17 January 1970 Alex thinks up a public act for the Eksperimentele Tejatergroep of the Witte Tejater from IJmuiden. A group of fourteen youngsters, amongst who Alex and Marc van Warmerdam, hold a march across the Lange Nieuwstraat in IJmuiden, with the mayor’s permission. The group carries signs and banners without any text and hand out blank stencils.
27 January 1971 Preview of Robins Speelhuis by Wim Zomer theatrical company. Sets: Alex van Warmerdam.
18 November 1971 National airing on VrijUit by the broadcasting channel NOS of Jofele toestanden, a selection of separate sketches that the Eksperimentele Tejatergroep of the Witte Tejater in IJmuiden has played for over a year. One of the series’ actors and creators is Alex van Warmerdam.
Beginning of 1972 Alex van Warmerdam devises and plays the rock star Melvin Blister during a first performance with the Hauser Kamer Orkest at a school party at Kennemer Lyceum, a grammar school. The rock star act will later return in Op Avontuur (In Search of Adventure).
10 December 1972 Op Avontuur premieres at PEN youth centre in IJmuiden. It is the first show of the new collective Hauser Orkater, which came into existence when the Hauser Kamer Orkest from Amsterdam brought in Alex van Warmerdam, because it wanted to add more theatre to its performances. Vital members of the group are Dick and Rob Hauser, Jim van der Woude, Alex, Marc and Vincent van Warmerdam, Chris Bolczek, Thijs van der Poll, Gerard Atema, Eddie Wahr, and - later on - the actor Peer Mascini. The members of Hauser Orkater are jointly responsible for the texts, design and music.
17 September 1975 Famous Artists, the second show of Hauser Orkater, premieres at the Shaffy Theatre in Amsterdam. The name is taken from a then popular American drawing school, where you could take courses by mail. The show was a joint effort by all members.
April 1977 ’t Vermoeden (The Suspicion) premieres at the Shaffy Theatre. The third show by Hauser Orkater is another collective effort. It also launches Alex van Warmerdam the author. He writes the lyrics for actor Peer Mascini’s character and two songs in Dutch, amongst them Neckermann’s ongerief, which is recorded in 1978 for Hauser Orkater’s first studio album. The show includes Striptease, by Alex and Jim van der Woude which is made into a film in 1979.
Spring of 1978 Entree Brussels, the fourth collective show by Hauser Orkater. The performance is made into a film under the direction of Frans Weisz and is broadcast in October 1978 by broadcasting channel VPRO.
21 October 1978 Hauser Orkater is released, the group’s first official album. One of the most popular songs is Azijn, a song by Alex van Warmerdam.
22 May 1979 Zie de mannen vallen (Watch The Men Fall), the last collective show by Hauser Orkater, officially premieres at the Shaffy Theatre, after some weeks of try-outs and trial performances. This time practically all spoken lines are by Alex van Warmerdam.
6 January 1981 Broers (Brothers), the first performance by the new music theatre company De Mexicaanse Hond, premieres at the former ADM shipyard in North Amsterdam. With Alex and Marc van Warmerdam, Thijs van der Poll, Gerard Thoolen and Hans Dagelet. Production: Orkater. Although De Mexicaanse Hond’s first performances are still collective productions, the new label gradually evolves into dramatist Alex van Warmerdam’s brand.
April 1982 Premiere of Graniet (Granite) by De Mexicaanse Hond at the Shaffy Theatre. With Alex and Marc van Warmerdam, Thijs van der Poll, Chris Bolczek and Aat Ceelen. Text and design: Alex van Warmerdam. Production: Orkater. Graniet is also made into a film, again directed by Frans Weisz, and broadcast by the VPRO.
1984 De Wet van Luisman (Luisman’s Law) by De Mexicaanse Hond. With Alex, Marc and Vincent van Warmerdam, Thijs van der Poll, Chris Bolczek and Aat Ceelen. Text and design: Alex van Warmerdam. Production: Orkater.
1984 Short film De Stedeling (The Townsman) commissioned by the VPRO. Screenplay and direction: Alex van Warmerdam. Production: Orkater.
April 1986 Premiere of Onnozele Kinderen (Innocent Children) by De Mexicaanse Hond at De Lantaren in Rotterdam. Amongst others with Alex, Marc and Vincent van Warmerdam, Thijs van der Poll, Aat Ceelen and Annet Malherbe. Text, design and direction: Alex van Warmerdam. Production: Orkater.
1986 Premiere of Abel (Voyeur), the first feature film by Alex van Warmerdam. With amongst others Alex van Warmerdam, Henri Garçin, Olga Zuiderhoek and Annet Malherbe. Screenplay: Alex van Warmerdam in collaboration with Otakar Votocek and Frans Weisz. Direction: Alex van Warmerdam. Camera: Marc Felperlaan. Music: Vincent van Warmerdam. Production: First Floor Features.
1987 Publication of De hand van een Vreemde (The Hand of a Stranger), the first and thus far only novel by Alex van Warmerdam. The first edition appears at publishing house Thomas Rap. Twenty years later the novel will be published again at publishing house Nieuw Amsterdam. 176 pages.
15 January 1988 Premiere of De Leugenbroeders (The Brothers of the Lie) by De Mexicaanse Hond in the Amsterdam city theatre. With Alex, Marc and Vincent van Warmerdam, Aat Ceelen, Christan Muiser, Werner Herbers and Hein Offermans. Text, direction and design: Alex van Warmerdam. Production: Orkater.
2 November 1989 Premiere of Het Noorderkwartier (The Northern Quarter) by De Mexicaanse Hond in De Lantaren in Rotterdam. With Alex, Marc and Vincent van Warmerdam, Aat Ceelen, Loes Luca, Christan Muiser, Hein Offermans and Jack Vecht. Text, direction and design: Alex van Warmerdam. Production: Orkater.
1992 Feature film De Noorderlingen (The Northerners). Starring amongst others Alex van Warmerdam, Rudolf and Leonard Lucieer, Annet Malherbe, Jack Wouterse and Loes Wouterson. Screenplay and direction: Alex van Warmerdam. Camera: Marc Felperlaan. Music: Vincent van Warmerdam. Production: First Floor Features.
1993 Founding of Graniet Film, the independent film production company of director Alex van Warmerdam and producer Marc van Warmerdam.
12 March 1993 Premiere of Kaatje is Verdronken (Cathy has Drowned) by De Mexicaanse Hond. With Alex van Warmerdam, Aat Ceelen, Olga Zuiderhoek, Ariane Schluter, Joost Belifantie, Kees van der Vooren and Eddie Wahr. Text, direction and design: Alex van Warmerdam. Production: Orkater.
1996 Feature film De Jurk (The Dress). Starring amongst others Alex van Warmerdam, Henri Garçin, Rudolf Lucieer, Annet Malherbe, Olga Zuiderhoek, Ariane Schluter, Ricky Koole, Kees Prins, Rijk de Gooyer and Peter Blok. Screenplay and direction: Alex van Warmerdam. Camera: Marc Felperlaan. Music: Vincent van Warmerdam. Production: Graniet Film.
20 September 1996 Premiere of Kleine Teun (Little Tony) by De Mexicaanse Hond at the Toneelschuur in Haarlem. With Kees Hulst, Annet Malherbe and Ariane Schluter. Text and direction: Alex van Warmerdam. Production: Orkater.
1998 Feature film Kleine Teun. Starring amongst others Alex van Warmerdam, Annet Malherbe and Ariane Schluter. Screenplay, direction and music: Alex van Warmerdam. Production: Graniet Film.
April 1999 Premiere of Adel Blank by De Mexicaanse Hond at the Trusttheater in Amsterdam. With Sylvia Poorta, Halina Reijn, Annet Malherbe, Peter Blok, Jacob Derwig and Jaap Spijkers. Text, direction, design and music: Alex van Warmerdam. Production: Orkater.
2000-2001 Series of gouaches for the newspaper NRC Handelsblad’s supplement on Saturday.
3 May 2002 Premiere of Welkom in het bos (Welcome to the Woods) by De Mexicaanse Hond at the Toneelschuur in Haarlem. With Pierre Bokma, Annet Malherbe and Liz Snoijink. Text and direction: Alex van Warmerdam. Music: Alex van Warmerdam and Frans Waxman. Production: Orkater.
2003 Feature film Grimm. Starring amongst others Halina Reijn, Jacob Derwig, Carmelo Gómez, Elvira Mínguez, Ulises Dumont, Kees Prins and Peggy Sandaal. Screenplay: Alex van Warmerdam in collaboration with Otakar Votocek. Direction and music: Alex van Warmerdam. Production: Graniet Film.
September 2004 Premiere of De verschrikkelijke moeder (The Horrible Mother) by De Mexicaanse Hond in the Amsterdam city theatre. Amongst others with Pierre Bokma, Kees Hulst, Annet Malherbe, Tina de Bruin, Katja Herbers, Mees van Warmerdam and Kees van der Vooren. Text, direction, design and music: Alex van Warmerdam. Production Orkater.
August 2006 Van alle kanten komen ze (They’re Coming From All Sides). Poems by Alex van Warmerdam. Publishing house Nieuw Amsterdam. 64 pages.
28 September 2006 Dutch release of the feature film Ober (Waiter). Starring amongst others Alex van Warmerdam, Mark Rietman, Thekla Reuten, Ariane Schluter, René van ’t Hof, Line van Wambeke, Pierre Bokma, Porgy Franssen, Kees Prins, Aat Ceelen, Jaap Spijkers, Sylvia Poorta and Stefaan Degand. Screenplay and direction: Alex van Warmerdam. Production: Graniet Film.
March 2007 Premiere of Wees ons genadig (Have Mercy On Us) by De Mexicaanse Hond at the Amsterdam City Theatre. With Ariane Schluter, Pierre Bokma, Aat Ceelen and Stefaan Degand. Text, direction, design and music: Alex van Warmerdam. Production: Orkater.
2009 Feature film De laatste dagen van Emma Blank (The Last Days of Emma Blank). With Marlies Heuer, Alex van Warmerdam, Annet Malherbe, Eva van de Wijdeven, Gène Bervoets, Gijs Naber and Marwan Kenzari. Screenplay, direction and music: Alex van Warmerdam. Production: Graniet Film.
14 February until 24 May 2010 Alex van Warmerdam, Exhibition, paintings, film, theatre at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. Curator: Wilma Sütö.

Awards and Distinctions

Film

Abel 1986 Golden Calf Best Film - Dutch Film Festival; Golden Calf Best Director - Dutch Film Festival; Critics’ Prize - Venice Film Festival
De Noorderlingen 1992 Golden Calf Best Director - Dutch Film Festival; Golden Calf Best Male Performer in a Leading Role - Dutch Film Festival; Felix Young European Film - European Film Academy; Felix Music- European Film Academy; Felix Art Direction - European Film Academy; Dutch Oscar Entry; Special Jury Prize Veviers Film Festival, France; Bronze Horse Screenplay - Stockholm Film Festival, Sweden; Golden Rose Bergamo Film Festival, Italy
De Jurk 1996 Critics’ Prize - Venice Film Festival; Dutch Film Critics Award - Dutch Film Festival; Award for Best Feature Film - Potsdam Film Festival , Germany; E.J. Jordaan Award - Amsterdam Fund for the Arts
Kleine Teun 1998 Official Selection ‘Un Certain Regard’ - Cannes Film Festival, France; ‘Outstanding Screen Performance’ 1999 - Ludwigsburg/Stuttgart, for Annet Malherbe; Bronze Sea Lion1998 Province Zeeland, for Marc and Alex van Warmerdam for their contribution to Dutch film
Top 100 Film of the Century - Election organized by the Dutch Film Festival 1999. Abel: fourth place; De Noorderlingen: 13th place; Kleine Teun: 31st place; De Jurk: 33rd place
Grimm 2003 Official Selection San Sebastián International Film Festival, Spain; Official Selection Riga International Film Festival, Latvia; Skrien Poster Award 2004, for the hand painted Grimm poster
Ober 2006 Golden Calf Best Screenplay - Dutch Film Festival; Golden Calf Production Design - Dutch Film Festival
De laatste dagen van Emma Blank 2009 Golden Calf Best Screenplay- Dutch Film Festival; Europa Cinema Label - Best European Film of Venice Days, the program parallel to the Venice Film Festival; Golden Gladiator Best Film - Tirana International Film Festival, Albania 2010

Theatre

Zie de mannen vallen 1979 French Critics’ Prize for Best Foreign Performance
Graniet 1982 CJP Award
Het Noorderkwartier 1990 Dutch/ Flemish Toneelschrijf Prize - The Dutch Language Union; Albert van Dalsum Award - Amsterdam Fund for the Arts

Lifetime Awards

Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation Theatre Award 1995 For his body of work as maker of theatre and film - Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation
Johannes Vermeer 2010 Award, State Prize for the Arts