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Frans Hakkemars

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Frans Hakkemars has been a solo and troop puppeteer since 1980.

Jan Klaassen, Katrijn and the Crown of King William Alexander
The performance marks the occasion of the coronation of the Dutch King William Alexander and Queen Maxima. Jan Klaassen and Katrijn are the Dutch branch of European traditional hand glove puppetry which started with Pulcinella in Italy in the 17th century. Many countries have developed their own traditions, such as Punch & Judy in the UK, Polichinelle in France, Kasperl in Germany, Petroucka in Russia and Don Roberto in Portugal. Frans Hakkemars has given the Dutch tradition a modern twist by placing the booth on top of the front wheel of a bike, so he can replace the booth very easily to perform outside or inside. During the performance he performs around the booth and the bike. In the main part he is sitting on the bike saddle performing Jan Klaassen and Katrijn. He uses modern props, such as a shopping cart and also enacts the essential rude fights in comic and rhythmic percussion with a tyre inflator for Jan Klaassen and a dish brush for Katrijn.  Interaction with the public is an essential part of each performance.