It's a match - Kyoko Scholiers

In 2003 Kyoko Scholiers (°1981) graduated from Studio Herman Teirlinck and ever since worked as an actress and performance maker with De Roovers, Het Toneelhuis, tg STAN, Comp.Marius, Theater Antigone, HETPALEIS, BRONKS and others. She did camera work for Any Way the Wind Blows (Tom Barman), Rosie (Patrice Toye), Het Achterland (Dorothee Vanberghe), De hel van Tanger (Frank Van Mechelen), Geub (Woestijnvis by Jeroom, Jan Dircksens and Mathias De Neve), Albatros (Wannes Destoop) and Fuck you very very much (Bert Scholiers and Jonas Govaerts).

With fellow artists Louis van der Waal and Maarten Westra Hoekzema she founds the collective unm. Together they created widely acclaimed location projects like Tussen hond en wolf (The Violet Hour) (2009) in which the audience is sitting in a stand mounted on a cart pulled by a tractor and The house that built us (2012) with choreographer Koen De Preter.

 In the meantime Kyoko specialized herself in sustainable and connecting projects about what it means to be a human being today. With Ruth Becquart, she created the installation LETTER (2011), a slowly spinning merry-go-round with audio excerpts of a year-long handwritten letter conversation Kyoko and Ruth had with people from all over the world. LETTER opens the Belgian Theatre Festival 11, wins the Dutch Dioraphte prize and still tours as an installation for public space until today.

 In 2012 Kyoko was invited in Paris (FBL Paris/Polyfoon) to write JEANNE, based on the trials of Jeanne dArc. She researched and wrote during her six week residency, for which she received a grant of FBL Paris.

In 2015, Kyoko created Bastard, a comical-existential research into her alleged descent from Napoleon Bonaparte. The multimedial theatre performance was very well received by the press, selected by BesteBuren and Moving Arts and toured intensively in Flanders and the Netherlands.

For Misconnected, Kyoko created an installation with fragments of phone conversations with people who are in one way or another disconnected from society. This installation of intriguing telephone boxes moving slowly over a 24m railway track premiered in MAS during the Zomer van Antwerpen in July 2017 and toured through public spaces in Belgium and the Netherlands ever since (a.o.TAZ, Museum Dr. Guislain, kc Nona, Festival vd Gelijkheid, Theater op de Markt, KAAP, C-mine, Schouwburg Kortrijk, Boulevard Festival, MoMeNT, Brakke Grond, Artefact 2020, Het Theaterfestival 2020 and Krasj 21).

In September 2021 Kyoko’s new project Boy premiered at Opera Ballet Flanders: Boy is a music theatre piece based on two years of field research in the world of youth care. Inspired by the interviews Kyoko did with juvenal court judges, consultants and educators, foster parents, child psychiatrists, children who were taken away from their parents and parents who had to give away their children and based on what she saw and heard during her voluntary work in a foster care institution, Kyoko wrote a fictional case about a ten year old boy. What kind of impact does it have on a person to grow up without the bedrock of the family as safe haven? What are the limits of loyalty towards the parents? And can you escape your own origins? Scholiers portrays an urgently relevant reality in an original music theatre performance with a surefooted cast: next to the young leading actor Sofie Decleir, Tiny Bertels, Joris Van den Brande, Greg Timmermans and Laurence Roothooft perform the surrounding characters.

Joris Blanckaert wrote an exceptional composition that is performed live by the Opera Ballet Flanders’ Children's Chorus and HERMESensemble. The project got overwhelmed with 4-star reviews in the Belgian newspapers and standing ovations in 24 sold out performances in Flanders and the Netherlands. BOY will tour again in February 22, in May ‘22 it will play on the Rotterdam Opera Festival and in July at Theater Aan Zee in Ostend.


Zone X 

What will our descendants think of our present time, in about a hundred years or so? What will be left of us? That is the question Kyoko Scholiers asks in her Zone X, a futuristic touristic city walk. The show is set in 2124. Guide Miko takes fifteen spectators on a walk through an area that was shielded from the world after The Disaster of 2034. Time has stood still there, the locals still live there as in the 2020s. Walking through this vibrant ruin of the early 21st century, Miko dissects our traces with passion and wonder. She mercilessly skewers our contemporary thinking and actions, holding us under the microscope as the bizarre creatures we will turn out to be to our descendants.


More about my work:

  • Here you can watch the trailer of BOY (Dutch)

  • Here you can watch the trailer of Misconnected (contains English and Dutch fragments)

  • Here you can watch the trailer of BASTAARD (in Dutch)

  • Here you can find the trailer of LETTER, my first installion that won the Dioraphte prize

  • Here you can watch the trailer of The house that built us