February 13, 2012
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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents—with the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Fund for the Performing Arts, the Carol R. Brown Performance Fund, Joan Humphrey, an Anonymous Donor, Gemeente Rotterdam – dienst Kunst en Cultuur, Fonds Podiumkunsten, and Norma Fonds—Wunderbaum’s world premiere of Detroit Dealers February 23-25, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. at the Trust Arts Education Center. This premiere is part of the Pittsburgh-based Distinctively Dutch Festival.* Detroit Dealers features Wunderbaum theater-makers Walter Bart and Maartje Remmers, as well as a special appearance by Rosemarie Wilson.
Walter Bart opens Detroit Dealers with the story of his grandfather, Arie Bart. Set in the 1950s Dutch town of Hilversum where Arie owns a car dealership, the story follows him on a business trip to the mother company General Motors in Detroit. There he becomes romantically involved with an American soul singer. In a cross-over of dramatized documentary, theatre, and music, Arie Bart’s remarkable life is juxtaposed with the romance of the American Dream and the transience of the car as a sex symbol.
Wunderbaum is a Dutch-Flemish group of actors who create drama using location-based themes and an exploration of sub-cultures in society. Previously they have delved into the roles of a family on social security (Eindhoven de gekste, 2003), would-be religious fanatics (Kamp Jezus, 2008), romantics with a great urge for self-sacrifice (Magna plaza, 2006), and British football supporters on a booze-up holiday in Odessa (Beertourist, 2008). Most common of the Wunderbaum repertoire is the tension between ideologies and the difficult transition thereof to the actual daily reality. Critically acclaimed, Wunderbaum has received the Proscenium prize (2010) and the Mary Dresselhuys prize (2007) for its work. Additionally, they have been selected for the annual Dutch/Flemish Theatre festival for Natives II (2011), Rail Gourmet (2010), Tien Geboden (2009), and Kamp Jezus (2008).
Credits and Biographies for Detroit Dealers
Actors, Makers Walter Bart, Maartje Remmers (Wunderbaum) With Rosemarie Wilson; Music Bo Koek; Musicians Jens Bouttery, Andrew Claes; Film, Set Design Gerbrand Burger; Light Design, Technician Manuel Boutreur; Sound Technician Danny Hoogveld; Costume Advise Lotte Goos; Cameraman Film Tibor Dingelstad; Production Wunderbaum; Co-production Rotterdamse Schouwburg, NTGent, Holland Festival, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust – as part of its 2012 Distinctively Dutch Festival.
With the support of Gemeente Rotterdam – dienst Kunst en Cultuur, Fonds Podiumkunsten, Norma Fonds, Stichting DOEN
Special thanks to: Mimi Bart, Charyse Bailey, Cory Cope, Bob Fitzgerald, Heijmans NV, Elsbeth Kasteel, Rachel Lutz, Bobby Moore, Cameron Moore, Markita Moore, Omari Moore, Andrew Newton, Jennifer Owen, Doc Richey, Lydia Widing, Jean Wilson and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust team.
Detroit Dealers is supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL.
Wunderbaum – actors / makers
Based in Rotterdam, Wunderbaum is a Dutch-Flemish group of five actors who work collectively, together with a designer and a dramaturge, as well as musicians, writers, photographers and film producers. Chameleonic, collaborative, and often site-specific, the performances of Wunderbaum take on many shapes resulting in newly discovered theater forms combined with a fresh look at humankind and society. Wunderbaum tours internationally on a regular basis, also in the U.S. In 2010, they created the performance Looking for Paul in REDCAT in Los Angeles. This spring, the music theatre performance Songs at the end of the World will be touring to Los Angeles (REDCAT) and Austin, Texas (Fusebox Festival).
Detroit Dealers actors Walter Bart and Maartje Remmers are members of Wunderbaum. Apart from their work with Wunderbaum – for more than 10 years now – they have been involved in other projects in theatre, as well as in film and television.
For the performance Detroit Dealers, Wunderbaum invited several guests, including Detroit-based Rosemarie Wilson.
Rosemarie Wilson, also known as One Single Rose, is a Detroit native who has become an award-winning poet, writer, advice columnist, singer, actress, and advocate for integrity and fidelity. For the past 20 years, Wilson has been employed at top law firms in Michigan and she freelances in her spare time. She is the proud parent of a miniature dachshund, Remy Black. In November 2010, she was named “Poet of the Month” in From a Writer’s Point of View magazine. She also is listed in the fourth edition of Who’s Who in Black Detroit. Also in 2010, she was named Poetry Author of the Year and New & Upcoming Poet of the Year at the 1st Annual National Poetry Awards ceremony in Raleigh, North Carolina. (www.onesinglerose.com/about-the-author.php)
Gerbrand Burger - set design and film
Gerbrand Burger is an artist based in Amsterdam, initiator of WAAR (www.waarprojects.org), and is owner of Gerbrand Burger Studio. Central themes in his work are mutual perception of cultures, notions of place and location, migration and identity. These themes are explored in various media such as film, photography, drawing, installation and objects. Gerbrand Burger studied fine arts at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and Cooper Union in New York, and took part in the studio program of De Ateliers and several artist residencies around the world. Gerbrand Burger Studio integrates the development and production of artistic projects with a wide range of services for galleries, museums, collectors, artists and art institutions.
Bo Koek - music
After graduating cum laude from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Bo played in several bands including Track and Kopna Kopna. With the last he worked together with Tom Pintens (Zita Swoon) and Wunderbaum (Lost Chord Radio) and released the album Like You (2004). Together with Rik Elstgeest and John van Oostrum, he founded music theatre group Touki Delphine, under the wings of Veenfabriek. Bo wrote Six Parts for an Imaginary Movie for Veenfabriek’s Sirene Orchestra and film music (including for the movie Geboren en Getogen that won the Grand Prix at the Very Short Film Festival in Paris). Besides that, he worked and performed with Mocky, We'll Make It Right, Gerry Arling and Wunderbaum.
Jens Bouttery - musician
Jens Bouttery started off a musical and theatrical career in academies at the Belgian seaside. He finished his Masters Degree in jazz drums with greatest distinction at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. In the meantime, Jens played and composed for theatre productions such as Kamp Jezus and Rail Gourmet by theatre collective Wunderbaum, Hete Tenen with his sister actress Lise Bouttery, and Concerto by performance artist Ivo Dimchev. Jens created soundtracks for short-films such as Gerrits Kerstige Katharsis by Daan Milius and the multiple award-winning Misschien Later by Moon Blaisse. His current bands and projects are Winchovski, Tsu Tsu Trio, Les Chroniques de l’Inutile, as well as dance performance Alpha Boys by Club Guy & Roni, Caligula by Mokhallad Rhasem, and Detroit Dealers by Wunderbaum. With Franka’s Poolparty, Jens won the title for best solo player at the Brussels Jazz Marathon XLJazz Contest 2011. In 2011, Jens also won the Toots Thielemans Jazz Award for his latest audiovisual project, The Dubtapes, a collaboration with Daan Milius and played by the Jens Maurits Orchestra.
Andrew Claes - musician
Andrew Claes is an Antwerp (Belgium)-based musician focusing on mainly saxophones, EWI, digital percussion and modular software. His main groups are BRZZVLL, STUFF and his solo/visual performance Internal Sun. Exploring various musical styles and media, Andrew performed in many jazz clubs and festivals worldwide and made appearances on national television and radio stations. He recorded and co-produced several tracks and records with his bands, has projects ranging from techno to free jazz, and occasionally works for theatre and film productions.
Individual tickets ($30) can be purchased online at www.trustarts.org/dutchfestival, by calling (412) 456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Group tickets can be purchased by calling (412) 471-6930.
A CONVERSATION WITH WUNDERBAUM
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in partnership with Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Thursday, February 16, 8 p.m., Trust Arts Education Center
Join director Walter Bart and members of Wunderbaum in a creative conversation about the collaborative and interdisciplinary process of theater making and performance.
Based in Rotterdam, Wunderbaum is a group of actors who work collectively, together with a designer and a dramaturge, as well as musicians, writers, photographers and film producers. Chameleonic, collaborative and often site-specific, the performances of Wunderbaum take on many shapes resulting in newly discovered theatre forms combined with new interests in humankind or social themes. Through the examination of literature, documentary, people and place, the group explores the friction between group interests or individual interests, interests that might be public or strictly personal. Call 412-394-3353 to register for this free event.
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