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We love drawing

When the Koppoters arrive, a temporary creative chaos will arise. Afterwards a great love remains for drawing, draftsmen and drawings. In 2021/2022 the two actresses will be playing two shows: Kriskras 4+ (without spoken language) and Morf 8+ (also in English). The Koppoters previously left traces in the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy and Japan.

De Koppoters in Japan (2019)

Allerlei emoties kwamen langs, van schaterlachen en verontwaardiging tot een beetje spanning. Het was voor de kinderen duidelijk te volgen,…

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.

About us

All performances of the Koppoters have a relationship with drawing or a draftsman. In this way we communicate our own imagination and invite young people to switch on theirs.

Never stop drawing

Imagination matters. It cannot be taught, you can only create the space for it to flourish. Pablo Picasso saw in children master artists by nature: “Every child is an artist. The question is how we can remain an artist when we grow up.” If there is and remains room for creativity at an early age, children will later be better able to make connections, always come up with a solution and communicate with others about things that do not yet exist.

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.

About From Scratch 4+

visual & performing arts

no spoken language

shows performed

lasts 50 minutes

for children at age 4-8 and their guardians


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