Jonathan Nagel

Performing artist



I can be anything, but not everything

In this workshop we look at various roles a performer can possibly take on. There are plentiful ways to express ourselves, through movement, gesture, sound, melody and language, and our choices determine in which ways we can interact in play.

Potentially, anything could equally be expressed through dance, music, physical theater, or poetry. But by choosing which medium we work in, and how we use it, we shape our character which we contribute to the story. Play in theater is all about story, as story allows events to mark time, to give us a place and reason to be. Each individual has their story, and our stories can meet, interact, support, conflict, and dissolve.

The work is to explore a multitude of ways to tell our story. We will take a close look at the subtle differentiation of words which are often used in this context: multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary. How can I choose the medium to work with not just as a technicality, "because I can", but as a deliberate shaping of the story? How can I consciously place my actions in space and time, being true to both my own and the others’ stories? And how can the use of different media in a performance add up to more than the sum of its parts, create a compound that is unique to us and our story?

In the process we will research exercises to switch through different modes and media of performance, and create, develop, mutate, shift and destroy a multitude of stories. We will understand how it feels to work with each other, and against each other, and how both can be valid choices at times.


April 7 & 14, 2020 - Tuesday Workshop Series, Bodlabot OT301, Amsterdam
August 4, 2020 - Improvisation Summer Course, Amsterdam


♫ Solo


♫ ♫ Touch Sound

♫ ♫ Marithé | Jonathan

♫ ♫ ♫ Cleaning Each Other

♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ Fear and the Monkey

♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ Sander Baan Quartet

♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ KAMA Kollektiv


♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ Moving Strings



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