new theater makers

In 2021, Theater Babel Rotterdam had the opportunity to give 6 new theater makers the chance to gain experience in inclusive theater. These theater makers were coached by writer/dramaturg Erik Ward Geerlings and director/manager Paul Röttger.


In February, circus artist Carina Klingsell made the performance Moving Portraits, with the support of Fonds Podiumkunsten.


In May, we presented two new performances by theater maker Merel Mathijssen and choreographer Rohiet Tjon Poen Gie via livestream. You can watch the recording of this livestream here.


In June, we closed off the season with productions by Otto(line) Calmeijer Meijburg, Saskia Meulendijks and Maria Sartzetaki. Also, Moving Portraits by Carina Klingsell was repeated. These shows were presented in front of a live audience and were broadcast via livestream as well.


Performance dates:


Saturday 12, 19 and 26 June



Theater Babel Rotterdam

Eendrachtsstraat 81



The program was as follows:


the concert

Otto(line) Calmeijer Meijburg


How do you find your way back after a year of isolation? An enchanting, poetic concert, where sounds and bodies try to become one from a distance.



moving portraits

Carina Klingsell


Dance performance in which two performers from Babel and a circus artist engage in a movement dialogue, starting from each own’s individuality, their unique features.




Saskia Meulendijks


Can you see on the outside who someone really is on the inside? This question is investigated by actors of Babel and students of the MBO Theaterschool during an intensive collaboration.



engine burn slow

Maria Sartzetaki


In ENGINE BURN SLOW the performers let their imagination manifest through physicality. Treated as a vessel, the body shrinks and expands, resists and gives in. ENGINE BURN SLOW is a series of projections of tangible and intangible spaces.

*All the movement material was created in collaboration with the performers. The music is by Robin Becker.




Want to know more about the new theater makers?


Brecht interviewed the new theater makers about their process, what they found out, what they found difficult and how they experienced inclusive theater. You can watch these interviews here.




Next to the filmed interviews, there are also written interviews with the new theater makers. These interviews were written at the start of their process. Read the interview with


  • Maria Sartzetaki here
  • Otto(line) Calmeijer Meijburg here
  • Saskia Meulendijks here
  • Merel Mathijssen here
  • Rohiet Tjon Poen Gie here

production in pictures

  • performance Merel Mathijssen

  • performance Merel Mathijssen

  • performance Merel Mathijssen

  • performance Rohiet Tjon Poen Gie (repetitie)

  • performance Rohiet Tjon Poen Gie (repetitie)

  • performance Carina Klingsell

  • performance Carina Klingsell