was dramaturg/artistic director of Toneelgroep Centrum. Translated many plays and wrote libretti for opera and ballet. For the Royal Concertgebouw Orquestra he translated and performed in Stravinsky/Ramuz' The Solder's Tale. Together with Paul Vermeulen Windsant he translated and adapted for the stage Lewis Carolls Alice in Wonderland. Als a violoncellist and announcer het performed with the Resistentie Orkest during fifteen years. Hij now works as theatre-maker in De Balie in Amsterdam, and as a mobile dramaturg in The Netherlands.
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The clones of god
Forty years ago the famous words 'I had a dream' made a lot of impression. Nowadays, if we are to believe the advertisements, the question 'beer?' appeals more to the imagination. Who makes what is bent straight asked Ecclesiastes and we with him. Writers Khalid Boudou and Gerrit Komrij - now as clones of god - exchange letters to one another on the question of what a future world should look like. An exchange of letters on stage. Directed by Carel Alphenaar.
In a festival on passion and love, Salomon's Song is a must. From the Old Testament, one of the first and most beautiful love songs from literature. Actor, director and dramaturg Carel Alphenaar read the text (in Dutch).
South African road movie on present day South Africa, directed by Nick Hofmeyer. Main Reef Road connects the cities directly on the western and eastern side of Johannesburg, beyond the mines. The director followed a number of people living along this road, such as the charismatic black activist who is the leader of a squatted residential area, and a white schoolgirl dreaming of a career as a singer.
Indische Winternacht 1997
With: Adriaan van Dis, Aya Zikken, Carel Alphenaar, De Nazaten van Prins Hendrik, Gamelan Ensemble Widosari, Hans Vervoort, Hella Haasse, Jill Stolk, Marion Bloem, Michaël Zeeman, Mischa de Vreede, Radhar Panca Dahana, Rayuan Samud'ra, Rendra, Sitok Srengenge, Sitor Situmorang, The Galaxy Band, Wieteke van Dort
In 1997 the second edition of the Indische Winternacht took place: a Dutch and Indonesian evening of literature, music, film and storytelling. Among the participants were: Adriaan van Dis, Wieteke van Dort, Mischa de Vreede, Jill Stolk, Hella Haasse, Aya Zikken, Marion Bloem, and from Indonesia Rendra, Sitor Situmorang, Panca Dahana and Sitok Srengenge. The writers were introduced by Carel Alphenaar and interviewed by Michaël Zeeman. With music by The Galaxy Band, Gamelan Ensemble Widosari and De Nazaten van Prins Hendrik.