About Ulrike Quade Company

Ulrike Quade Company

From 2009 on, Ulrike Quade is structural supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL for a period of four years. In August 2012 the performing Arts Fund NL announced that they continue the support for another 4 years. The municipality of Amsterdam will support Ulrike Quade Company for the period 2013 – 2016 as well.

“The images which are created by the puppets, are generally very convincing, especially by the quality of the manipulation of the puppets. That visual quality is very important for the originality of the work”. “In the plans for the coming years, the diversity is striking. Several interesting topics are combined with various puppetry techniques. The committee appreciates the investigative process of Ulrike Quade to continue the development of an own visual language. It shows the originality of the artist”. (From advisory FPK)

The Company

The Ulrike Quade Company is founded in 1999 and based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. There’s a small team of permanent staff lead by Ulrike Quade, artistic director and Rutger Gernandt, business director. The regular artistic crew consists of  Floriaan Ganzevoort (light and scenery design), Jacqueline Steijlen (costumes), Matt Jackson (puppets) and Sanne van Rijn (artistic advise). Inke Berbee (bureau Berbee, culturele affaires) is responsible for the distribution of the performances in the Netherlands and Flanders, Blah Blah Production (Babette Gatt and Claire Ginod) our agent for France and Walloons.

In the past co-productions are realized with;

MASSMoCA, USA (The Wall 2008), Stichting Oorkaan Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Lisa’s Big Journey 2009, KRABAT 2014) Jo Strømgren Kompani Oslo Norway (The Writer 2009, The Painter 2013), Nordland Visual Theatre Stamsund , Norway (The Writer 2009 & Radio Exit Live 2011, The Painter 2013), The Glasshouse & Bellevue Lunchtheater, Amsterdam The Netherlands (Dog’s Love 2011), Nbprojects/Nicole Beutler, Amsterdam The Netherlands (Antigone 2012), Staatstheater Oldenburg Germany (The Painter 2013), LGL Ljubljana Slovenia (Krabat 2014)

The performances of Ulrike Quade Company are frequently shown internationally at festivals and in the regular programming of venues.

Ulrike Quade

Ulrike Quade is one of Holland’s most outstanding visual theatre makers. She has created her personal theatrical signature by combining puppetry, dance, (physical)theatre and scenography. She consistently explores her personal theatrical language, in which the expressive power of visual images is of the greatest importance. The productions speak directly to audiences through their intensity and openness, and in the surprising way that objects and subjects come to life.

The performances of Ulrike Quade are a combination of sculpture and dance, mime and performance, language and music. Sometimes going solo, sometimes together with other performers and musicians. And there’s always a story. This theater is engaged, but also, surprisingly nimble, surreal, ironic, poetic.

Ulrike Quade was inspired to this theatrical form in Japan, by Hoichi Okamoto and his quirky solo puppet theater and butoh dance. Since then she has worldwide fame with her performances. The Ulrike Quade Company performed in venues and at the invitation of festivals in Europe (UK, Norway, Germany, France, Italy), the United States, China and Taiwan.

Ulrike Quade graduated from the acting department of the Utrecht School of the Arts in 1998 and from the theatre making department with a Master’s degree in scenography in 1999. She was the fist Dutch director to be awarded a Directors Lab Scholarship by New York’s Lincoln Center in 2004.

Together with Duda Paiva, she created the successful performances Dead Orange Walk, Two Old Ladies and the double bill Nude Volume/Angel. Dead Orange Walk was nominated as the most remarkable and innovative performance of the New Theatre Makers Series of the 2003/2004 season.

Me too – a sideshow (2006), about a Siamese twins, was her first solo project. International co- production and collaborations followed. Ulrike Quade’s work is presented at the leading international theatre festivals in Europe and worldwide. In 2007 she collaborated with director Jos van Kan on The Second Goodbye; a co-production with The Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company in Taipei, Taiwan. In the same year, she was invited by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts in the USA to make a first version of The Wall, which in 2008 was produced and performed. Since 2009 the Ulrike Quade Company is structurally funded by the Dutch Performing Arts Fund.