I think it really opened a lot of children’s eyes to a whole new world.
Note only do De Koppoters connect drawing to the language of theatre, they also encourage children to capture their imagination in a drawing.
Some children at our refugee centre hadn’t seen their mother or father for a long time. Your programme really helped to connect and amuse the group.
You’ve planted a seed for creativity in their hearts.
Exciting for children, fascinating for parents.
“Fishes must be together,” say the fish Nora has painted. They tell her not to swim up or down and especially not on her own, because then she will never come back. Still, Nora is curious and not afraid at all, because she can always wipe the ocean out and create a new work of art. Her brushes take her to a castle with never-ending stairs and an upside-down waterfall. She soars through the sky like a bird, close to the stars. And then a big black hole appears on every painting. Does Nora dare to descend into it?
Concept: Sjoukje van Alphen and Esther Drijver. Director: Henk de Reus. Design: Alice Brouwer. Thanks to: Maarten Zaagman and Ubit Iskandar
From Scratch 4+
A series of short stories based on the drawings made by the audience. From Scratch does not contain any spoken language and is suitable for all children from 4 years and their parents or supervisors. The little artists get to take their drawings home.
6000 children have already seen their own work of art come to life, in the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy and Japan.
Concept: The Koppoters. Players: Sjoukje van Alphen and Esther Drijver. Directed by: Fried Mertens. Set: Grand Theater Groningen. Soundtrack: Snoet & Smoel. Production: De Koppoters.
Two colorful characters meet for the first time. Red prefers to be alone, in her big red house with red garden and red flowers. Blue has a smaller, blue house and wants to know who her neighbor is. Together they discover a new color, which makes them quite confused.
A performance about merging and still remaining yourself. The performance Purple contains a lot of colour, soft shapes and no spoken language. Suitable for children from two years.
Concept: The Koppoters. Actors: Sjoukje van Alphen and Esther Drijver.
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All performances and projects of creative collective De Koppoters are related to drawing or a (big or little) drawing artist.
Never stop drawing
According to Pablo Picasso children are artists by nature: “Every child is an artist. The question is how we can remain an artist when we grow up.” If we’re able to nourish the imagination of children at an early age, they will become adults that think ‘outside the box’, able to communicate with others about things that do not yet exist. And last but not least: enjoy themselves.
The universal character of drawing helps us connect instantly, regardless were we meet the little artists. In Holland however, the ability to create something with your hands is declining (source: De Volkskrant). In recent decades, children have also started to play less and less (source: De Correspondent). We are determined to contribute to the creative development of children, by stimulating them to express themselves. Performance by performance, drawing by drawing.