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New show MORF 8+

Nora, a girl that likes dragons, mathematics and books, travels through her own imagination.

De Koppoters in Japan 2019

I think it really opened a lot of children's eyes to a whole new world.

Luke Callaghan, K. International School Tokyo

You've planted a seed for creativity in their hearts.

Ryogo Iwamoto, Ukiha

Very bright, and also super abstract and weird. Our children laughed so hard!

Jolanda van Wild

De kinderen zaten op het puntje van hun stoel om te kijken wat er met hun tekening gebeurde.

Dineke Mik

De Koppoters just make the world more beautiful.

teacher at refugee centre, Burgum

Er werd veel gelachen, en niet alleen door de kinderen.

Hiske Deinema, public library, Amsterdam

You’ve danced my drawing!

Loïs (7), the Netherlands

Students were constantly shrieking with delight.

Kurosaki, K. International School, Tokyo

New show MORF 8+

Nora, a girls that love dragons, drawing and mathematics, travels through her favourite book. A dangerous adventure, because the book is full of black and white complicated drawings. Neverending stairs, water flowing upwards and dragons that keep appearing and disappearing. Nora learns to trust her own imagination.

Concept en spel: Sjoukje Böing and Esther Drijver. Director: Henk de Reus. Design: Alice Brouwer. Thanks to Maarten Zaagman (music) and Ubit Iskandar (dance).


From Scratch 4+

From scratch, a theatre performance based on drawings, starts with drawing together. The artworks of the children become part of the show and a source of inspiration for the actresses. From scratch contains no spoken language and is suitable for all children (4-8 years old) and their parents or guardians.

Concept: De Koppoters. Performers: Sjoukje Böing and Esther Drijver. Director: Fried Mertens. Soundtrack: Snoet & Smoel. Decorum: Grand Theatre Groningen. Producer: De Koppoters.


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From Scratch 4+
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From Scratch 4+

We were here.

And left a trace of drawings and ideas.

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MierMier 8+ NEW
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TOKYO (JPN) Canary Hall

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TOKYO (JPN) Canary Hall

From Scratch

Kurume JAPAN

From Scratch

Fukuoka JAPAN

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From Scratch
From Scratch

Stadshuis UTRECHT

From Scratch

About From Scratch 4+

visual & performing arts

no spoken language

shows performed

lasts 50 minutes

for children at age 4-8 and their guardians

About us

De Koppoters are inspired by little and big drawing artists. All of our theatre performances are connected to some sort of drawing. Based in the Netherlands, we love to travel and meet little artists all over the world. We have been performing a 130 shows, in the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy and Japan. We’re at our best at places with curious young audiences, f.e. schools, libraries, festivals, refugee centers and small theaters.

What is a 'koppoter'?

Koppoter is the Dutch word describing what children draw early on: a head (kop) with legs (poten). Across the globe, children often first draw a large head with two legs below. Not long after two arms appear, and later still a torso.


The Koppoters at your place? Call our agency Uitdekunst (Utrecht, the Netherlands)

+31 30 711 5105

We're happy to give you more specific information. Call Esther Drijver or send an e-mail.

+31 6 2534 0492

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