Suzan Boogaerdt and Bianca van der Schoot have worked together since completing their studies at the mime department of Amsterdam’s Academy for Theatre and Dance in 1999.
Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot (BVDS) makes expressive, physical, daring and exceedingly visual theatrical installations that revolve around the struggles and challenges people face in today’s media-driven world.
This year, BVDS is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Over the years, we developed into an influential player in the (inter)national theatre landscape. For example, BVDS provided the first Dutch entry for the Venice Theatre Biennale (2017), we presented our work at the Ruhrtriënnale (2015) and we made productions at the Berlin Volksbühne (2017-2020. For the past 8 years, we were affiliated with the Dutch theatre companies TG Oostpool and Theater Rotterdam (both BIS). From 2021, we are working from an independent organisation again and in the coming years we can be found at theatres in the Netherlands and abroad, as well as at festivals. We will be creating and presenting our highly physical work in a museum context as well as at some less obvious locations.
We are currently building a new organisation together with other artists as an alternative to the unwieldy art institutes on the one side and the vulnerable autonomous artist on the other. An association of like-minded artists who are all busy developing inspiring scenarios for the future based on their own craft. Giving free reign to radical imagination together, we are exploring a new hybrid form of organisation to organise cross-discipline encounters in both virtual and real public space. In order to do this, we are merging our back offices, which will allow us to share more knowledge, work more efficiently and be more effective.
The work of BVDS shows corporeality in all its manifestations. Starting with the anarchic tradition of Dutch mime, we built a practice in which we combine several art disciplines and in which we question the assumptions of theatrical space, while cherishing real-life gatherings. We take our collective focus and sensory perceptions to be humans’ most essential and political powers. Especially now, during this much-needed process of transformation towards a more liveable world.