Since 2003 do I work
regularly international as teacher, theatre director or facilitator with
drama and puppetry. I visit yearly Badungduppa and the Kattaikkuttu
Gurukulam in India, where authentic music theatre is taught, to advice
Soul Tree, Assam, India2011
Research Project about the relation between Theatre and Nature
From 17-28 augustus 2011 do I work with director Sukra Rabha and actors of theatregroup Badungduppa Assam,India
For the first time are they exploring their own dense green jungle as theatrespace. They climbe the trees, sing and improvise. Down into earth holes with mud body's, becoming united with rocks. We create puppets from leaves, sticks and seads. This workshop is about exploring natural materials and spaces. But also about inner communication with nature and the inspiration nature can give.
STONESOUP National School of Drama Bangalore, India
In July and August 2011 did I
directed a childrens-play with 20 student in Theatre and Education of the
National School of Drama, Bangalore Chapter
The audience is witness of the
rehearsals of the play Stonesoup. Three travellers make soup with a
magic stone. the rehearsal get disturbed by the daughter of the director
and an other theatregroup with puppetry, juggling, magic and Faceless
Wonder, a woman without a head. Comedy and filosophy. How far are the
stars? Who am I? What is responsability?
COMPARSA, HONDURAS, 2010
Together with Monique Riphagen and Roderik Sommerdijk and young artists of Arte Accion do we design and build puppets, masks and objects for a parade (Comparsa) in Tegucigalpa, capital of Honduras. The streets of this big city are unsafe because of political problems and terrorism. Theatre Embassy did send us to Latin America to bring happiness and hope to young people through theatre and art. ( www.theatre-embassy.org)
POWER OF PUPPETRY, ASSAM. INDIA
2008/2009 Theatre Embassy
I did work with young actors of different tribes and states in North East India to train them in puppetry, acting and arts to raise their voice. Our host in Assam is the theatre group Badungduppa (www.badungduppa.org) in the small village Rampur. The villagers live in fear and insecurity due to the political situation in this region. The desire for peace and development was the theme of the final performance of this project, the performance ‘Bijuli’.
‘ Bijuli’ is a wonderful work of theatre. Very imaginative, powerful and
evocative. It was so moving to see those young actors from the
North-East. They performed with such passion, commitment and power. You
deserve our gratitude for having enabled them to do so. And I learned
and relearned things about the theatre, as I was seeing the performance.
‘ Bijuli’ reaffirmed my faith in the power of theatre and renewed it.
RANGAKISHORA, MYSORE, Karnataka
2005 Kattaikkuttu Sangam, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu