Ulrike Quade is one of the most outstanding visual theatre makers in the Netherlands. With her extraordinary and highly acclaimed technique and acting she brings her characters to life. The figures, with their human features and smooth movements are sculptured creations of Ulrike Quade herself. They are so real that you forget that they are not of flesh and blood.
The performances of Ulrike Quade are a combination of sculpture and dance, mime and performance, language and music. Sometimes going solo, sometimes together with other performers and musicians. And there’s always a story. This theater is engaged, but also, surprisingly nimble, surreal, ironic, poetic.
Ulrike Quade was inspired to this theatrical form in Japan, by Hoichi Okamoto and his quirky solo puppet theater and butoh dance. Since then she has worldwide fame with her performances. The Ulrike Quade Company performed in venues and at the invitation of festivals in Europe (UK, Norway, Germany, France, Italy), the United States, China and Taiwan.
The Ulrike Quade Company makes theater that touches deep in the heart.
Ulrike Quade graduated from the School of the Arts in Utrecht with a Masters in Scenography. During her studies she went to Japan to study by Okamoto Hoichi of Dondoro Theatre Company.
Quade made together with Duda Paiva under the name Quade & Paiva, a number of successful shows like Dead Orange Walk, based on the diary of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and Two Old Ladies, based on the bundle with the same name of Toon Tellegen.