ANT Physical Theater is a project-based company created by Fernando Oliveira in 2016; the focus of the group’s interdisciplinary collaborations with musicians, actors, dancers, designers, and filmmakers is to stage inner revolutions by connecting classical and contemporary references through theater, dance, music and improvisation. The culturally diverse backgrounds of the performers and mediums of art utilized create unique performances in conversation with current events. The symbol ANT references the collective effort of all the collaborators in creating a united vision that reflects and shares insights from many voices.
























                                                           Fernando Oliveira (B R, 1983) Nationality: Brazilian








 In researching his work on the piano, Oliveira began inviting dancers one by  one, and eventually together, to improvise in the Kerk once restrictions allowed.  The  evolving conversation between performers, piano and space started to develop  artistic precedent and theme.  


As a way of thinking poetically about this very complex moment, the present  project provides a dialogue between ANT’s company members, all culturally  experiencing a different reaction to the Corona crisis as their families and homes  differ greatly. The space in the Kerk has become a dialogue, sharing poetic research  into love, expectation, loneliness, fear, death and hope in relation to this precarious  time.   The not-ideal nature of the Kerk as a performance space mirrors the  frustrations and boundaries of this time period; out of investigating a  space not 
suitable for performance, a shared experience is born from the artists utilizing dance,  singing, music and acting within their improvisation.


The occupation of space has  become a language, references to other moments in art history providing reflection  across periods of time.    Within the process,  artists take turns in direction, script, photography, and  production, in addition to the dance itself; they have full autonomy to give their own  movements and instincts; this experience has become a living poetic document to  our grief and hope during this period, a reflection on our distance from loved ones  and the space-times lived within the various realities of Amsterdam itself.  


 The conceptualization and working title ​Kusje ​arose as a simple symbol of this  bittersweet experience. A simple, joyful action that now has become more serious, a  greeting worldwide of love may now transmit pain and suffering to others. In a  moment as brief as a kiss, so much can be communicated or made confusing.  Intention, connection, communication; a kiss reveals and conceals all. In a time when  such a greeting or shared moment must be limited for the good of all, what happens  in the space left between us?   This artistic beginning has been a joy and respite for all current collaborators  and we are eager to share it with Amsterdam. We feel confident that our imagery  and intention will bring joy and reflection during this time.   

Director : Fernando Oliveira

Artists and creators:  Isabelle Nelson , Jort Faber and Rebecca Lillich

In Partnership with the Nassaukerk
Supported by the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst
Special thanks to Bart Treffers and the Nassaukerk, as well as our collaborators Lise Lotte Emma Reina and Jas Melrose



BACH project _Cello Suites No.1 & No.2

BACH project - Cello Suites No.1 and No.2 by ANT Physical Theatre Company


This performance highlights the bond between the five dancers and their different movement language. As the five men improvise their dance movements around cellist Camillo Cabassi, they transform the architectural space with their sounds and their bodies. Each of the dance scenes in the performance is created to counteract or emphasise the movements of the suites(Cello Suites No.1 and No. 2), creating juxtapositions or symbiotic relationships with the; prelude allemande, courante, sarabande, minuet and gigue. 


Concept Fernando Oliveira

Muziekcompositie Johan Sebastian Bach

Cellist Camillo Cabassi

Dansers: Corneliu Ganea, Dario Mendes, Fernando Oliveira, Ralf Westerhof & Tom Goldhand

May 2019 



LXXV 75 Jaar Jubileumconcert 

Pro Musica Bussum - A theatrical performance of the contemporary and musically challenging Sunrise Mass by the young Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. Second part of the 75 year anniversary concert of Pro Musica performed on November 21, 2018 in the Hilversum Music Center of the Broadcasting.
Sunrise Mass by Ola Gjeilo , Muzikale leiding - Stephan Pas , Regie - Hans van Breugel 
Choreografische samenwerking - ANT Physical Theatre  - Fernando Oliveira 
Dansers - Fernando Oliveira en Fabiana Carchesio 
Concertmeester - Matthij van der Wel 

 November 2018


Duet - Fernando Oliveira & François Lambret

The artists interrogate notions of movement, rhythm and improvisation in a mutual resonance.

What is the impulse of a sound or gesture, what makes it mute or evolve through one's stage identity.

Dance: Fernando Oliveira

Piano: François Lambret

Teatro Munganga - Amsterdam, NL
June 2018 

Flourishes & Luchthuis

The Luchthuis has been set up as a meditation place and can also serve as a stage or private meeting place (tea house, brainstorming location, etc.). It is suitable for one person with a maximum of two guests. The performance is inspired by the universe and the subtlety of the black-and-white cartoons of Mark Schalken, founder of Het Luchthuis. Two dancers will use Het Luchthuis as a stage to explore the possibilities of movement in it. They also bring influence from Brazilian dance to compose the movement and bring the artist's stories to life. They cordially invite the audience to participate in the performance. Welcome, discover the poetry of Het Luchthuis

The Luchthuis is an art project by Mark Schalken
Flourishes / Concept by Fernando Oliveira
Dancers / Makers: Fernando Oliveira and Jos Daamen
Vuurol festival (Lage Vuursche) Utrecht, NL
May 2018

The Improper


The improper is a physical theater piece inspired by the poem 'In a straight line' by Fernando Pessoa
Performance & creation by Fernando Oliveira
Soeverein Theater - Tropenmuseum Amsterdam, NL

December 2018


Let me, love me, leave me, look at me

This performance is the result of the physical theater course (2016 -2017) led by Fernando Oliveira. About the performance >> After the door to the party opens, people come and people go. Five are left. Do they know each other?

Do they want to know each other? Inside them hide their histories, outside shows their masks. Do they tell their stories to connect, to vent, to brag, to persuade or to play?

When people get closer and the circle closes, who steps in first, and who steps out?​


​Performers: Doutzen Koopmans, Gustaaf Wijnker, Luis Durán, Katharina Wroblewski & Nina van Veen

Director Fernando Oliveira
Soeverein Theater - Tropenmuseum Amsterdam, NL
December 2017




Exploratory solo with dance moves inspired by Harpsichord Concert in F Minor music of J.S. Bach.

Lachthuis by Mark Schalken 
De 1800 Roeden - Amsterdam, NL
September 2017



A dancer an actrice and a musician go on an adventures journey to explore which world they can create via music and dance.

During their travel, a girl finds a very boring newspaper, but then suddenly it turns out to be not so boring at all. 

An little creature walks out of the newspaper, birds are joining them and the floor becomes a nice drawing.

With beautiful Intalian, Portugees and Brazilian music combined with modern dance.

Concept: Fernando Oliveira
Acting and vocals: Kim de Stella
Harp/vocals: Francesca Lai 

Teatro Munganga - Amsterdam, NL

October 2017 

Kind of Blue

Kind of blue is a physical theatre performance which is part of the project Zwaan Kleef.

Creation & Performance Fernando Oliveira
Jerusalem Chapel - Gouda, NL

March 2017 


Interactive/physical theater show inspired by kids and for kids.
Director: Fernando Oliveira
Cast: Athina kazouri, Nasatsja Bode, Nina van Veen & Fernando Oliveira
​Theaterfestival Vuurol - Utrecht, NL

June 2016




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