries like Erasmus, Thomas More and Luther rose in merely 70 years and with their ideas, they laid the foundation for the Europe we know today. How is that happening now?


Practical information

The performance lasts 90 minutes and is suitable for different audiences, such as students. The lecture performance can be played in theaters, auditories and conference rooms. De Man in Europe can be performed in both Dutch and English.


The lecture performance is booked on several locations the coming year. In the calendars of Stichting Nieuwe Helden and Het Zuidelijk Toneel you will find the date, location and, if possible, a link to the ticketservice.



concept, director and performance Lucas De Man
video montage and director Ruut van der Beele
camera Ton Vorselaars en Pepijn Robben
dramaturgy, project leader Kimberly Major
journalism support Tomas Vanheste
management assistance Tom Dijkstra
with the participation of Matthijs Rümke, Hans Trapman, Jonas Staal, Jan van der Stock, Simon Allemeersch, Lieven de Cauter, Michal Targowski, Slawomir Sierakowski, Miasto Jest Nasze, Giorgio de Finis, Niccolo Capponi, mmmm…, El Campo de Cebada, Christian Utpatel, Social Muscle Club and many other scientists, artist and visionairs from the Netherland, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Spain, Italy, Turkey and Greece.