TransDisciplinary artist and performer
zangeres / singer
theatermaker / theatre maker
beeldend kunstenaar / visual artist
fotograaf, filmmaker / photographer, filmmaker
creatieve veldwerker / artistic ecologist
In 2014 Mirthe Dokter (Dutch, living in Brussels) graduated from ArtEZ School of the Arts, music theatre department, with a minor in Fine Arts. After her degree, she worked as a theatre maker, visual artist and singer. She developed herself as a hybrid maker, using various disciplines. As a trans disciplinary maker, she combines painting, ceramics, analogue projections, film, movement, research and singing. Mirthe puts a spotlight on hidden subjects in film, exhibitions or on stage. The visitor is always part of the performance, as participating viewer or maker. In her work she looks for collaboration with scientists and with marginalized social groups. Mirthe made the following performances on various European stages: ‘Leatherback’ (a solo about a sea turtle conservation team in Ghana), ‘ ‘De Balts’ (2018 scientific comedies on animal behavior with Tim Hammer and Feikes Huis/KASKO and evolutionary biologists) and ‘Kijk, ik zoek!’ (2016, a live painted picture book about a refugee). At the moment you can see ‘STRIJD’ (2022, activating visual performance about how to protect your territory with maker Tim Hammer and co-producers Feikes Huis, KASKO, D:DNA). Her performances take place at Oerol, Zwarte Cross, Noorderzon, H80, het Grachtenfestival, Over het IJ, Boze Wolf, het International Pop Arts Festival, Recyclart Brussel, Boze Wolf Belgie and in theatres like Bellevue Amsterdam, Plein Theater Amsterdam, Lux Nijmegen, Theater aan de Rijn Arnhem, De Lievekamp Oss, Concordia Enschede, GC De Kroon a.o.
In 2018 she won the young makers price/Puppet International and in 2019 she won the Ruth van der Steenhoven-prijs/NVP-Unima. Since 2020 Mirthe works on her social-artistic installation 'het volk der introverten' with several museums. An artwork of hundreds of heads made in clay, about introversion in human and society. This artwork was exhibited at Museum Arnhem, Museum Concordia, and several small galleries. Since 2018 Mirthe is working on an artistic research about a sea turtle conservation team in West-Africa. Together with filmmaker Rian van den Boom and scientist Marjolijn Christianen she made her first documentary about this research. Mirthe will exchange the documentary with the people in Ghana/West-Africa in July 2022. She will continue her marine ecology research, working on part two of the documentary in animation, with film production house Graphoui in Brussels. She connects the docu with conservation- and nature associations, such as research groups, WWF and the international sea turtle symposium. She calls herself an ecology-artist: researching ecology issues in an artistic way, together with scientists, using artistic storytelling. Since 2022 Mirthe works on a panorama painting of 100 meters about the feeling of getting used to a new place/situation. In 2022 her documentary 'LEATHERBACK' won the prize for best Non-Fiction short (Het Gouden Hert) at Go Short Arnhem with a special mention from Gelders Doek. Her animation 'European' won the prize for best visual story at the international literature festival ILFU Utrecht. Besides her own work as an art maker, Mirthe worked as a performer for many theatregroups and vocal ensembles, such as singer/maker at Nederlands Kamerkoor NKK NXT 18/19, singer at SWARA vocal ensemble Brussels, Performer/singer at Muziekthater de Plaats Arnhem, vocal leader at Inclusive Theater Babel Rotterdam, OT Rotterdam, Performances with Rieks Swarte and Javier Lopez Pinon, Visuals for concerts with Mike Boddé, guest in TV-items with Podium Witteman NTR, Soloist Matteus Passion, performer/maker at Jeugdtheater KWATTA, Teacher at University of Wageningen cross-over art-science.
11 September 2022: Documentary De Geharde Rug won prize 'Het Gouden Hert' from festival Go Short Nimegen/Arnhem and a special mention of Gelders Doek Arnhem