After finishing his teacher training (2010, Artevelde Hogeschool) Jasper Delbecke (°1988) studied Theatre and Performance Studies at Ghent University and Freie Universität Berlin. In 2014 he graduated as Master in Art Science: Theatre and Performance Studies (Ghent University).
In his masterthesis (Memories can wait: een geschiedfilosofisch onderzoek naar de hedendaagse herinneringsmechanismen in relatie tot het huidige podiumkunstenlandschap en een aanzet tot een herinneren als emancipatorisch denken, promotor: prof. Dr. Christel Stalpaert/co-promotor: Dr. Frederik Le Roy) Delbecke explored our ambiguous and paradoxical attitude towards the past and future. Since February 2015 he is an affiliated researcher at S:PAM. Between 2015 and 2017, Delbecke's reserarch focused on political and activist theatre, in relation to the philosphy of Alain Badiou. In 2016 he assisted Sarma (Laboratory for discursive practices and expanded publication) and Kaaitheater on the anthologie of dramaturge Marianne Van Kerkhoven.
In combination to his practice as researcher, Delbecke is dramaturge and collaborated with Martin Schick (CH), Benjamin Vandewalle, Nick Steur, Rita Hoofwijk, TAAT Johannes Bellinkx and theatrecompany Action Zoo Humain. Between 2016 and 2018 he embed his dramaturgical practice within the structure and organisation of workspacebrussels and SoAP Maastricht.
In 2017, Delbecke conducted a new research entitled The essay following the new documentary turn in performing arts: Tracing the essay in contemporary theatre and performance practices. The doctoral research explores how the form and the discourse of the essay appears within the field of contemporary performing arts. In june 2018, Delbecke's doctoral reserach was granted the PhD Fellowship of the Flemish Research Foundation (FW0).
2018-2019: Theoretical masterseminar at HoGent/KASK School of Arts. Tracing the Essay in contemporary theatre and performance practices
2019-2020: Research Seminar: Performance Theory (Ghent University)
Jasper Delbecke is one of the initiators for the international conference From the scenic essay to the essay-exhibition. Expanding the essay form in the arts after literature and film. (27 - 29 April 2022), co-organized with research centre S:PAM - Studies in Performing Arts and Media (Ghent University) and KASK & Conservatorium (HOGENT – Howest).