Specials voor (performing) arts professionals

Thursday April 18 and Friday April 19

In addition to the performances, there wil be a specials programme about theater, art and interaction with the little ones from 0 to 4 years, with conversations, a lecture and discussion groups.

Thursday April 18th

15:45 – 16:20 Opening performance PAK ‘M – BonteHond (NL) 2,5 – 6 years / KAF
15:45 – 16:30 Lecture Ben Fletcher Watson (EN) / KAF
16:30 – 18:00 Official celebration 20 jaar 2 Turven Hoog & drinks  / KAF / (for invitees)

Friday April 19th 

12:00 – 12:45  Lecture Ben Fletcher Watson (EN) / KAF
13:30 – 14:45  Performance & presentation – Erasmus + / KAF
16:30  Artist conversation for performing artists / KAF


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(and/or scroll down for some background information from Ingrid Wolff about every performance)

Entrance fees and reservations

For professionals, tickets for performances are available at a discount price. The performances that are listed as sold out on the website can also be reserved to a limited extent. You can make a discount reservation by filling in the reservation form that is sent by e-mail. If you want to receive this form, please email Milou Meijer (Hospitality) at [email protected]. The specials are free of charge, but must be reserved via the same reservation form.


All program components take place in Almere-Stad, at 3 different locations:

Kunstlinie Almere Flevoland (KAF) – Esplanade 10
de nieuwe bibliotheek – Stadhuisplein 101
Reigers Inn – Weerwaterplein 3


Lecture Ben Fletcher-Watson – Great art for small people: how do we engage the youngest audience? (Engels spoken)

Thursday April 18th 15:45– 15:30 uur
Location: KAF

Friday April 19th 12:00 – 12:45
Location: KAF

Ben Fletcher-Watson has done research on children’s theater at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has seen over 100 performances for the little ones around the world in recent years. He also conducted extensive interviews with makers. He explains why he believes that the most exciting and radical art is created for young children. He outlines an explosive increase in dance, theater, opera, music and performance performances aimed at babies, toddlers, preschoolers (0-4 years) and their parents and / or adult companions over the last 30 years. Specific to the work is that the performance time is often shorter than with adult performances. Usually they are fully or partially participatory (i.e. the ability to enter the stage and / or to interact with objects and actors) and small-scale (only 20 or 30 visitors at a time). In addition, many shows have a very narrow age rating such as; for children from 3 months to 18 months or for children from 18 months to 3 years. Ben Fletcher Watson says about this; “This does not mean that performing arts are less for the little ones than for adults. That it is a simple version of theater for adults. On the contrary, these productions are often the most avant-garde performances that are made today. ”

Performance en presentation Erasmus+: Art, artist and children in their early years

Thursday April 18 13:30 – 15:00  – Location: Reigers Inn
Friday April 19 13:30 – 15:00  – Location: KAF

2 Turven Hoog, Compagnie ACTA uit Parijs and Starcatchers from Schotland have joined forces to investigate how you can best create new performances in relation to the young children themselves. This is not only good for the artists who can do so much better work, but also children who do not normally visit the theater come into contact with art. From September 2017 to September 2019, 2 Turven Hoog will participate in this international cooperation project. Two Dutch theater makers work together with two French ones and two Scottish artists. They do research in crèches in each other’s countries and stay together for ten days at one location. During 2 Turven Hoog 2019, the delegations from France and Scotland will be present in Almere together with the Dutch artists. During the festival week they do research in different crèches and they have their own work studio at Reigers Inn in Almere-Stad.

Makers’ interview (English spoken)

Friday April 19 16:30 – 17:15
Location: KAF

All artists present at the festival come together during the annual makers’ interview at 2 Turven Hoog. While enjoying a drink, they share their experiences and reflections on the performing arts for the little ones from, during and outside the festival. Young makers, experienced makers, Dutch makers, foreign makers, students but also programmers and others, everyone who is interested is invited to come. The conversation is led by Ingrid Wolff, Artistic director of Festival 2 Turven Hoog.

Background information about the performances

Labotanik – Theater de Spiegel (BE)
New installation/performance piece by Company the Spiegel for the very very young in which you can walk in and out. Three performers are in the installation and go into relation with the audience that is there at certain moments. You are not obliged to stay the full 70 minutes, you can leave and re-enter as you like.

BOKS – Theater de Spiegel (BE)
Boks is the new piece for toddlers by Company the Spiegel from Antwerp and just premiered in February this year.

ETSbeest – Katrina Brown & Han Buhrs (NL)
Katrina and Han did a very successful research in the ‘Proeftuin’ of 2 Turven Hoog in 2007 and it resulted in Etsbeest! Back for our 20th anniversary. Still to be booked. In the past years they have played all over Europe.

Icilà (HierDaar) – Benoît Sicat (FR)
Our favourite performer Benoit Sicat is back with this piece without décor and for very little children.  It is wonderful to see how Benoit manages to create a group experience amongst the youngest children and the adults by just using his voice.

No Camping – Benoît Sicat (FR)
This is new interactive performance by Benoit in which he and another performer play with the public whilst they are moving through the installation.  After Jardin du possible and Le son de la Seve this is the third interactive performance to be seen by him in festival 2 Turven Hoog.

Labyrint 1 – Simone de Jong (NL)
New performance by Simone de Jong in which she herself is the performer. In an inventive décor she will be moved around by sounds that move around themselves.

Timtim – Simone de Jong (NL)
Wonderful new performance by Simone will premiere on Saturday 20th of April and again with actor Toon Kuijpers who successfully played in ‘The Hermit’, also a piece for toddlers by Simone. Reality never looks like it looks in the pieces of Simone.  She plays with dimensions, with sounds and with a surprising décor and creates moments of magic you won’t forget.

Landing – Jasmin Hasler (NL)
Jasmin’s second piece for toddlers after Potjesman which she created in 2017.  Landing sets out in an empty landscape that after it has been discovered by the two players will turn into a wonderful interactive installation at the end of the performance. The actors play with objects and sounds and make way for the children to have a more profound landing in the landscape that has revealed itself.  Landing will be played for two different audience groups and will premiere on April 22nd in festival 2 Turven Hoog in Haarlem.  On April 19th Landing will be playing in Almere.  Coproduction Festival 2 Turven Hoog and Grand theatre Groningen.

Potjesman – Jasmin Hasler (NL)
Potjesman was a research performance in the ‘Proeftuin’ of 2 Turven Hoog in 2016 and came out in 2017.  A solo performance by a wonderful actor, Kajetan Uranitsch, who shares his most intimate world with the children and you in small tent. Slowly the world gets bigger and the space around the tent opens up to make the youngest public share with him. 

PAK’M – BonteHond (NL)
Come and see this energetic piece by Rene Geerlings and Wim Conradi.  They did it again. After their collaboration in Aaipet they came up with even more theatre magic.
Rene made his first show for young children in collaboration with our festival in 2012: Rabbit by TG Max.  Since he is artistic leader of Bontehond this is his second piece for the very young. We hope it will not be his last.

The wonderful decors of the performances of Cie Iota which toured extensively in the years between 1999 and 2010 are reused by the artistic leaders of the former company.  Now they serve as beautiful objects to create a playful being together for parents and kids. The decors are by Diane Batens and surrounded by a beautiful classical soundtrack which is always precisely composed by Lieven Bayens. In former days we would program their wonderful performances. Now we are happy they still come around to please us with these artful gatherings.

Rawums (:) – florschütz & döhnert (DE)
Many of you probably know Rawums and have seen it already.  For us it is a classic and after showings in the 2009 and 2011 festivals, we bring this piece back to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the festival with us. Happilly Melanie and Michael still play this wonderful piece.  Come and see it again!

Papier – DADODANS & Gaia Gonnelli (NL)
We are proud that Gaia did her first research for todders in the Proeftuin of 2 Turven Hoog in 2009.  Colour was a wonderful dance duet on a huge piece of paper with an enormous amount of paint. After Colour two more pieces were created: Ondersteboven en Mappamondo. This is already her 4th piece for the very young and it seems that she really likes this agegroup and will keep addressing her work towards them and their adult caretakers.  

STIP – 4 Hoog (BE)
Yes, Stip got a remake!  In 2010 this was one of our favourite performances in the festival. Then played by a male actor.  Today in a new version played by a female actress. We keep inviting 4Hoog because of the high quality of the work. Already in 2007 we brought Wolk to the Netherlands and after that every performance they created for the youngest public ever since.  It says that we like them and recommend this piece highly to you.

Wiegelied – Esmé Bos & Bart Voet (BE)
This is what we want. Singing art for the very young. Esmé’s timing, timbre and presentation are wonderful and Bart is not to be missed with his guitar and sample tools. High quality and highly recommended. Glad they will be with us for the first time.

Woei! – Alle Hoeken van de Kamermuziek (NL)
In 2010 we were asked by this classical copper ensemble to help them create their first performance for toddlers and this was the result. A beautiful piece in which they only play music and don’t talk. They never did that before and discovered a total new way of presenting their music to children. We are happy that Woei plays for us once more in the festival as they only play it abroad and not in the Netherlands anymore.