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Erik A. Kouwenhoven, Arnhem (NL) , Arnhem °17 - 11 - 1964
Mobiel: +31. (0) 6. 22521644
E-mail: eakouwenhoven@gmail.com

 

Education

1983 – 1988
Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, individual studies theatre design

 

Profession

2014 – present
Managing Director (a.i.) urban dance and theatre company Don't Hit Mama, artistic direction: Nita Liem and Bart Deuss

2014 – 2015
Scenography and Production Manager opera project Wolven from Opera Theater Amsterdam and De Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, direction: Charles Hens, conductor: Johannes Leertouwer, Movement directionn: Nita Liem, light design: Floriaan Ganzevoort, Photography: Floriaan Ganzevoort and Ben van Duin, video: Mind-on-Media

2012 – 2013
Associate and Executive Assistant, Wonderbird

2010 – 2014
Project Manager/Mentor at the opera project U, the first science fiction Klingon opera from director/visual artists Floris Schönfeld

2007 – 2010
Artistic Coordinator/ Deputy Director
Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag
(The Royal Theatre, The Hague)

2005/2006
Festival director Mooi Weer Spelen, Delft

since 2003
Freelance advisor & funding for artists and international projects

2002 – 2003
Director Kunstzaak Amsterdam

1998 – 2002
Director/programmer Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam

1997 – 2001
Principal Tutor of Scenography, Utrecht School of the Arts,

Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, Londen

1990 – 1996
Artistic leader Public Affairs

since1989
Freelance scenographer

since 1997
guest tutor Utrecht School of the Arts, Theatre Facult

 

Special Projects

1999 – 2001
Een goed gezelschap op de late zondagmiddag, actual subjects and the themes, on Sunday afternoons in Het Veem Theater, with performances, presentations and debate between theatre makers and audience

1999
Mimekracht 10 tot 12, an international debate about the (inter) national position of Dutch mime

2000
MANIFESTO, a manifest week, about the position of young independent freelance choreographers and their legal position within the Dutch art policy and culture, with 40 performances, 5 debate evenings between choreographers, dancers, local and national politicians, representatives of art foundations and audience.

2001
10 Days of Veem, 10 days international festival (15th.aniversary of Het Veem Theater) with performances on location and created with the audience

 

Performances (concept, direction, scenography & costumes)

1989
Macbeth, a scene voor de Prix de Rome
,

Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam

1990
l’Histoire de l’Enfant qui ne pouvait pas arrêter de danser

Theater Zeebelt, Den Haag

1991
The Art to find the Mind’s Construction in the Face

Korzo Theater, Den Haag

Pictures of the Sleeping and the Dead

Theater Zeebelt, Den Haag

1993
Le Rêve d’un Curieux

Theater am Turm/Probebühne, Frankfurt am Main

The Solo Versions, nr. I

Theater am Turm/Probebühne, Frankfurt am Main

1994
Le Rêve d’un Curieux

Theater Lantaren/Venster, Rotterdam

Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Bagnolet, Paris

Solo’s voor Blauw Jan

opening lizard sculpture Blauw Jan, Kleine Gartmanplantsoen, Amsterdam in assignment of Hans van Houwelingen the City Council of Amsterdam

1995
The I-Mechanism

Theater am Turm/Probebühne, Frankfurt am Main, Theater Lantaren/Venster, Rotterdam, Julidans Festival, Amsterdam

Fearless Figures

Exit Festival, Chivik, Zweden

The Solo Versions, nr. I & II

Podewil/TanzWerkstatt, Berlin, Theater Lantaren/Venster, Rotterdam

1996
The Solo Versions, nr. III

Theater Lantaren/Venster, Rotterdam, Festival Tanz im August, Berlijn

The Solo Versions, nr. I & II

Felix Meritis, The Amsterdam Summer Academy, Amsterdam

1999
Supernova

Exit Festival, Chivik, Zweden

 

Exhibitions

1988
(s) Sketches and Models

Theater Instituut Nederland

1989
(g) Prix de Rome, Visual Art & Theatre

Museum Fodor, Amsterdam

1989
(g) Individuele Subsidies in de Hal

HAL 4, Rotterdam

1990
(g) Theatredrawings in Signature

Galerie HKK, Den Haag

1991
(s) Painted Drawings and Models

Galerie Baks, Den Haag

1992
(g) Salon des Spectacles

Museum Fodor, Amsterdam

(g) Fodor Longa, Res Brevis

Museum Fodor, Amsterdam

1993
(g) Theater van de toekomst/Theatre of the Future

Theater Instituut Nederland

(g) De Kracht van Heden/The Power of Present

Loods 6, Amsterdam

1995
(s) Signatures of Space

Podewil, Berlijn

(s) Signatures of Space, nr. II

Podewil, Berlijn

1997
(g) Individuele Subsidies

Foundation for Visual Art, Design & Architecture, Amsterdam

1998
(g) 10 Years Charlotte Köhler Awards

Galerie Arti & Amicitiae

1999
(g) Prague Quadrienale

Industrial Palace, Prague

 

Scenography

1986
Echo Pappa
, Annamirl van der Pluijm (NL)

1989
Moderne Compositie
, Marc Vanrunxt (B)

1991
Sur Scene
, Marc Vanrunxt (B)

1992
Earth Apples
, Itzik Galili (I)

Hunters and Sleepers, Mischa van Dullemen (NL)

Silk Purses and Pigs Ears, Michael Beards (GB)

Antiparticle, Liat Steiner/Lior Lev (I)

1994
Klaagliederen/Lamentations
by Jeremiah,

Toneelgroep Amsterdam, direction: Gerardjan Rijnders

1995
Barnes Beurtzang (The Antiphone)
by Djuna Barnes

Toneelgroep Amsterdam, direction: Gerardjan Rijnders

1996
Earth Apples
, Itzik Galili (I) for Gulbenkian Ballet & Basler Ballet

1996
ORT 1
, Tanzcompagnie Rubato, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin

1997
Een soort Hades
, by Lars Norén

Toneelgroep Amsterdam, direction: Gerardjan Rijnders

1999
Zes Personages op zoek by Pirandello,

Toneelgroep Amsterdam, direction: Gerardjan Rijnders

2000
Stalker, text & direction: Gerardjan Rijnders,

Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Holland Festival

2001
Mind the Gap
, by Stefan Hertmans, direction: Gerardjan Rijnders,

Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Kaaitheater Brussel

 

Video

1999
Kouwenhovens Kabinet
, videoclip with images and inspiration of films, theatre, visual art, worldnews, sport and fragments of own work

 

Awards/Scholarsips

1988/89
Starting scholarship
Foundation for Visual Art, Design & Architecture, Amsterdam

1989
Final Round
Prix de Rome, Theatre/Visual Art

1990/91
Starting scholarship
, Foundation BKVB Amsterdam

1992/93
Woking scholarship
Foundation BKVB, Amsterdam

1993/94
Working scholarship
Foundation BKVB, Amsterdam

1996
Charlotte Köhler Award
for scenography

 

Tutor/Jury

1996
Scenography workshop at the New Bulgarian University, Sofia

1996 – 2001
Tutor at the MA Scenography Department of the HKU, Utrecht and Central Saint Martins of College of Art and Design, London

1998
External examinator at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Tilburg

2000 – 2003
member of the jury Charlotte Köhler Prijs of the Prins Bernhard Culture Foundation

 

Publicaties

1989 – 2002
more than 100 articles, interviews and critics in newspapers and magazines like Ballet International, Zichtlijnen, Theatermaker, Notes, Theaterjaarboek, etc.

 

Assistance

1986 – 1993
Assistent scenography theatre/dance/opera/film/visual art for Troubleyn/Jan Fabre, Antwerpen (B)

The Minds of Helena Troubleyn/The Dance Sections, (dance/opera)
Silent Screams/Difficult Dreams, (opera)
Het interview dat sterft, (theatre)
Het paleis om vier uur ’s morgens…A.G., (theatre)
De reïncarnatie van God, (theatre)
Kasteel Tivoli, (visual art)
De Schelde (film)
Questa Pazzia è fantastica (visual art)
Der blaue Raum (visual art)
Modellen (visual art)

 

 

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