The story of Goua Robert Grovogui’s (born in 1987 in West Africa) acting starts in the spring of 2004: at only seventeen, he participates in an audition of the American theatre director Peter Sellars (Los Angeles), organized by the international art centre deSingel in Antwerp. Together with fifteen other young refugees, he plays a walk-on in The Children of Herakles, a contemporary translation of the Greek tragedy by Euripides about democracy and right of asylum. As a result of this experience, a tight friendship has arisen between Goua and Myriam De Clopper, the programme planner of performing arts at deSingel. In the following years, she would accompany him in his search for a decent place in society: following a training, having a job. Throughout the many encounters and professional experiences along the past ten years, his CV shows an impressing number of achievements: actor, chef, manager, teacher and holder of several medals in martial arts, with a specialty in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Theater and movie experiences
Goua Robert Grovogui has followed a training program with Mia Grijp, has been an extra in theatre, dance and opera productions, respectively by Romeo Castellucci (Cesena), Philippe Decouflé (Paris), Ivo van Hove (Antwerp/Amsterdam), played an important part in the opera Die Entführing aus dem Serail (The abduction from the seraglio) directed by Johan Simons for Muziektheater Amsterdam, as well as in various productions of the French theater director Jean Michel Bruyère (Marseille) at the Festival of Avignon. Goua Robert Grovogui has played one the leading parts in the film Wederopstanding van een klootzak by Guido Van Driel that opened the Rotterdam Film Festival in January 2013 and in the TV film Exit by Boris Paval Conen that won the Golden Calf, the Dutch award, for best TV drama of 2013.

Peter Jan Van Mieghem
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