Moving and playing are our first and most original tools to getting to know the world. These are essential to explore - long before education - environment and school - begins to format and obliterate the major part of these abilities. Despite this all, the original drive remains more or less vivid, for some in an irresistible way and this is where art begins,  the insatiable appetite for what our senses provide us with. Soon the desire will come to do something with the experience, to imitate by whatever possible medium what was observed, first literally and further … otherwise. 

To imitate, to mirror, to mime … through movement and play brings us as close as possible to our sensitive functioning and makes us totally coincide with ourselves. Children do this spontaneously and effortless. Later we have to learn this anew: to observe reality as closely as possible with all our senses or to dig in our own inner landscape of impressions. An inner landscape whose deeper layers are the same in every human being, thus providing us with a common sensitivity for the truth of imitated reality. To restore and develop through movement and play our original observation capacity is the objective of the first year. Which means that this first year is a foundation for whatever artistic or creative discipline. Art and science are far more related than we imagine. 

After the first year the 'player' becomes an actor. First by observing how our predecessors observed the world and what they did with it: all the different styles to put the world and his inhabitants on stage, the whole theatre history.  Learning to work with these styles, finding their meaning for today will bring understanding about how to use the medium to say what one wants to say. In other words: to develop the actor as an autonomous and creative artist, beyond a mere executor

The first year, the beginning and what follows are thus the same as with every artistic discipline: observation, imitation, creation. Aristotle knew this already twenty-five centuries ago, which explains the logo of De Kleine Academie.