Charles Pas


Charles is a physical and visual theatre maker. His work exists somewhere in the intersection of performance, absurd theatre and magical realism. Pas either directs or performs in his own pieces, in which the audience is thrown into a timeless no in-between spaces. His work consists of theatrical translations of the inner worlds of his characters by the interplay of dreams and reality. Pas creates emotional non-linear journeys characterized by melancholy, humor and the urge for the unknown. These qualities make his work culminate in systems; shaped by repetition, virtuos movement and soundtracks that guide the watcher through different worlds. Pas wants to move and confuse the viewer by presenting them with an absurd version of banal reality.


This work is a live study of interaction and deals with the current struggle of society with connection, in a world where detachment and seclusion are omnipresent. Pas takes advantage of the location where the performance was set and creates an unsatisfactory waiting area; the waiting and searching for this ‘something’ persists. Lonely, blocked and confused individuals try to maintain brief moments of connection for as long as possible. However, they fall ever deeper into a pit of ignorance. They lost something. What rules do they need to look each other in the eye, transparently and empathically? Can they let go of their own insecurity and come together?

Stimulating and facilitating top talent with affordable living and working space, a budget and a network – that is the goal of the 3Package Deal. This successful program of the Amsterdam Fund of the Arts (AFK) and Bureau Broedplaatsen in collaboration with renowned Amsterdam institutions is now regarded as the best practice in the field of talent development.

The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) invests in the arts which enrich the experience of life in the city of Amsterdam. The AFK encourages the quality, dynamism and diversity of the arts in Amsterdam, and contributes to the city's strong and richly varied cultural climate. The fund is available to all disciplines within the cultural sector, for cultural organizations and artists. The AFK supports both experimentation and proven quality, established organizations and those that are relatively new, the professional arts and amateur arts - from every district of the city. As a metropolitan cultural fund, the AFK offers support to high-quality cultural activities, it functions as a booster for the arts within the city and is an investor in a sustainable future for the cultural sector.

Bureau Broedplaatsen is part of the municipality of Amsterdam. Its task is to realize more affordable studios and (residential) workspaces for artists and incubator groups. Bureau Broedplaatsen does this in collaboration with target group organisations, city districts, central services, corporations, real estate agents, developers, and banks.

We thank our partners, the renowned Amsterdam cultural institutions listed below who take part in the 15 coalitions that select the participating artists and provide them with guidance and a supportive network. They are of vital importance to the program.

Film: Filmacademie / IDFA / EYE / Fashion: HTNK / Rolien Zonneveld / OSCAM / AMFI / Visual Art I: FOAM / Rietveld Acadamie / De Appel Arts Centre / Visual Art II: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam / Kunstverein / Rijksacademie / Engaged Art: Veem House of Performance / De Balie / De Ateliers / Public Realm: NDSM-Werf / Over het IJ Festival / Das Arts (AHK) / Theater: Academie voor Theater en Dans / Amerpodia / Theater Bellevue / Dance: ICK Artist Space / Frascati Theater / AHK / SNDO (AHK Dans) / Music: Conservatorium Amsterdam / Muziekgebouw aan het IJ / Melkweg / Cabaret: Academie voor Theater en Dans / De Kleine Komedie / Amsterdams Kleinkunst Festival / Interhistoricity: Oude Kerk / Museum van Loon / H401 / Reinwardt Academie / Performance: Werkplaats Typografie (ArtEz) / If I Can’t Dance / Sandberg Instituut – Critical Studies / Social Design: Waag / Hackers&Designers / Framer Framed / Autodidact: Likeminds / Theater Bellevue / Theater De Meervaart / Bio Art and Design: Waag / Mediamatic / VU Amsterdam  

Event credits:

Curated by Bogomir Doringer.
Event production by Rafael Kozdron.
Felix Meritis production by Rivka van der Berg.
Project leaders: Johanna Brils (AFK) and Naïma Bouchtaoui (Bureau Broedplaatsen).
Press contact: Emma Heinhuis (AFK)