Starting from June 2012, theatre maker Rieks Swarte will assume the position of Artist in Residence at de Theaterschool for the Technical Theatre Arts study programme. As member of De Firma , Rieks Swarte is director, actor and designer. During different project periods, students will become acquainted with Swarte’s artistic practice. Lessons will also be inspired by Swarte’s involvement and gain a new impulse.
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The Technical Theatre Arts Study Programme trains professionals to make artistic ideas possible with the help of theatre technical means. Because they occupy a leading position, theatre technicians are a crucial link between a director or choreographer and the realization of an entire theatre scenery. That requires a combination of many qualities. Technical Theatre Arts students must not only excel in their discipline, current trends also demand that they are flexible, creative and imaginative.
For students, teachers and supervisors the collaboration with Rieks Swarte promises to be a fantastic challenge. Swarte is known to design dazzling productions with a minimum of technical devices. The motto that Swarte made up for his Artist in Residence at de Theaterschool is: “You can observe a lot by just watching.” (Yogi Bear)
To kick off his residency Rieks Swarte will exhibit his sculpture the Cabanon at de Theaterschool. With the help of students he plans to erect this spatial installation made of wood and cardboard in the week of 18 June. The Cabanon gives a glimpse of Swarte’s environment and thinking, it is a unique “self-portrait in architecture”, based on designs by Le Corbusier and the principles of golden ratio. The exhibition, Rieks Swarte’s first Artist in Residency event, was festively opened on Thursday 21 June at 16.00. You are cordially invited to attend in the ‘hijsvide’ on the ground floor of de Theaterschool.
About Rieks Swarte
Rieks Swarte is director, designer and puppeteer. He studied directing simultaneously at de Theaterschool and the Vrije Academie in The Hague. He has been active in the theatre as maker and player since the 1960s. Swarte’s work is inspired by children’s books, pictures, random objects, sudden downpours, a good book, a film, a historic moment or special places in the world.
Characteristic for Swarte’s performances is the visual power and the unique interaction between players and objects. Sometimes a text is the basis of a piece, but just as often not. This is most evident in Swarte’s toy productions for viewers from 8 to 88. Swarte also creates lecture performances in which he takes complicated subjects from history, art and science and turns them into an educational showpiece, making them vibrant and comprehensible.
In 1992 Swarte established his own ensemble, De Firma which performs in small and large theatres in Holland and Belgium or on location. De Firma’s home base is the workshop for experiments, a studio in the centre of Haarlem. The Haarlemse Toneelschuur is their traditional performance venue. Next season Swarte is scheduled to create the scenery for Pinocchio by the Toneelmakerij (director Liesbeth Coltof)
The AIR programme is an Art Practice and Development research group initiative in conjunction with the departments of the Amsterdam School of the Arts. Results of the Artist in Residency programme are published internally and externally by the magazine ON AIR www.air.ahk.nl