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.

Short History 

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).

In 2020 the company moves to Ardeche ( France) , where it develops several educational projetcs  -linked to their project ShortStories - with local structures ( Pied au Planches, Theatre Quinconces, Vals les Bains, .. )

Team of DÍRTZtheatre
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Jolanda Löllmann

Founder of DÍRTZtheatre


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.

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Alexandra Daigneau


Alexandra has already lived a few of her 7 cat lives...
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.

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Charlie Denat

Founder of DÍRTZtheatre


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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Sarah Gaillet

Chagée de diffusion

After receiving her diplome at the " faculté de Philo et Lettres à l'Université Libre de Bruxelles, Sarah follows her professional parcour of formation at the " Kleine Academie, International Academy for Theater and Creation" . After the experience of leading her own theatre compagnie, she decides to go on towards educationl and cultural transmission .  In the same period she starts to work with several companys as production manager.  (Cie des Six Faux Nez, Cie En Chantier(s), …).

In 2020 she joins DÍRTZtheatre as production manager and animator for workshops in Philo/Art.