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  2013 De Kus - Het Gevolg
 

direction: Ignace Cornelissen, actors: Hilde Heynen and Ivan Pecnik, set and lighting design: Niek Kortekaas


  2013 Een ideale vrouw - De La Mar producties
 

direction: Antoine Uitdehaag, sets: Niek Kortekaas


  2012 Woef Side Story - Ro Theater
 

Nominated for the Gouden Krekel, a price for the best show by a youth theatre season 2011-2012

direction: Pieter Kramer, set and lighting design: Niek Kortekaas


  2012 Even geduld Aub!
 

For his new theatre production "Even geduld Aub!" stand-up comedian Jochem Myjer plays in a surprising scenery designed by Niek Kortekaas, inspired by "a composer's statue".

Begin Spannend Hahaha Hiep Hiep Tralala Hoera Hoera Pannenkoek Stroopwafel Stewardessen Chips Vakantie Boem Boem Mijn Dag Hahaha Chocoladetruffels Lol Hotdog Zon Hahahaha Cocktail Zee Blauw Zingen Gnoe Pauze Even Geduld Aub! Lalalala Lachen Pret Hihi Lol Hahaha Gein Dansen Poep Liedjes Nijlpaard Likkoekjes Snik Boehoe Zucht Steun Puf Hahaha Sjonge Sjonge Bier Bitterballen Einde  “ Jochem Myjer”

scenography: Niek Kortekaas


  2012 Het geheugen van water - De La Mar producties

  2012 Buddy Holly - Albert Verlinde Entertainment
 

direction: Peter de Baan, sets: Niek Kortekaas


  2012 Treasures - Ashton Brothers
 

lighting design: Niek Kortekaas with Claus de Hartog


  2011 Augustus : Oklahoma - Utrechtse Spelen
 

The premiere of this production staged in May 2011, and Niek Kortekaas designed an abstracted house for it. The house, built out of multiple floors and layers, stimulates the actors. A short preview ...


  2011 The elektra files - Theatergroep Siberia
 

sets: Niek Kortekaas


  2010 Hamlet - Utrechtse Spelen
 

For Hamlet, Niek Kortekaas designed a compelling space, that transformed the horse cathedral as a whole to the English House of Commons. The centre piece of the design was a massive wooden table of 16 meters, which was flooded during Ophelia’s suicide.

Cast : Eran Ben-Michaël, Klaas Postmus, Shertise Solano, Anne Stam, George Tobal, Floris Verkerk, direction: Jos Thie, adaptation/playwriting: Corien Baart, translation: Bert Voeten, choreography: Hildegard Draaijer, Sassan Saghar Yaghmai, sets: Niek Kortekaas, music: Wim Selles, lighting: Jaak Van de Velde, costumes: Dorien de Jonge


  2010 Moord in de Kerststal - Ro Theater
 

For the third time in a row, Niek Kortekaas cooperates with Pieter Kramer, for a family play by the RO theater, with a script by Arjen Ederveen. The team presents the 2000-year old Nativity story in an original way.

tekst: Arjen Ederveen, regie: Pieter Kramer, scenografie: Niek Kortekaas


  2010 Oog om oog - Hummelinck Stuurman
 

Theatrical adaptation of Dead Men Walking

Lighting and sets: Niek Kortekaas, actors: Viktor Löw and Linda van Dijk


  2009 Reis rond de wereld - Zuidelijk Toneel
 

Niek Kortekaas designed a spectacular set: a steel elephant of three metres high and a scene that can be played in the rafters of the theatre, where we can make Bert Visscher fly. De Reis om de wereld in 80 dagen is a performance that shows an exciting fusion of theatre and cabaret.

script: Han Römer, direction: Matthijs Rümke , actors: Joep van Deudekom, Nanette Edens, Peter Heerschop, Mark Kraan/Jeroen De Man, José Kuijpers, Han Römer, Bert Visscher, Viggo Waas, acrobatics: Jolinde Nijland, Tarik Rammo, Salim and Roos (duo Musa), music: Joep van Deudekom, Eddie B. Wahr, scenography: Niek Kortekaas, costume design: Catherine Cuykens, lighting design: Niek Kortekaas, Remko van Wely, playwriting: Martine Manten, costumes: Judith Abels, Marja Pulles, Jolanda van de Ven, Jeanette van Vliet, hair and make-up: Sara Meerman, props: Sjoerd Kortekaas


  2009 De ingebeelde zieke - Utrechtse spelen
 

For De ingebeelde zieke, Niek Kortekaas searched for inspiration by the “anatomical theatre”. The main character becomes hypochondric after literally being filleted and exposed in this space. As a reference to the time of Molière, the modern tribune of the anatomical theatre was divided by painted cloths, thus generating a trompe-l’oeil effect as in the baroque theatre of Moliére. A huge folding screen from a hospital created magnificent silhouettes and effects. All around this image, a monumental rack had been built, where hundreds of bedpans and urine samples were displayed.

direction: Jos Tie, set: Niek Kortekaas


  2009 All Tomorrows Parties Andy Warhol - Theater Bonn
 

The subjects of this play are the live of Andy Warhol, and the Velvet Underground. The scenography was inspired on Warhol’s “silver factory”: all the walls and the floor were made out of reflecting materials. The space was supported by four enlarged injection needles, which at the end of the play were pumped full of blood.

director: Ivar van Urk, set: Niek Kortekaas


  2009 Snorro - Ro Theater
 

For the second time, Niek Kortekaas designs a set for Pieter Kramer: Snorro, the masked hero. A cave for Snorro, a Mexican village, a goldmine, the hacienda… Nothing but compliments from public and press!

set and lighting: Niek Kortekaas


  2009 Krijg nou Titus - Theatergroep Siberia Rotterdam
 

Krijg nou Titus is based upon Titus Andronicus by Shakespeare. Niek Kortekaas also cooperates with young, talented theatre producers like Floris van Delft, as he did for Troilus en Cressida, and De Roovers. At the same time, the scene is a palace and a forest.

direction: Floris van Delft, adaptation: Wolter Muller


  2008 Romeo en Julia - Nationaal Toneel den Haag
 

For Romeo and Julia Niek Kortekaas designs two monumental towers out of steel. Together with large transparent cloths, they constantly evocate different locations.

Direction: Johan Doesburg, assistant director: Marjolein Polman, playwriting: Karim Ameur, set: Niek Kortekaas, lighting: Reinier Tweebeeke, costumes: Dorien de Jonge, Iris Elströdt, music: Paleis van Boem, actors: Antoinette Jelgersma, Han Kerckhoffs, Harriët Stroet, Jeroen Spitzenberger, Jochum ten Haaf, Johan Vanderpol, Kevin Schoonderbeek, Marwan Kenzari, Mirjam Stolwijk, Pieter van der Sman, Sophie van Winden, Xander van Vledder


  2008 Pleinvrees - Nationaal Toneel den Haag
 

The scenography is literally like a square on which the lives of the characters coincide, and where they inevitably meet each other.

Script: Alan Ayckbourn, direction: Ivar van Urk, playwriting: Costiaan Mesu, translation: Ger Apeldoorn, Harm Edens, music: Ivar van Urk, styling: Niek Kortekaas, assistant director: Albert van Andel, actors: Eline ten Camp, Jeroen Spitzenberger, Pauline Greidanus, Rian Gerritsen, Stefan de Walle, Xander van Vledder


  2008 Equus - Nationaal Toneel den Haag
 

Script: Peter Shaffer, direction: Johan Doesburg, translation: Johan Boonen, playwritingt: Costiaan Mesu, set and props: Niek Kortekaas, costumes: Dorien de Jonge, music: Harry de Wit, lighting: Reinier Tweebeeke, choreography/video: Betsy Torenbos, actors: Xander van Vledder, Pieter van der Sman, Antoinette Jelgersma, Jobst Schnibbe, Ben Ramakers, Nele van Rompaey, Eva Marie de Waal, Anne Rats (trainee), Jerrel Houtsnee (dance), Maarten van Grootel (dance) Ruben Solognier (dance)


  2008 De Rovers - Friedrich Schiller
 

Set design NNT Groningen

For the occasion, Niek Kortekaas turned the rostrum into an old machine factory, making lateral staging measuring 27 metres. The highwaymen’s wood is a modern-day street scene, while the castle is an abstract highly-polished floor. The two main locations are always in view and divide the stage precisely into front and back, near and far. At the end of the play, the world burns.

Directed by Floris van Delft, players Martijn de Rijk, Aafke Buringh, Joris Smit, Guus Boswijk, Justus van Dillen, Iwan Walhain, Neal Lewis, Rick-Paul van Mulligen


  2008 De Ashton Brothers - Charlatans A Medicine Show
 

Directed by Peter de Baan, Peter de Jong variety consultant

Regie Peter de Baan, Peter de Jong varietéadvies

The Ashton Brothers are: Pepijn Gunneweg, Pim Muda, Joost Spijkers and Friso van Vemde Oudejans set design Jan Arentz


  2007 Levende Doden Laura Wade
 

Set, lighting and costume design, Nationale Toneel Den Haag.

Niek Kortekaas made an enormous rectangular box with cardboard walls, one wall of which was always removed to give a view onto the different scenes in the play. By means of black and white prints scenes like a self-storage unit, a garage, an apartment and a hotel room are shown. Directed by Ivar van Hurk.

Players Anniek Pheifer Jeroen Spitzenberger Matteo van der Grijn Pauline Greidanus Pieter van der Sman Sabrina van Halderen Tijn Docter


  2007 De Graaf van Monte Christo - Nationale Toneel den Haag
 

Voor de graaf van Monte Christo is een groot deel van de set gebouwd rond geschilderde fragmenten van oude theaterdecors, die gedragen op abstracte stalen rol en rijvolumes, de verschillende locaties in het stuk suggestief weergeven. De schilderingen werden allemaal zwart wit op doek geschilderd door Mark van Helde een van de laatste doekschilders in Nederland.

Regie: Johan Doesburg, decor en licht: Niek Kortekaas


  2007 Billie Holiday
 

Set and lighting design V&V Albert Verlinde Roel Vente

Niek Kortekaas designed a uniform space for this musical theatre production with, as a starting point, a recording studio, which functions as a framework for the five-man orchestra.Left and right of the podium sections of dressing rooms can be seen, in the middle foreground on the stage lies a small round podium, which is the stage for Billie’s singing numbers; with simple furniture props and curtains and a neon light with Billie Holiday’s signature plus two large interchangeable photos the room changes from small to large. From jazz bar to concert stage, from sitting room to dressing room.

Directed by Peter de Baan, players Edwin Jonker, Samora Bergtop, Casper Gimbrere and a five-man live orchestra supporting Ruth Jacott. For the lighting Niek Kortekaas worked with Coen van der Hoeven.


  2007 Nachtmuziek (night music)
 

Set, lighting and costume design, Het Paleis Antwerp

For trumpeter Sam Vloemans Niek Kortekaas designed a unique setting for his concert - the audience was seated on an enormous diagonal roof, from where they watched and listened to Nachtmuziek.

With and by Sam Vloemans (trumpet) Henk de Laat (bass) Mike Roelofs (piano) Tom Verschoore (trombone) Fran Peeters (guitar)


  2007 Etrangé Etrangère
   

Decor en Lichtontwerp Zuiderpershuis Antwerpen

Strange Stranger takes place somewhere in the world, in a fictitious country. It is a confrontation between different people voicing their own truth about the problem of 'strangers'; a problem that we have to deal with not only in the North, but also in the South. Niek Kortekaas designed a café that could be equally found in Brussels or Africa.

Directed by Charles Cornet and Hilde Uiterlinden Players: Rifi Kythouka, Isnelle Ange da Silveira, Ouedraogo Nongodo (Burkina Faso) and Pingdwinde Paul Zoungrana (Burkina Faso)


  2007 Straat
 

Scenography and lighting design, Het Gevolg, Turnhout

The scenography consists of a rolling volume of recuperated front doors, which can easily be used as exterior or interior. A fixed pivot assures swift changes.


  2006 Tando
 

Scenography, dance company Krisztina de Châtel, Amsterdam

Earth. European and African earth. Our roots and theirs, a complex whole of differences and similarities. Dance company Krisztina de Châtel and dance company Salia nï Seydou, from Burkina Faso, create Tando together. Niek Kortekaas designs a simple indicative scenography, a slightly sloping circle with a diameter of 9 metres, the earth. A moon, painted onto a round piece of gauze functions as counterpoint.


  2006 Othello
 

Lighting design, Nationaal Toneel Den Haag. Directed by Johan Doesburg


  2006 Troilus en Cressida
 

Scenography, Noord Nederlands Toneel. Directed by Floris Van Delft


  2006 Oresteia
 

Lighting design, Nationaal Toneel Den Haag. Directed by Johan Doesburg. Opening night: March 2006


  2006 Koken met Elvis
 

Scenography and lighting design
Het Gevolg, Turnhout - Directed by Ignace Cornelis

Between family drama and Las Vegas, plain silver living cubicles that effortlessly become part of a glitter show.


  2005 AJAX
 

Scenography

Noord Nederlands Toneel Groningen

Directed by Jos Tie

The scenography for Ajax is very simple but indicative: a huge bleu UNO tent in which 80 coffins are used as the stage. Working with real Dutch Bat veterans gave the piece an up-to-date, but also timeless meaning. After the famous suicide of Ajax the scene was literally dismantled, leaving only the skeleton of the tent. Plainly fenced off with red and white ribbon, a new space took shape. The use of video projection was also very important: the testimonies of the veterans were translated into images in a monumental way.

Cast a.o. Jeroen de Man as Ajax


  2005 Democraten
 

Scenography and lighting design

Nationaal Toneel Den Haag NL

Directed by Peter de Baan

For Michaël Frane’s ‘Democraten’, Niek Kortekaas creates a landscape of typically East German desks reminiscent of not only the Communist Party offices, but also of the order and regularity of the famous ‘Deutsche Gründlichkeit’. Monumental filing cabinets filled with binders, files and documents are hanging above the scene: the bureaucracy characteristic of politics. At the end of the play, when the Berlin Wall comes down, all the papers, binders and files fall from the cabinets onto the desk landscape.

Cast a.o. Huub Stapel, Stefan van Walle and Nico de Vries


  2005 Nijinsky a painting
 

Direction, scenography and lighting design
(Grand Theatre Groningen& Diaghilev festival Groningen)

A location project around star dancer Nijinsky. The scenography was born from the idea that we only know Nijinsky from 2D material: photographs. Nijinsky lived in a time that was not only revolutionary for music, but also for dance and painting. That is why Kortekaas chose to create a flat almost 2 dimensional image, a painting. Within the latter 8 dancers evoke the life of Nijinsky, while they interact with video images made by visual artist Piet Dieleman. Dielman uses a pencil to slowly draw (live) a death mask taking Nijinsky’s diary notes as a starting point: Nijinsky’s schizophrenia. Georges De Decker composed a ‘surround’ mother tape in four movements: youth, education, the years of success and the mental ‘downdrain’ of Nijinsky. Additional to this mother tape there were live musicians: percussion, piano, trumpet and vocals. Working with different talents within one frame, namely that of a painting, makes ‘Nijinsky a painting’ a real Gesammtkunstwerk..

Composer: Georges De Decker, Piano: Jaap Dieleman
Counter tenor: Garry Boyce, Percussion: Sytze Pruiksma
Trumpet: Bart Maris, Video artist: Bea de Visser
Visual artist: Piet Dieleman, Voice: Lucas Vande Vost
Choreography: Sarah Wicktorowitz in cooperation with the Ronnie Haver dancers, Bruno Catalano, Eva Puschendorf, Philipp Fricke, Peter Cseri, Yvonne Weschke and Ronald Wintjes, Video dancer/ choreographer: Jean-Guillaume Weis.


  2005 De Jantjes
 

Scenography
Joop van den Ende Theaterproducties Directed by Dick Hauser


  2005 Norway Today
 

Scenography
Het Gevolg, Turnhout Directed by Ianca Fleerackers


  2004 I-Space
 

Scenography and costume
Dance company Krisztina de Châtel, Spui Theater Den Haag


  2004 Nosferatu
 

Coaching, scenography and lighting design
Wereld Cultuurcentrum Zuiderpershuis, Antwerpen

Cast: Hilde Uyterlinde and Charles Cornette, Musical direction and composition: Georges De Decker


  2004 Veldslag voor een Man alleen, Tom Lanoye
 

Coaching, scenography and lighting design

A theatre production by KVS Brussels and NV Lanoye, from and with Tom Lanoye. Based on Lanoye’s Monster Trilogy.

The scenography represents a Flemish scenery with subtle hints of the different locations of the play.

Dramaturgist: Jan Goosens (KVS Brussels)
Video artist: Toon Van Ishoven
DJ & soundscapes: Paul Mennes


  2004 Kenig Lear
 

Scenography
Tryater, Directed by Jos Tie.
Fries Paardencentrum Drachten - Location project


  2003 De omloop van de Lage Landen
   

Scenography
De nieuwe Snaar, Directed by Lucas van den Eynde


  2003 Don Juan
   

Lighting design
Het Gevolg Turnhout, Directed by Ignace Cornelissen


  2003 Ship of Troy
 

Direction, scenography and lighting design
Niek Kortekaas (Amsterdam over het IJ-Festival)

Location project based on Purcell’s ‘Dido & Aeneas’.

Niek Kortekaas builds a 80-meter ship out of canvas and scaffolding on the former work island Neeltje Jans. He uses the same ship of the production ‘De Man in the Boot’, but in totally new way. The Baroque instruments are replaced by two copper quartets, the basso continuo by a bass trombone and accordion.

Musical direction: Theo Mertens, Additional prologue composed by Bert Joris, Casting and repetiteur: Jaap Dieleman, Percussion: Sytze pruiksma, Accordion: Gwen Cresens, Bass trombone: Carlo Mertens, Singers: Ruby Philogene, Robert Musse Aeneas, Vallérie Guillorit Belinda, Sorceress: Hiroko Mogaki, Sailor: Frank Fritschy
Choir: The Rake’s Progress, Costume: Sabine Kummeling, Dramaturgist: Alex Mallems


  2003 Nieuwjaarsconcert Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
   

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Frank Alsema, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, VPRO


  2002 Bobo in Paradise
 

Scenography and lighting design
Dance company Hush Hush Hush
Stadsschouwburg Brugge, Choreography: Abdel Sarrokh


  2002 Barbaroi, Kamiel Van Hole
 

Direction, scenography and lighting design
Niek Kortekaas and Guido Wevers (MMT)

A trilogy for MMT in Mechelen, co-directed with Guido Wevers, based upon a text by Kamiel Van Hole.

Composer: Bo Spaenc, Costume: Sabine Kummeling, The complete MMT ensemble


  2001 Eierdanks, Peer Wittenbols
   

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Ignace Cornelissen (Theater Oostpool)


  2001 Ship of Troy
 

Direction, scenography and lighting design
Niek Kortekaas (Zeeland Nazomer Festival)


  2000 Autis in Onan, Anne Vegter
   

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Barbara van den Driesche (Theater Antigone)


  2000 Racing Sladek, Filip van Luchene
     
  Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Jos Verbist

  2000 Dodendans, August Strindberg
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Ignace Cornelissen (Het Gevolg)


  1999 De Man in de Boot
 

Direction, scenography and light design
Niek Kortekaas (Monty/ De Zomer van Antwerpen)

Coproduction Theater Monty & De Zomer van Antwerpen, at the former Cockeril Yards, Hoboken Antwerp.

Niek Kortekaas builds a ship filled with water in a 300 meters long assembly hall. The audience walks past different scenes, inspired by important world events. At the end of the play the audience itself boards the ‘last’ boat.

Cast: a.o. Garry Boyce, Isnel Da Silvera, Lucas Smolders, Toon Van Ishoven, Greta van Langendonck and Maarten Wansink, DJ: Daniel Jansen, Dramaturgist: Alex Mallems


  1999 Het Bloed, Sergi Belbel
 

Direction and scenography
Niek Kortekaas (NTG Gent)

The central idea of this scenography consists of a square black box with 4 walls in each of which a rectangular looking frame is positioned, like a display-window. The four windows have simply been painted in red, green, white and blue. The hostage taking happens by jumping from display to display. The audience follows the action standing up in the middle of the box, like hostages themselves.

Cast: Tom Van Bauwel, Lucas Smolders, Magdalena Pwryzeck, Lorenza Goos and Mieke de Groote, DJ: Daniel Jansen, Costume design: Sabina Kummeling, Lighting: Jaak Vandevelde


  1999 Het Aards Paradijs, Tennessee Williams
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Ignace Cornelissen (Het Gevolg)


  1998 La Strada, Pinelli/Filip Vanluchene
 

Direction and scenography
Niek Kortekaas (NTG Gent)

Filip van Luchene rewrote Pinelli’s script (Felinni) for the stage. Jaap Dieleman transposes Nino Rotta`s film score to two grand pianos.

Niek Kortekaas’ scenography is a space, which has an actual street made out of cobblestones The stage is enclosed by a metal structure and one single steel cable is stretched 4 metres above de scene.

Arranger, pianist: Jaap Dieleman, Piano: Roelof van Rheenen, Cast: Elise Bundervoet Gelsomina, Marc Peeters Zampano, Brecht Callewaert the Fool, Greta Van Langendonck several parts, Choir of 15 extras and acrobats, Costume design: Sabina Kummeling, Lighting: Jaak Vandevelde


  1998 Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Christopher Hampton
 

Direction and scenography
Niek Kortekaas (NTG Gent)

A landscape of ballet barres and a square polished natural wooden stage. The players evolve within this landscape and the rest of the stage as if between the front room and the salon, the training and rehearsal studio and boxing ring. The different locations are enclosed in one space. In between the scenes, a counter tenor sings cadenzas of Glück. The costumes are abstract versions of the corset. The only attributes on stage are forty stainless steel containers on wheels filled with water and talcum powder.

Tenor: Garry Byce, Cast: Guy Van Sande Valmont, Mieke De Groote Merteuil, Hilde Heynen mme de Tourvel, Greta Van Langendonck mme de Rosemonde, Costume design: Sabina Kummeling, Lighting: Jaak Vandevelde


  1998 Jevgeni Onegin Poeskin
   

Scenography and lighting design
INS/Zuiderpershuis


  1997 Woyzeck, Georg Büchner
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Peter de Baan (RO Theater)


  1997 John Gabriel Borkman, Henrik Ibsen
   

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Peter de Baan (RO Theater)


  1997 Closer (tot op het bot), Patrick Marber
 

Direction and scenography
Niek Kortekaas (NTG Gent)

Translated by Paul Mennes, ‘Closer’ is a real actors’ piece.

Niek Kortekaas designs the stage to give the actors as much freedom as possible: a sloping catwalk where scenes develop and follow each other at high speed. At the end of the performance a gigantic tomb is unveiled.

Cast: Guy Van Sande, Mieke De Groote, Maarten Wansink and Elise Bundervoet, Costume design: Sabine Kummeling, Lighting: Jaak Vandevelde


  1997 Midzomernachtsdroom, William Shakespeare
 

Direction and scenography
Niek Kortekaas (NTG Gent)

Niek Kortekaas is given the chance to direct the opening production of the NTG, by Jean Pierre de Decker, its new artistic manager.

The scenography is simple and indicative: an abstract palace, the first floor linked to the balcony of the typically Italian theatre at the Sint- Baafs Cathedral. This way the actors can easily move from the stage into the audience and vice versa by using a floating landing attached to the first balcony. Niek Kortekaas chooses to work with two Puck’s: a male and a female. Central in this scenography is the huge full moon, which slowly appears and then disappears again.

Cast: Tom Van Landuyt, Mathias Sercu, Hilde Heynen, Elise Bundervoet, Mieke De Groote, Eddy Verycke, Daan Hughaart, Marc Peeters, Luc d`Heu, Brecht Callewaert and the senior students of the Conservatorium Ghent, Costume design: Sabine Kummeling, Lighting: Jaak Vandevelde


  1997 A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
 

Direction and scenography
Niek Kortekaas (NTG Gent)

‘Violence as a sports’ is the starting point for the space that Niek Kortekaas designed for this production: a shiny, white space alluding to a gym. The players and extras open the piece with “Alle Menschen werden Brüder” and sing Beethoven songs throughout the play. The different locations are visualized through a big scoreboard.

Cast: Tom Van Landuyt, Elise Bundervoet, Marc Peeters, Mieke De Groote, Fabrice de la Cluse, Mieke Bockstael, Luc d’Heu, the senior students of the Conservatorium Ghent and 15 extras, Costume design: Sabine Kummeling
Lighting: Jaak Vandevelde, Musical director: Jaap Dieleman


  1996 Torch Song Trilogy, Harvey Fierstein
   

Scenography
Directed by Jean-Pierre De Decker (KNS Antwerpen)


  1996 De Bezette Stand, Paul Van Ostayen
   

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by François Beuckelaers (International Nieuwe Scène)


  1996 Kalldewey Farce, Botho Strauss
 

Scenography and lighting design
Jos Verbist (KVS Brussel)


  1996 De Trojaanse Vrouwen, Euripides
   

Scenography
Directed by Hubert Damen (KNS Antwerpen)


  1995 Verhalen uit het Weense Woud, Ödon von Horvath
 

Directed by Jaak Vandevelde (NTG Gent)


  1995 Leatherface, Helmuth Krauser
   

Scenography
Directed by Yves bombay (KVS Brussel)


  1995 Kasimir en Caroline, Ödon von Horvath
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Hubert Damen (Antigone)


  1995 Grote Kinderen, Jean Cocteau
   

Scenography
Directed by Jean Pierre de Decker (NTG Gent)


  1994 Oedipus/In Kolonos, Hugo Claus
 

Scenography
Directed by Franz Marijnen (KVS Brussel)


  1994 Roberto Zucco, Jean-Marie Koltes
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Jos Verbist (Antigone Kortrijk)


  1993 De repetitie, Jean Annouilh
 

Scenography
Directed by Hugo Claus (NTG Gent)


  1993 Maline, Ingeborg Bachman
 

Direction, scenography and lighting design
Niek Kortekaas (ARCA)

Mia Grijp asks Niek Kortekaas to collaborate on a play inspired on Ingeborgh Bachman’s work.

For the scenography Niek Kortekaas creates a landscape of 200 chairs that float above the stage on a construction. The players evolve through this landscape by moving from chair to chair; this reflects the unstable and rocky inner life of the characters.

Cast: Mia Grijp, Bert Van Tichelen and Bas Heerkens


  1993 Doodgeestig, Terry Johnson
   

Direction, scenography and lighting design
Niek Kortekaas (ARCA)

A comedy played in an abstract setting: a square (12m by 12m) and a diagonally positioned bench of 9 metres with its axe at the middle of the square. The different scenes and images are evoked by simply rotating the bench, creating new spaces and perspectives. The lighting was four times identically hung.

Cast: Hans Royaard, Mieke De Groote, Daan Van Den Durpel and Anja Van Riet


  1993 What kind of work do they want
   

Direction, scenography and lighting design
Niek Kortekaas (European Drive-In Theatre)

After receiving 1,2 million Belgium francs from the department of culture, instead of the 15 million that was asked for, E.D.I.T. (European drive-in Theatre) decides to try and realize their plans anyway. E.D.I.T. was founded by Niek Kortekaas, Elsemieke Scholte, Peter van Asbroeck and Marcel Otten. With support of ‘de Zomer van Antwerpen’: Michel Morantin, André Schneider, DEE Sound and Jan Stelma (Grand Theatre Groningen), E.D.I.T. decides to try to realize the planned productions: 12 ad hoc productions, one for every month. They end up doing 3.

On the left bank of the Scheldt, E.D.I.T. brings ‘Objects in a Mirror’. Conceived as a drive-in theatre, the audience is guided to the location by tuning their radio into the E.D.I.T. frequency. The voices of the players and the soundscapes are also transmitted using this system. The cars are positioned in a half circle, their engines running during the play. Their headlights provide the lighting on stage. The text was derived from of The Edda, an Icelandic Saga.

Cast: Peter Gorissen, Peter Van Asbroeck, François Beukelaers, Ineke Geerts, Tania Van der Sande, Elsemieke Scholte, Norbert Kaart, Guy Celis, Madeleine...

For What kind of work... and Stationendrama Niek Kortekaas chooses the abandoned NMBS South Station of Antwerp.

Cast: Inneke Geerts, Peter Van Asbroeck, Ingrid Anthonissen, Norbert Kaart, Elsmieke Scholte, Madeleine, Axel d`Haeseleere


  1993 Scetching under difficulties
   

Direction, scenography and lighting design
Niek Kortekaas (European Drive-In Theatre)


  1993 Stationendrama
 

Direction, scenography and lighting design
Niek Kortekaas (European Drive-In Theatre)


  1993 Objects in a mirror are closer than they appear
   

Direction, scenography and lighting design
Niek Kortekaas (European Drive-In Theatre)


  1992 Ze zeggen dat ik dansen kan
   

Scenography and lighting design
choreografie Tamara Huilmand (Springdance Festival)


  1992 Eisernertz
   

Scenography and lighting design
cjoreografie Pieter de Ruiter (Springdance Festival)


  1992 Bouwmeester Solness, Henrik Ibsen
   

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Colin Mc Coll (Nationaal Toneel)


  1992 De Vertraagde Film, Herman Teirlinck
   

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by François Beukelaers (Studio herman Teirlinck)


  1992 The Bronx
 

Direction, scenography and lighting design
Niek Kortekaas (TIE3)

A TIE3 location production next to the sailors’ home in Antwerp.

In an old launderette, three men in conflict: good vs. evil, black vs. white... Originally Niek Kortekaas would only do the scenography, but in the end –at the request of the players- he also successfully took over the direction of the play.

Cast: Gène Bervoets, Peter Van Asbroeck and Karim


  1991 De Man aan het Raam
 

Direction, scenography and lighting design
Niek Kortekaas (Monty)

Niek Kortekaas is invited to make a production by the Monty Antwerpen in co-production with the Grand Theatre.

The former cinema is entirely at his disposal. The whole area from backstage to the former projection room is used in the scenography. Placing the audience in a cage –3 metres above the ground- distorts the traditional viewing pattern.

Cast: Michel Mentens, Guy Cellis, Tamara Huilmand, Elsemieke Scholte, Peter van Asbroeck, Jos Verbist and a child


  1991 Visages Connus Sentiments Melés, Botho Strauss
   

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Jos Verbist (La Salamandre Lille)


  1991 Roberto Zucco, Jean-Marie Koltes
 

Scenography and lighting design
Karst Woudstra (NNT Groningen)


  1991 Cerceau, Viktor Slavkin
 

Scenography and lighting design
Jos Verbist (Nationaal Toneel, Den Haag)


  1990 Imperium
 

Scenography
Kristina de Châtel (Holland Festival/Cie. de Châtel)



  1990 Class enemy
     
  Scenography and lighting design
Directed by jos verbist Theatre de la Salamandre Lille (Fr.)

  1990 Sumbo N.V., Ferdinand Borderwijk
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Lidwien Roothaan (Toneelgroep Amsterdam)


  1990 Derniers Details, Gildas Bourdet
   

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Walter Moeremans (ARCA)


  1990 De Gecroonde leerse, Pjeero Robjee
   

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Hugo van den Berghe (NTG Gent)


  1989 De Indringer, Allan Ayckbourn
   

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Robbe De Hert (NTG Gent)


  1989 Explosion of a Memory, Heiner Muller
 

Direction, scenography and lighting design
Niek Kortekaas (NNT Groningen)

Niek Kortekaas directs his first play at the Noord Nederlands Toneel at the invitation of Pol de Hert, using a text by Heiner Müller, the music of Walter Hus and in collaboration with players like François Beukelaers, Peter van Asbroeck, Ellen ten Damme, Chiel van Berkel... For this piece he builds an abandoned railway station in the Grand Theatre (Groningen). The audience watches the play from above.


  1989 Le Cocu Magnifique, Fernand Crommelinck
   

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by François Beukelaers (KVS Brussel)


  1989 Vier Eenakters, Tsjechov
   

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Pol de Hert (NNT Groningen)


  1989 De Tijd en de Kamer, Botho Strauss
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Herman Gilis en Jos Verbist (ARCA)


  1988 Rats, Paul Pourveur
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Eugène Bervoets (TIE3)


  1988 Het Huis van Bernarda Alba, Lorca
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Ronnie Commisaris (KVS Brussel)


  1988 Prettige Feesten, Allan Ayckbourn
   

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Jappe Claes (ARCA)


  1988 Vrijdag, Hugo Claus
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Sam Bogaerts (Toneelgroep Amsterdam)


  1988 Dualis
   

Scenography
Kristina de Châtel (Cie. de Châtel)


  1987 Ik Ali, Gunther Walraff
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Eugène Bervoets (TIE3)


  1987 Nachtasiel, Maxim Gorki
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Jos Verbist and Jappe Claes (ARCA)


  1987 Nachtwake, Lars Noren
   

Scenography
Directed by Guy Joosten (Zuidelijk Toneel Globe, Eindhoven/BMCie.)


  1986 Neige en Decembre, Jean-Marie Piemme
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by François Beukelaers (Théatre de la place/Varia)


  1986 Regarder les femmes passer, Yves Reynaud
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Pol de Hert (NNT Groningen)


  1986 l'Homme qui avait le soleil dans sa poche, Jean Louvet
   

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by T. Boermans (Zuidelijk Toneel Globe, Eindhoven)


  1986 Medeamateriaal, Heiner Müller
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Pol de Hert (Grand Theatre Producties Jan Stelma)


  1986 De Dood van Empedocles, Hölderlin
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Peter de Baan (Holland festival)


  1985 De Theatermaker, Thomas Bernardt
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Theu Boermans (Zuidelijk Toneel Globe, Eindhoven)


  1985 1 kilo watten
 

Direction, scenography and lighting design
Bellemans, Gorissen en Kortekaas (Grand Theatre Groningen)

After his first scenography in the Netherlands for Globe (Eindhoven), Niek Kortekaas collaborates with Peter Gorissen and Ann Bellemans for ‘1 kilo watten’.

The whole building of the Grand Theatre is used as décor. The theatre is used as a location. Each spectator has his own little cabin with a light bulb and a loudspeaker through which they hear the actors. This peepshow effect was reinforced by the fact that each spectator was flanked on both sides by a picture of one of the players. In fact, it was as if the audience was using the toilet.


  1985 Ah sweet mistery of life, Molière
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by François Beukelaers (Studio Herman Teirlinck)


  1984 Schrebers Moestuin, Lukas B. Suter
   

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Marc Steemans (Brialmont Brussel)


  1984 Eine Winterreise
   

Scenography
Directed by François Beukelaers (Studio herman Teirlinck)


  1983 Remake/Remodel, Marc Didden
   

Scenography
Directed by François Beukelaers (Beursschouwburg Brussel)


  1980 Charkawa, Tone Brulin
   

Scenography
Directed by Tone Brulin (TIE3)

     
   
    II. MUSICAL & FAMILY PRODUCTIONS
     

  2007 Ramses Shaffy de musical
 



  2007 Lang en Gelukkig (Long and Happy)
 

Set design Ro-Theater Rotterdam

Niek Kortekaas worked alongside director Pieter Kramer, in the tradition of the family shows from the Ro-Theater. Don Duyns wrote the script. In the press (here in translation): “And then there is that wonderful, fantastical set by Niek Kortekaas. Nobody is as good at capturing the nostalgia of the theatre, while still managing to achieve something fresh and spectacular”. AD 25 November 2007.

Players: Arjan Ederveen, Alex Klaasen, Sylvia Poorta, Guus dam, Hannah van Lunteren, Dick van den Toorn, Gijs Naber, Hans leendertse.


  2007 Fame
 

English version Stay Tuned Entertainment

Niek Kortekaas designed a rotating set in which to easily show the various scenes in and around the School for Performing Arts. The band was located in the middle of this rotating structure and was permanently on stage, serving as the musical heart of the piece. The structure had one floor and a high level of transparency.

Directed by Barrie Stevens.


  2006 Jungle Book
 

The scenography for Jungle Boek consists of two monumental rolling racks that abstractly visualize the jungle. The players get to manipulate the set themselves. Friezes and a backcloth in all shades of green, made from second-hand clothing, are used to reinforce the image. The second part of the performance is played on and around a small, crashed airplane.

Theaterfamilie BV 2006
Scenography and direction: Niek Kortekaas
Script and lyrics: Ivo de Wijs
Music: Ronny Mossuse

Cast: Nico De Vries, Carolina Dijkhuizen, Gable Roelofsz, Tatiana Belloy, Jeroen van Venrooy, Door van Boekel, Wim van den Driesche and Smadar Mossinos.
Costume design: Sabina Kummeling
Lighting design: Remco van Wely


  2006 Pluk redt de dieren
 

Scenography. Production: Stichting S.I.P.

The scenography for “Pluk redt de dieren” consists of a sketchbook in which the different locations have been drawn. The players turn the pages. Nina Kortekaas translated Niek Kortekaas’ scenographical designs. Her splendid drawings are shown in the sketchbook on stage.


  2005 Pippi Langkous de allersterkste Musical
 

Scenography and direction

This musical was produced by De Theaterfamilie. The scenography was designed around Villa Villekulla, a simple, rotating, flashy house with plenty of room for all possible scenes and fantasy. In both Belgium and the Netherlands the musical received public awards. Niek Kortekaas won two Vlaamse Musical Awards for best creative achievement and best director.

Winning five Johnny Kraaikamp Musical Awards: best female lead for Veerle Baetens, best male and female supporting role for Linneke Lerou and Mickey Tesorro, best creative achievement for Niek Kortekaas and the ANWB public award for best small musical costume design for Sabine Kummeling.

Costume design: Sabine Kummeling, Lighting: Remco van Wely, Composer: Ronny Mosuse, Lyrics: Ivo De Wys, Cast: Hilbert Dijkstra, Albert Klein Kranenburg/Ado Kruizinga, Rein Hoffman, Jetta Starrenburg/Fleur Brusselmans, Sytzke Van der Ster/Karina Mertens, Chiara Tissen Maudy Bremer


  2005 De Grote Vriendelijke Reus
 

Scenography and lighting design
BOS theaterproductie Directed by Peter de Baan


  2004 Stanleyken
 

Direction, scenography and lighting design
figuren theater de Maan, Mechelen

Niek Kortekaas and Bo Spaenc wrote this very original script about the discovery and annexation of Congo by Henry Morton Stanley in the days of Leopold II, the third king of Belgium.

Two attendants tell the story of the discovery of Africa. The river Congo is symbolized by twenty zinc tubs filled with water.

Puppeteer: Paul Contryn, Actor: Nico Sturm, Voice: Lucas Vande Vost


  2004 Scheepsjongens van de Bontekoe
 

Scenography and lighting design
Koninklijke Schouwburg Den Haag
Stichting SIP producties, Directed by Peter de Baan


  2004 Het Mirakel van Hansje Brinker
 

Scenography
Tryater Leeuwarden
Directed by Bruun Kuyt

The scenography for Hansje Brinker is conceived as an expressionistic, black and white image, with a centrally positioned dike. Rich and poor are also portrayed in a graphically very abstract way.


  2003 Footloose
   

Scenography
Directed by Barry Stevens, Fontys Dansacademie Tilburg


  2001 Scholem Alejchem, Anatevka
 

Scenography
Directed by Jaak vandevelde (Festivaria Overmere Donk)


  2000 Ronja de Roversdochter, Astrid Lindgren
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Jos Tie (Tryater)


  2000 De Koning van Katoren, Jan Terlouw
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Peter de Baan (Jaak Senf Producties)


  1999 Peter Pan, James Matthew Barrie
   

Scenography
Directed by Jean-Pierre De Decker (NTG Gent)


  1997 De Tovenaar van Oz, L. Frank Baum
 

Direction and scenography
Niek Kortekaas (Music Hall)

For independent producer Music Hall (Geert Allaert)

For this technically challenging production Niek Kortekaas uses the whole of the machinery of the Antwerp city theatre, built in the German tradition. The stage is 40m by 40m, the stage opening itself is 22m wide, the tornado, munchkin land, the city of Oz are all monumentally translated through this immense scale. The production is a great success and is played before sold-out 2000 seat-theatres every night.

Cast: Johan Verminnen, Katrien De Vos, Daan Van Den Durpel, Jan Steen, Brecht Callewaert, Anne de Winne, Marc Verstraete, A15-person ensemble and a large 19-musician orchestra conducted by Jan Smits, Lighting: Jaak Vandevelde, Costume: Sabine Kummeling


  1997 Jekyll & Hyde
   

Scenography
Directed by Franck Van Laecke (Koninklijk Ballet van Vlaanderen)


  1996 Sacco en Vanzetti, Paul Berkenman en Dirk Brossé
   

scenography
Directed by Stijn Coninckx (Koninklijk Ballet Vlaanderen)


  1996 Het Oneindige Verhaal, Michaël Ende
 

Direction and scenography
Niek Kortekaas (NTG Gent)

The stage was transformed into an antiquarian bookshop where a different world is hiding behind every book. A flying dragon, ingeniously mounted on a camera crane which was pushed on from behind the scenes, flew right above the heads of the audience. A battle against the loss of fantasy. In the end... fantasy prevails.

Composer: Bo Spaenc, Costume design: Sabine Kummeling
Lighting: Jaak Vandevelde, Cast: Brecht Callewaert, Pepijn Caudron, the whole NTG ensemble and extras


  1995 De Heksen, Roald Dahl
 

Direction and scenography
Niek Kortekaas (RO-theater)

After several fruitful collaborations, Peter de Baan, artistic leader of the RO theatre, asks Niek Kortekaas to direct Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’.

When the main character is transformed into a mouse, the whole scale of the set changes and electric sockets become as big as the actor.

Cast: Georges Van Houts, Leopold Witte, Linneke Leroux, Guus Dam, Hans Leendertse, Mylène Dànjou by Van Boekel a.o. Costume design: Sabine Kummeling, Lighting: Andrew Gardner


  1994 Pinocchio the opera
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Peter de Baan (RO-theater)


  1990 Frankenstein
 

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Pol de Hert en Evert De Jager (NNT Groningen)


  1989 Het Rattenplan, Tor Seidhal
   

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Mette Bouhuis (RO theater)


  1986 Billy Liar, Keith Waterhouse
   

Scenography and lighting design
Directed by Jan Verbist (KJT Antwerpen)


  1982 Joseph and his amazing Technicolor Dream, A. L. Webber
   

Scenography
Directed by G. Van landeghem (KJT, Antwerpen)

     
   
    III. DANCE
     
  2012 Domestica
 

Choreografie Ann Van den Broek

Twee toonaangevende choreografen, Krisztina de Châtel en Ann Van den Broek, maken samen een choreografie. Ann en Krisztina hebben een sterke professionele en persoonlijke band: als danseres werkte Ann vele jaren bij Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel. Inmiddels heeft zij een eigen reputatie als vernieuwend en succesvol dansmaker opgebouwd. Niek Kortekaas werkte in het verleden meermaals met Krisztina de Chatel.


  2011 Q 61
 

Choreografie Ann Van den Broek

De muziekcompositie is circulair opgebouwd. Rondzwevende klanken met een troostende gelatenheid, gecombineerd met live aangestuurde stem- en contactmicrofoons vormen de basis. Het toneelbeeld is opgebouwd rondom het idee van nissen. Een strak geritmeerde ruimte.


  2010 Ohm
 

Choreografie Ann Van den Broek

Ohm is een cover van Mijn solo voor Marie (Vernietigd) van Marc Vanrunxt uit 1997. Een eigenzinnige Belgische maker die sinds de jaren ’80 zijn sporen heeft nagelaten binnen de performance- en danswereld.

Niek Kortekaas ontwierp het toneelbeeld geïnspireerd door het origineel. Arne Van Dongen maakte een nieuwe muziekcompositie en Bernie van Velzen stond in voor het lichtontwerp


  2009 We Solo Men
 

Choreografie Ann Van den Broek

Ann Van den Broek creëert een ritmische compositie van klanken, woorden, mimiek en lichaamstaal, gericht op contact met het publiek. Arne van Dongen maakt opnieuw de muziekcompositie, die tijdens de voorstelling live wordt aangevuld en gestuurd door de sounds die dansers voortbrengen. Niek Kortekaas tekent voor het toneelbeeld en Bernie van Velzen voor het lichtontwerp.


  2008 I solo ment
 

Choreografie Ann van den broek

SOLO MENT werd genomineerd voor een Zwaan voor de 'meest indrukwekkende dansproductie' van het seizoen 2008/2009 en werd geselecteerd voor de Nederlandse Dansdagen als één van de belangwekkendste producties van het seizoen.


  2006 Tando
 

Scenografie, Dansgroep Krisztina Dechatel, Amsterdam

Aarde. Europese en Afrikaanse aarde. Onze wortels en die van hen, een complex geheel van verschillen én overeenkomsten. Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel maakt samen met het dansgezelschap Salia nï Seydou uit Burkina Faso Tando. Niek Kortekaas ontwerpt een eenvoudig duidende scenografie een licht hellende cirkel met een diameter van negen meter, de aarde. Als contrapunt een op een rond gaas geschilderde maan.


  2004 I-Space
 

scenografie en kostuums
dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel, Spui Theater Den Haag


  2002 Bobo in Paradise
 

scenografie en lichtontwerp
Dansvoorstelling Hush Hush Hush
Stadsschouwburg Brugge, Choreografie Abdel Sarrokh


  1992 Ze zeggen dat ik dansen kan
   

scenografie en lichtontwerp
choreografie Tamara Huilmand (Springdance Festival)