Rehearsals towards Performances

Freakatoni Witchy Weekend performances has been designed as part of the Summer Intensive for the artists to create real time performances under the conditions of live public.

The aim of the Freakatoni Witchy Weekend performances is for the participants to discover collaborative, interdisciplinary processes towards performances out of the activities that take place during the day program and/or to re-evaluate work produced previously from a different angle. 

Performances are held on the Friday and Saturday evening of each weekend in two parts. 20:00-21:00 in Studio 1. 21:15 to 22:00 in the Bar.

The first part in Studio 1 is led by collective groups; two groups each evening, four groups each weekend, 15 to 20 minute pieces each group. 

The second part is led by a local musician towards a Music Theatre event; mix of musicians and performers, 40 minutes, with an improvisation music band to finish the evening. (Go here to see the list of musicians who will be leading the Music Theatre Bar events).

Process for choosing groups:

Every Monday individual artists discuss ideas they would like to offer for the weekend performances and clarify collaborative groups so that rehearsals can begin that evening; introduced in the beginning of the Music Theatre workshop and finalised in the Improvisation Session. 

Monday Tuesday and Wednesday 19:00-22:00, each group is given a rehearsal space in the OT301 building; Studio 1, the Gallery, Bodlabot studio and AnaMorphic studio.

Monday and Tuesdays, groups can decide to break up their rehearsal time table into mini groups allowing for ideas to be broken down.

Wednesday evenings, groups work in collaboration with advisers Maria Mavridou and Manuela Tessi (three weeks) and with artists who are teaching on the intensive (one week). Go here to find the list of advisers added each week.

On Thursday evenings 19:00-22:00, the two groups who will be performing in Studio 1 on the Friday evening have a rehearsal with Ellen Knops (light designer) and Ksenia Perek (MC performance artist). The remaining groups are given the Bodlabot studio and the AnaMorphic studio for rehearsal.

On Saturday afternoons 13:00-15:00, the two groups who will be performing in Studio 1 on the Saturday evening have a rehearsal with Ellen Knops (light designer) and Ksenia Perek (MC performance artist).

Through out the week, the musician who is leading the Music Theatre Bar event, will elect performers and musicians to participate in their event. Rehearsals for the Bar performances are held at 18:00 to 19:30 on the Friday and Saturday in the Bar.

Performances take place Friday ad Saturday in Studio 1 20:00-21:00 and in the Bar area 21:15 to 22:00. 


Ellen Knops will design the lighting for all of the performances. Ellen is a real time light artist who will take an over-view of your performances advising the order for each evening.


Ksenia Perek is the MC for all of the performances. Her participation creates a seamless event for the publics out of the two groups involved each evening in Studio 1 and guides the public into the Bar for the Music Theatre event.


The studio 1 has a full sound system. The Bar has a simple sound system. We can provide amps where needed. Sound check for all the performances will take place during the Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon rehearsals prior to your performances in Studio 1 and in the Bar Friday and Saturday before the events.

Video recording:

The performances are recorded each weekend. The footage is placed on a heard drive and then passed to the artists involved.


The Summer Intensive provides a promotional campaign gathering public out of local supporters and tourists visiting Amsterdam during the summer. We have an extensive their social network access that is  up dated weekly with the names of all participants.