Everything begins with movement!
The Mime School is not about pretending; it’s about being. We teach you to analyse and understand body language and apply it theatrically in your own unique manner. Technique alone is boring. This is why we help you to develop as a distinctive mime artist and theatre maker with exceptional physical awareness and a unique personal style.
Movement, space and image
The Mime School will teach you everything you need to know about the basic elements of mime: movement, space and image. You will learn to tune your performance to achieve specific visual effects – and how they are likely to affect an audience. You will develop your personal body language based on mime corporel, a theory of movement that analyses the postures, actions and movements of the human body to exploit the potential of the theatrical context.
Research plays a central role in this course, both in the acting lessons and in creating stage work. By the end of your studies you will have mastered the techniques and principles of mime and incorporated your knowledge and skills into your artistic vision. You will be self-critical, disciplined and equipped to combine your strong analytical skills with fearless experimentation. Essentially, you will have become an independent, well-trained mime artist and theatre maker with a distinctive, personal style.
Your own vision
Performances by various theatre makers who have completed the study programme, vary greatly in form and content. These variations are a logical consequence of students being stimulated to create their own vision of mime. In this way the study programme nurtures professional practice and vice versa. In the course of its forty year existence the Mime School, thanks to its innovative character, has made important contributions to renewing the theatre landscape.
The language of the Theatre Department is Dutch. In order to function up to the mark in the lessons, foreign students are required to learn, speak, write and read Dutch during their first year of study.