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Willem de Ridder

Related: art from the Netherlands - counter culture

Involved in: Fluxus - Suck magazine


The legendary WILLEM DE RIDDER first became known as the initiator and founder of the Amsterdam Paradiso concert venue, as well as being well-known for his radio shows and the publication of magazines such as Hitweek, Suck and Aloha. With George Maciunas, Yoko Ono and Eric Andersen, Willem was an early force behind the Fluxus movement. The theatre shows he produced with Annie Sprinkle were simply breathtaking and nothing short of spectacular! He now travels the world in his capacity of storyteller/artiste extraordinaire and host of his ever-popular workshops. --http://www.brinkermedia.com/wdr.html [Sept 2004]

He also co-organized the wet dream festival. [Mar 2006]


Willem de Ridder was RODINI, the youngest magician of The Netherlands. With his brother he performed as LES FRÈRES CHEVALIER. For years he was the story-teller of daily installments of the adventures of WILLY BRIGHT. He performed with his Punch and Judy PUPPET THEATRE all over his home town ’s-Hertogenbosch. Organised TREASURE HUNTS for the entire neighbourhood. Created entire cities in SAND SCULPTURE. Started an experimental theatre under City Hall. Performed with his first PAPER THEATRE and SHADOW THEATRE. --http://home.wanadoo.nl/spiegeltje/bio_willem.html [Sept 2004]

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