ANT- Physical Theatre Company was founded in Amsterdam in 2016, with the intent of bringing together classical and contemporary references through different arts— dance, theater and music improvisation.

Something special about the company is the culturally diverse backgrounds of the performers and mediums of art that
are utilized, which give the power to create unique performances that are someway always connected and in dialogue with ongoing events in society.


The symbol ANT references the collective effort of all the collaborators in creating a united vision that reflects and shares insights from many voices.


Over the last five years, we have created twelve performances, achieving both critical and public success.


ANT was founded by a social artist - someone who is part artist, part agent of social change, part facilitator and part visionary. 

Since 2018, ANT has a partnership with the Nassau Kerk - our permanent sanctuary space for research & development, and where we can showcase our work.


ANT draws on artistic practice, social dynamics and innovative formats in the creation of change. ​

Through our performing arts program, we aim to make art, music, and theater accessible to all Amsterdam citizens, regardless of economic or social background.  With our shows we stimulate connecting the multicultural nature of Amsterdam.


This multi cultural facet  is present in the cultural differences of our actors  and dancers, in the inspiration for the show and in our public.  






















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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.

Director : Fernando Oliveira

Dancers:  Isabelle Nelson , Jort Faber and Rebecca Lillich, Fernando Oliveira

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

Dancers: 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 
Dancers - 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.

Dancer: 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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