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3 Feb. '20

Recap: Dutch TYA at IPAY Showcase 2020

Dutch delegation at IPAY 2020
Last month Dutch Performing Arts was present at IPAY Showcase 2020 together with representatives of companies Wonderland Collective and The Ministry of Unachieved Affairs (Het Ministerie van Onverrichter Zake).
IPAY Showcase is a platform for theatre companies from all over the world that cater to young audiences in the US. The Dutch performances at Showcase 2020 were supported by Dutch Performing Arts and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York, in collaboration with DutchCulture. The programme was part of Never Grow Up!, a year-long focus in the United States on Dutch film, literature and performing arts for young audiences.

Companies Wonderland Collective and The Ministry of Unachieved Affairs both did a full-length showcase for the very young, as part of Off-IPAY Showcase 2020. Check out their Philadelphia adventures in our photo report!
Danielle Wagenaar, director and writer at The Ministry of Unachieved Affairs:
"To perform in Philadelphia in the presence of so many people from numerous cultures and countries was amazing. It really gave us a new perspective on how we do things in the Netherlands and how this is perceived by others. Meeting new people, like a group of artists and festival representatives from Chile, and making new friends made this trip a memorable experience. To top it all off, our show 'The Last Cookie' was received with great enthusiasm by the Israeli delegates. We're looking foward to seeing where these warm encounters and fresh-laid plans will lead us — hopefully to performances in Chile and Israel in the near future.

One of the highlights of this trip for me was when a room full of presenters and artists rose from theirs seats and joined our performers Niek and José in the Victor and Thorsten song. We actually heard people sing the song for days after the show!"
Broad Street in Philadelphia, home to a large number of historic and spectacular theaters. Photo: Danielle Wagenaar
Performers José Montoya and Niek van der Horst of 'The Last Cookie' by The Ministry of Unachieved Affairs. Photo: Danielle Wagenaar
José and Niek performing for a packed house. Photo: Anja Krans
The Dutch Performing Arts booth at the IPAY exhibit hall. Photo: Vera Kuipers
Makiko Ito, director at Wonderland Collective:
"Philadelphia was definitely something special for me, including the whole process of preparing the team, the instruments etc. Meeting other people and seeing work of the other performers gave me the chance to think deeply about what it is I love to share through my own work. We spent a lot of time developing our piece 'BB', now I'm really happy to perform it and meet more babies in the different cultures and countries as well. We were surprised at how well the European presenters responded to the show. This showcase in Philadelphia made me believe more in my own work and our beautiful colleagues, and I was so proud to present this work which was born in the Netherlands."

Christel Gouweleeuw of Cie Petit, the agency of Wonderland Collective:
'"We did a wonderful showcase of 'BB' in Philadelphia. There was a great turnout, the theatre was packed with presenters. There even was a group of babies and their parents! They all responded great to the show. One parent even commented: 'It was such a lovely show. I was delighted to see my baby and others interact with the performers, and the performers gently interact with them.' There's a good chance that the showcase and the networking we did at IPAY Showcase will lead to bookings. It was inspiring to meet colleagues from all around the world and to share experiences."
The performers of 'BB' interacting with the babies in the audience. Photo: Erwin Maas
The cast of Wonderland Collective's 'BB'
Director Makiko Ito in front of the Caplan Recital Hall. Photo: Julie Laderach