We encounter so many inspiring makers and performers, each one of them so rich in their work, so specific in their approach to a creation, so different from each other.
And we are curious about them.
For that we ask several artists to let us enter their “kitchen” and have a look at their universes, at what inspires them and to their creative process.
The next Mime Kitchen#5 will be with ROTOR!
Mime kitchen #4
18th February 2021
Francesca Lazzeri ( 1991 ) graduated in 2016 in visual and physical performing arts at the Amsterdam University of Arts (Mime Education).
Since her graduation she’s been actively working as a theatre maker, dramaturg, adviser/mentor at the mime education and as a physical performer. Between 2015 and 2019 she has been making performances inside the performance collective Wild Vlees. Afterwards she continued creating work under her own name.
Francesca distinguishes herself for her uncompromising, outspoken and direct signature. Her work is highly visual and often physically demanding. Her performances address the visitors in their intimate and personal space, questioning and problematising how we live with one another in western European countries. The work of Francesca searches for a dialogue with different contexts both within the Netherlands and abroad.
As a performer her starting point is movement, performed with transparency and directness.
Francesca is and has been creating work thanks to the support of partners Theaterfestival Boulevard, Festival Cement, Frascati Productie, SPRING Festival, Het Huis Utrecht, Schweigman&, Workspacebrussels, Theater Rotterdam and PLAN talentontwikkeling Brabant, Fonds Podiumkunsten (Nieuwe makers regeling 2017-19).
Previous works When everything is human, the human is an entirely different thing (nominated in 2016 for the BNG New Theatermaker prize), and An incomplete life (2017), both made with Tamar Blom, have been touring in the Netherlands and abroad. Individual creations are Everything must be interpreted as intensity (2017) and Dear friend, wolves have always eaten sheep (2018), both made with the support of Frascati Productie.
Her last performance installation my shadow used to have a density (august 2020) was created in co-production with Theaterfestival Boulevard, Schweigman&, with the support of PLAN Talentontwikkeling Brabant, Fonds Podiumkunsten (Nieuwe Makers regeling), in collaboration with SPRING Festival, Festival Cement, Workspacebrussels, Kunstencentrum de Vooruit.
In 2018 Wild Vlees was nominated for the audience prize of brabant cultuur.
Mime kitchen #3
Jochem Stuivenuiter and Paul van der Laan/BAMBIE
25th February 2021
Mime kitchen #2
7th January 2021
Co-founder and artistic director of mime theater group Bambie. In addition to Bambie, he played and made with: Orkater, Alex D’electrique, Ro theater and the Amsterdamse bostheater. He was resident actor / maker at the Noord Nederlands Toneel between 2013 and 2016.
Paul van der Laan:
At the Mimeschool I have founded, together with classmate Jochem Stavenuiter, Theatergroep Bambie (May 1996).
From the beginning we numbered our performances; in 2013 was the last one, Bambie 17, which premiered in Frascati Theater, Amsterdam. On five school performances, four were subsidized ad hoc and eight Arts Plan productions came to an end.
In the years that followed, I directed regularly: in 2013 that included 'Once upon a time in het veen', a large location performance that took place in about fifteen locations in Drenthe. The location theater Peergroup was the initiator.
In 2014 I made the Oerol performance 'Stel je bent een rij' with TGEcho.
In 2015 I wrote for Peergroup the text for the performance "Vogelvluchť, which premiered in July that year. “Nu is over", a performance that I developed with The Dutch Vinex Wonderboys, was made in that same year.
In early 2016 I worked with V Berlin on 'Ooit', a music theater performance about two music-making sisters whose fame is waning with sickness and old age. Next to that I coached theater school students in directing, making and performing their own performances. I have between others coached Femke Aernouts (graduated in 2017 from AHK) and Tjebbe Roelofs (who works for Theater Artemis, among others) in creating their solos.
At Oerol 2016 I played in 'Total Eclipse of the heart' by Theatergroep Kassys, a fully sung performance by four men who no longer can keep their emotions for themselves. In the same year I was also seen in the 8+ show 'If you run fast enough, nobody knows where you are anymore', by Theatergroep Artemis.
Since October 2016, I have been Wil Wijzer in 'Help de music is searches', a performance in the Rijksmuseum for 4+ in the eighteenth century department.
After a few years of silence, Bambie is back with two projects, Bambie Nul and Bambie is Back. The latter concluded his theater tour on April 5, 2018 in Frascati in Amsterdam and on Terschelling during Oerol we played an open-air version of this performance.
Bambie Nul experienced his journey through the small and middle halls of the Dutch theaters in season '18 -'19.
In September 2018 I also played in 'Victorie', a performance about the liberation of Alkmaar, I directed the theater group Isla Bonita with Frascati, continued my work at the Rijksmuseum and I played for Maas Theater en Dans in Rotterdam, with Daniëlle van de Ven I made the youth performance 'Stilte’.
I also made a solo about the period that I had a psychosis. It premiered on May 15, 2019 in Frascati, Amsterdam. A tour will follow in season '20 -21.
In June/July 2019 I played in a theatre adaptation of
the film The Polish Bride. This location performance was
a co-production of tgECHO and NNT and will have a revival in August / September 2020.
Season '19-’20 has seen the performance ‘Stilte’ touring along Rotterdam schools, a new performance by Bambie about anger and a location performance in collaboration with Het Houten Huis.
The past two months I have been working with Lotte Dunselman (with whom I worked on the Polish Bride) on a new performance: “Ik kan mij niet missen”, a performance in which we try to get closer to our own death. This production would premiere on February 25th, but due to the covid measures it is being postponed.
In addition, we are waiting with Bambie for the moment to be able to play "Bambie 20, de woedende versie“. This performance is said to have already premiered ...
Willemijn Zevenhuijzen (1976 Zuidhorn).
Graduated from the mimeschool 2000. She has recently joined the artistic team (Jetse Batelaan en Liesbet Swings) at Theater Artemis, after having worked on a few different Artemis plays as an actor and co-creator (War, How the grown-ups left and what happened next, (……) A show that doesn’t give a shit about its own vague title). Besides working as an actress at multiple companies, NTJong(Noël Fischer), Boogaerdt/vanderSchoot, De Gemeenschap(Roy Peters), Rene Geerlings, she has put on a number of remarkable plays on the fringes of our craft (Parasite, Assholism) with her own company Pink Flamingooo, and made the children’s hit Eitje in co creation with Dwayne Toemere for MAAStd. She also teaches an acting class at the HKU regularly, and a mime class in Amsterdam, and is often approached by young creators in need of a sounding board.
Willemijn will be creating performances at Theater Artemis. She enjoys creating outside of the confines of the stage itself, and often acts in these performances. She will also remain active as an actor in other Artemis performances, and is closely involved with art projects and the recruitment and mentoring of young talent.
Mime kitchen #1
Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti
3rd December 2020
Mime kitchen #1
Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti
3rd December 2020
Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti (1979)
Born in Bolivia, grew up in Brazil, studied classical piano, modern and contemporary dance, was part of various music, dance and theatre ensembles in both countries, till she moved to Amsterdam to follow the Mime School at the School for Superior Arts, where she teaches now. After getting her degree she stayed in The Netherlands to further develop and actively work in the performance, art and music, playing extensively as an interdisciplinary artist nationally and internationally. During the last five years she has been working on bridging shamanic and animistic practices. It resulted in the trilogy “Amaranthine”, “SELVAGE” and “We must risk the light” that have been part of exhibits and festivals a.o. W139, Arti&amicitiae, The Bussan Biennale (KO), “How artist meditate” at Savina Museum - Seoul (KO), The Minimal Music Festival at Muziekgebouw aan t’ IJ, Frascati Issues: Trip TO HEAL, Museo de Arte da Bahia (BR). As a musician she was part of various collaborations a.o. OKAPI, Todos de pie, Ryley Walker, Polyband and has her own bands Silverbones and Superinca & the galactic green, with whom she performed in numerous opportunities a.o. Rewire Festival, Le Guess who?, Gaudeamus, November Music, IFFR, Gemeente museum, Down the Rabbit Hole. She has collaborated with numerous artists, theatre groups, ensembles and visual art projects a.o. Schweigman&, Nicole Beutler projects, Nineties productions, Stichting dOeK, The Paper Ensemble, Bambie, de Veenfabriek, Orkaan, Orkater, Elvira Wersche, Germaine Kruip, Sander& Witte, RAAAF, Folkert de Jong and as DJ Superinca. www.ibelisseguardiaferragutti.com