DÍRTZ Theatre is born out of the initiative of Charlie Denat ( FR) and Jolanda Löllmann ( DE), two artists who started to create a common signature by linking their experiences as dancer and circus artists with the art of puppetry. Their work is based on the body language; interdisciplinary and undisciplined.
Jolanda Löllmann is working as a physical performer in the fields of dance, circus and physical theater. After her dance studies at Fontys in Tilburg, the Netherlands, and the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, Belgium, she has worked with various choreographers such as Constanza Macras/Dorkypark, James Wilton , Clara Andermatt, Company IDEM, DeDansers, Truus Bronkhorst and Lina Limosani. In 2013 she toured with the circus collective Le Cirque du Platzak throughout Europe. In her work Jolanda uses her research in Acrobatics, Voice work, Puppetry and Mask as well as various bodywork techniques in order to construct a dialogue between different performing arts.
Charlie Denat started his artistic education by playing playmobil during 15 years. Not able to stop creating stories and characters he went on studying theatre at the conservatory of Nantes and then joined the Circus school of Geneva before co-founding the Company La Berlue in 2006.
In 2010 he joined the Cubitus de Manchot Company for a 4-year tour. Currently he is based in Belgium where he is collaborating with the dance company keski.e.space and explores a more contemporary approach to creation. For the past ten years he has been exploring the relationship between movement, emotions and meaning. Using circus as well as theatre, dance, object manipulation or puppet, he develops a minimalistic theatre focused on movement and intention.
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After working and being engaged in different frameworks such as fair trade, international solidarity projects, local development, territorial civil service and parliamentary commitments, she became administrator for theatre companies .
In the pas years she has collaborated with the company Ladgy Prod and with Lardenois et cie.
She joined the Dirtz Théâtre team in June 2019.
In 2015 Charlie Denat and Jolanda Löllmann meet during a workshop of the Belgium company Ballet C de la B. The one comes from a
background of contemporary circus and puppetry (Cie La Berlue, Cubitus du manchot), the other one works as a dancer in di f ferent compagnies
throughout Europe (James Wilton, Constanza Macras, Clara Andermatt, DeDansers…)
In 2016 they are invited for a residence in the artistic space of Rui Horta in Portugal. (Espaço do tempo). It is the beginning of a new universe including bodywork (dance, acrobatie and theatre),puppetry and the manipulation of objects. In 2017 they start the
project ShortStories. At the same time they develop the project NonGrata, an intervention of puppets in the public space.
In 2018 they leave Belgium to give birth to their company DÍRTZtheatre in the South of France (Aude)