We are proud to announce that Hotel Modern is the laureate of the Wim Meilink Award, which is awarded by the NVP-UNIMA – the Dutch division of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette.
In the words of the judging panel (excerpt): “Award for the entire oeuvre of the theatre-making trio of Hotel Modern: the giants of the small-scale”
“Hotel Modern’s Herman Helle, Arlène Hoornweg and Pauline Kalker have built up an utterly stunning body of work made up of memorable plays-in-miniature that bring far-reaching stories within reach. Hotel Modern has become famous for its wayward, light-hearted and profound choreography of objects, film and illusion. The actors create animated films live onstage, and the audience is able to watch not only the film being projected on a screen, but also the players carefully creating each scene and moving among the miniature sets. Two already legendary works are The Great War and Kamp, in which the horrors of, respectively, the First and the Second World War are brought to life using finger-sized cameras in a miniature world populated by tiny figures fashioned from wire, fabric and clay. Other memorable images from their work include the skyline of fridges in City Now and humanity portrayed with shrimps in Shrimp Tales. Hotel Modern do us the service of transposing the big, grown-up world into the small-scale realm of the everyday. Our deepest fears and desires are brought into the manageable domain of make-and-do, a world in which your own imagination and feelings are free to roam at will. How improbably everyday and grand is that? All praise to them. All praise and deep respect.”
The Wim Meilink Award judging panel The judging panel of the Wim Meilink Award 2019 consisted of Corien Baart (creative producer and dramaturg), Rieks Swarte (theatre-maker and winner of the prize in 2017) and Carlos Langoeira (theatre company Munganga).
About the award Every other year, the NVP-UNIMA, the Dutch Association of Puppetry, awards two prizes. The Wim Meilink Award for a body of work is awarded since 1980. The name giver was one of the founders of NVP-UNIMA. With his books he contributed to the history of puppetry in the Netherlands. The NVP-UNIMA also awards an incentive prize for young puppeteers: the Ruth van der Steenhoven Award.