Musical theatre company BOT is a steady foursome of Job van Gorkum, Tomas Postema, Doan Hendriks and Geert Jonkers.
Since their first appearance at Oerol festival 2009, BOT has developed a very authentic language in which music, object theatre and mechanical sound art merge into lively musical performances. Balancing on a sharp edge between music and theatre, BOT captures it’s audience with straight forward performance, homemade musical contraptions, raw visual poetry and fragile, warmhearted songs.
BOT is known for its series of site specific performances called Het Geluid Van (‘The Sound Of’), created together with productiehuis Oost-Nederland (ON). In places throughout the Netherlands they tell the story of industrial heritage buildings by making a musical theatre performance on site. BOT & ON also created the performance MIJN FAUST, a raw musical adaption of Goethe’s classic, mixed with a dash of Tom Waits. RAMKOERS (‘Collision course’) is BOT’s first grand traveling performance, which still is staged at theatre festivals throughout Europe.
Their newest performance LEK (‘Leak’) is performed in a first series of 40 shows in 2017, gaining several **** reviews. From 2018 onward both LEK and Ramkoers will tour abroad.
Audiomachinist Geert Jonkers is inventor-of and performer-with mechanical sound devices since ’92. His works vary between a musical box with polka-clapping art teethings and landscape instruments of 400 square meters. With basic mechanics, a playfull style and a good sense of humour he brings numerous pieces of worn down industrial leftovers and second hand junk alive in new, mostly noisy installations.
All works have the feel of being made with great care and naive craftsmanship. The installations stand out in imperfection, offer consolation and challenge their audience to get inventive. Audiomachinists’ grinding sound poetry has been subscribed spot-on in Dutch press as ‘Jean Tinguely meets Tom Waits’.
Over the past 20 years, Geert worked with theatre and music groups such as Odd Enjinears (Cape Town & Amsterdam), Dogtroep, Marike Jager, Warner & Consorten and De Staat. Work was staged in Holland, throughout Europe and South Africa at numerous theatres, arts festivals, street corners, music stages, varying from the Dutch Kröller-Müller Museum as well as Pinkpop main stage.
Job van Gorkum finished studies as drama teacher at ArtEZ – Arnhem. Since then he works as a jack of all trades as an actor, songwriter, editor, presenter and program maker for theatre, radio and TV. Alongside raw theatre, Jobs artistic heart goes to music and songwriting. Inspired by a Tom Waits’ quote “a genuie artist is able to draw the best of his biggest handicap”, Job initiates the band BEU. In an attempt to merge theatre and pop music, this work became the springboard to the first stage experiments with Tomas, Geert and Doan, yet to become BOT in 2009.
Doan Hendriks (1986) graduated at the Utrecht arts school as scenographer / set designer. Since then Doan is BOT’s main man if it comes to building stage images, rare settings and site-specific visuals. Together with Geert, Doan is responsible for various sound equipment of BOT.
“The sport of it all is just to imagine the most effective shape of things, and than instantly build that shape with whatever materials available”
Alongside his works for BOT, Doan constructs furniture, props and sets for theatre and TV.
Tomas Postema finished his studies composition and sound design in Utrecht 2004. Initially writing compositions for theatre, dance and film productions, he developed a personal language in combining elektronic music and acoustic instruments. From 2005 – 2007 Tomas was founding member of CompActLab, wich made several musical theatre productions, mostly site-specific. As a teacher, Tomas started the Arnhem based school for sound design. After many years playing keyboards in the band BEU, Tomas and Job decided to try something else, using songs and compositions as a startingpoint for a theatre production. The experimental show “Katrol” ended up to be the springboard for BOT, together with Geert and Doan.