Feike Boschma

"It is all about movement"

Feikes House takes its name from puppeteer and theater Feike Boschma (1921-2014).

Innovator pur sang for many puppeteers and theater still a source of inspiration. During World War II Boschma developed his puppet and in 1947 he debuted with Wim Sonneveld. In the following years he collaborated with artists from different disciplines. Cilli Wang dancer, artist Peter Struycken nomination artist Willy Brill, puppeteer Jan Nelissen and mime Rob van Houten. He also followed renowned colleagues from across the border, including Parisians Yves Joly and George Lafaye.

Ragged patches of crepe de chine or silk. Here and there some reinforced. Sometimes with a hand or a leg and with no more than an indication of a face or head. That features the dolls Feike Boschma. But despite this abstract appearance Boschma gives the perfect illusion of life. Boschma considers puppetry as a strong means, often just to increase from interacting with other performing artists, characters and events Be it reduce. With his puppet he visualizes abstract concepts. In his mostly musical and poetic performances text plays a subordinate role. Throughout his career continues Boschma wonder what the essence of puppetry is.

"It is essential for a doll to come to life is the movement. That is not a personal point of me, it just is. Without movement, no pop lively. That's the point. That does not mean that I am against text. I'm going to replace text "that movement. (Dolls that come into play, IDV workbook 25-1985)

Feike Boschma has a book called Notes.

Photo: Yvonne Blaauw