My name is Elze
van den Akker and I am a Dutch object theatre-maker, scenographer and illustration artist.
I studied Objecttheater at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten
in Amsterdam and graduated in 1995. I have worked since with national and international theatre groups such as Groupe Zur, Das Letzte Kleinod, Christina de Châtel, Feike Boschma, Dogtroep,
Tryater and De Jonge Republiek.
My specialities are visual and site-specific theatre. I
design and make puppets, objects, costumes as well asfully immersiveenvironments. My designs start from the emotional value of the
character or story of the play. I then decide which materials and colours are needed. My work can and has been described as inventive, innovative and playful.
in 2021 I started working as an illustrator too. The old
theatre-scripts I use tomake witty, quirky and
joyful paper-cut illustrations.Many of my illustrationscan be described as theatrical. I like telling a story with just one
image. My audience are human beings who dance in the living room, love to travel, eat ice cream or drink hot coffee, cry whilst hearing good music, and do not mind some rain.
It might not be a surprise my theatreworks are a big
inspiration for my illustration art and vice versa. In another life I also made design products from discarded plastic packaging under the name of Pou-Belle Design. More about that you can read