The supporters of Assitej NL:
Theater companies and individual makers for young Audiences make artistically valuable plays, combining different genres and sources of inspiration, for audiences ranging from toddlers to teenagers.
With drama, dance, music, mime, cabaret, puppetry and opera, the doors of the theatres in the Netherlands are wide open to a multicultural public, ranging from toddlers to teenagers. The diversity of the work on offer and the age range provided for are becoming increasingly wider. At one end of the growth curve, the repertoire for age 15 and up merges with that for the adult theatergoer. At the other end, the repertoire for age 2 and up is on the increase, providing theatre for an audience that is barely out of nappies yet.
iPet – BonteHond for 2+
The established theater companies for young Audiences are spread throughout the country and, in principle, every province has at least one company of its own that specializes in young people’s theater. A part of them receive structural subsidy from the government for four-year periods to make performances for the school circuit and theatres. In 2012, subsidized theater for young audiences in the Netherlands embraces some thirty companies and work places besides the performing arts for a young audience created by companies from the adult circuit. In 2013 this landscape is changed dramatically. The government decided to make big cuts in the Performing Arts and Theatre for Young Audiences and the educational system around that, was not spared. A lot of subsidized and non-subsidized groups have to look for new ways to survive, in making smaller scale shows, to find sponsors or other funding, or make new alliances either with (adult) theatre groups or other theater disciplines. To work together and to built strong audiences in your own area is more important than ever.
Some puppeteers are also organized in Unima-NVP. In ASSITEJ NL we did also invite professional puppeteers who work for young audiences to become a member.