De Balts

(The mating dance) 2017   Music Theatre

"Are humans as inspired as other animals when it comes to their mating dance? A science and theatre cross-over about failing and trying again and dancing like your life depended on it. Because, it does."

Animals pull out all the stops in their search for the most suitable partner. Tim Hammer and Mirthe Dokter joined forces with behavioral and evolutionary biologists from the University of Groningen to learn about this particular form of animal behavior. We see these two humans unleashing their creativity, through music, mime, masks and illustrations, to create their own successful mating dance.

In this comical, presentation-like theatre performance, Mirthe and Tim will show their interpretation of these bursts of creativity from the animal kingdom. Every species has a different strategy for seducing and conquering a mate. Are humans as inspired as other animals when it comes to courtship display? Are we being controlled by hormones, or can we act by our own determination?


"Amazing, confusing and sometimes disturbing as the mating dance itself" -

Music theatre (ages 8 and up)


35 minutes


Dutch and English. All English possible


Kasko huis voor muziektheater, Science LinX

Cast & Crew

  • Concept, text, performance and music: Mirthe Dokter & Tim Hammer
  • Final director: Karin Netten

De Balts was performed on various occasions, in theatres and festivals like:

Noorderzon Groningen (NL)

Oerol Terschelling (NL)

Poparts Amsterdam (NL)

Boze Wolf (BE)

Zwarte Cross (NL)


For new bookings, please contact us on:


+31 (0) 6 555 94 706


Young Academy Groningen

Provincie Overijssel

Heij Konijn Fonds

Provincie Gelderland

Music, Theater, Puppetry and writings