At Nanchong International Puppet Art Week China, June 2017, Droomtheater from The Netherlands has won an “Award for Shows” for their mobile shadow puppet project The Dreamsuitcase for inter generative audiences. Joanne Oussoren got a certificat and a trofee out of hands from Louise Lapointe, president of Unima Commission International Festivals.
Puppet Art Week, China 2017
Season 2016 / 2017
Dream Suitcase is a simple, small-scale, low-threshold, traditional shadow theater box, which you can take with you anywhere. It fits on every table and can also be used in daylight. You can play performances with it. There may also be given training workshops to get acquainted with various art disciplines, like design, use of color, light effects, motion, sound, song and music, storytelling, puppetry and shadow theater. The dream suitcase brings puppeteers, the elderly, children and caregivers in contact with each other.
The Dream suitcase, design Hansüeli Trüb
Christine Gravemaker-Scott told us:
"Through the MS dance classes hosted by ‘het Nationale Opera & Ballet’, I had the good fortune to meet Joanne Oussoren, and Frans Hakkemars. Having recently developed a programme combining shadow puppetry and dance, they wanted to open it up to physically impaired participants and thus invited our MS group to partake in this multi-disciplinary project - and we were more than keen to be involved. This was further enhanced by an introduction to classical music, which I never before fully appreciated. Now I am a huge fan of it, having felt its power and influence on my emotions and creative output. To have been introduced to these cultural stimulants was an unexpected discovery."
Dreamsuitcase for elderly and extra challenged people, 2015/2016
'shadow, dance, music, video, cooking, slampoetry and prose'
Preparations for our new project 2017/2018: 'shadow, dance, music, video, cooking, slampoetry and prose'
Shadowpuppet Suitcase meets Slam Poetry
Our collegues in Belgium have an interesting policy on puppetry as cultural heritage for new generations. The transference mainly works informally, research, documentation, identification, communication, sensibilisation and re-launching are important parts of the proces. Take a closer look
My Little Girl
In 2012, participating in a worldwide festival for puppetry in Chengdu, we came in touch with Chinese shadowplay. We met Anny Katsura Rollins and she taught us a nowadays technique. In Feijenoord Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2013, we explored this ancient, rich, community arts form. (www.annykatsurarollins.com)
Shadowplay, Rotterdam 2013
Jan klaassen and Katrijn who are always quarreling, plan to have the Dutch new King Willem Alexander, his wife Maxima and three daughters coming over. But suddenly the King's crown is lost...
Traditional Dutch handpuppetry in a modern twist performed in Dutch, English, French, German or Spanish by Frans Hakkermars (www.franshakkemars.nl), mobile installation, designed by Frans van der Horst (www.fransvanderhorst.nl), costumes Ine Keitz (www.keitzkostuums.nl) and puppets made by Marlieke Reusink (www.marliekereusink-schorel.nl) en Simone van Maurik (www.bigontwerp.nl).
Jan Klaassen, Katrijn and the lost crown, Rotterdam 2013
In 2011 Droomtheater worked with puppeteer Frans Hakkemars (www.franshakkemars.nl) to produce 'Funny Fransi' a story telling programme with puppets dealing with language developement for immigrant children, their parents and teachers. Puppets and clothing: Ine Keitz www.keitzkostuums.nl)
Funny Fransi, Rotterdam 2011
Mobile installations, Rotterdam 2010