Encounter with Boukje Schweigman

The November Research Lab 2, What Now? Signals with Delay, invited theatre maker Boukje Schweigman to be their artistic mentor. Together they will explore unknown spaces of physicality, sensory and perception and will offer pedagogical bridges of how the participants can link Boukje Schweigman’s specific methodology to their artistic research.

Boukje Schweigman (b. 1974, Zambia) graduated from the Mime Opleiding at Amsterdam’s Academie voor Theater en Dans (University of the Arts) in 2003, having tried various studies in Medicine, History and Acting. On discovering her natural home at the Mime School she realised that she wasn’t interested in the pretence of theatre, but in what was happening here and now. Here she felt an energy and a higher creative urgency and found a way forward and began to create her own unique artistic voice. In 2008 she started her own company Schweigman&. The work of Schweigman& focuses on the body as the human compass and invites for a performative experiences that restore the connection to our bodies by sharpening all the senses.

Boukje Schweigman’s work is performed in the Netherlands and abroad. Pieces such as Wervel (2005) and Tussen (2010) received nominations for the VSCD Mime Prize, while Spiegel won in 2012 and For The Time Being won in 2018. Her latest work is the performative light installation Spectrum which she has conceived together with designer and visual artist Cocky Eek. In 2020, it was presented by Afzender Boulevard in Den Bosch and SPRING in Autumn festival.