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DOGTROEP WORKSHOP (article first published : 2000-11-21)

Dogtroep is a Dutch theatre company comprising an international group of artists from different disciplines. Visual artists, musicians, actors and inventors, their performance language is music and images rather than text. Dogtroep started 25 years ago as a raw street theatre company doing parades in grotesque costumes, eventually becoming very well known for big-scale performances such as the World Expo in Seville, Winter Olympics and in the Royal Carre Theatre in Amsterdam.

The company has worked previously in South Africa at Arts Alive (1994) and at the Klein Karoo Kunste Fees when they presented a masterclass (1997). As part of its laboratory and research phase, Dogtroep aims to hold a workshop in South Africa early in 2001 and is looking into the possibility of hosting it in Durban.

Local artists from different disciplines would be invited to work alongside Dogtroep artists over a period of five weeks. Either throughout or towards the end of the process, presentations of the work and material generated during this phase would be held for interested members of the arts community and the public at large.

“We are looking for young visual artists with different backgrounds like video, installations as well as performers, technicians, musicians (acoustic and electronic) and actors with a strong ability to create their own material,” says Dogroep representative Catherine Henegan. “We offer the opportunity to put your ideas next to us and to develop your skills within a theatrical context. We do not give classes in a specific discipline.

“Last year we did a lot of research in integrating video and live performance and the combination of electronic and acoustic music which resulted in performances with a high speed in which the audience can “zap” from one scene to another such as the site specific show in the Cruise Terminal in Amsterdam atom tatoo and the new travelling show ONNO.

“We make site specific shows for a wide audience varying from intimate to large scale performances. The performing area is often the starting point of the show, focusing on the architecture, the human stories of the place and the role in contemporary society, we make specific material reflecting on that specific situation. "Imagination" is the keyword in our work. We try to be sensitive to our environment, and in our work we reflect on what we see and hear. We put a magnifying glass on a specific situation to present to an audience.”

Dogtrop is looking for artists with an autonomous way of working. Also those who can work independently and like to put their ideas into practice in collaboration with points of view and dialogue from other artists in the group.

Contact Catherine Henegan on 082 862-7827 or on e-mail: chenegan@hotmail.com




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