Orkater (the name is a combination of the Dutch words orkest and theater, orchestra and theatre) makes mostly contemporary music theatre, newly written and newly composed. Orkater cherishes the freedom with which performances are conceived, made and presented. The inevitable consequence is that no hard-and-fast policy can be followed when the repertoire is put together. In some Orkater productions, disciplines other than music theatre may have the upper hand. The location varies from a studio to a municipal theatre, from a museum to an outdoor summer festival.
Although some would say that Orkater productions are always recognizable because of their "Orkater signature", they vary in character, scale and as to the cast. Orkater does not work with a regular group of performers - for many actors, musicians, directors, composers and text writers Orkater is the place where they can evolve their own ideas about music theatre.
Orkater strives to present abroad those productions that are suitable for it, preferably in the language of the host country.
Since the mother company Hauser Orkater (1972-1979) split to form De Horde (The Horde, 1981-84) and De Mexicaanse Hond (The Mexican Hound, 1980 to present), there has always been confusion over the name.
At the moment all productions are presented under the name Orkater, with the exception of those by writer/director Alex van Warmerdam, who operates under the name De Mexicaanse Hond. Orkater and De Mexicaanse Hond are grouped together under the umbrella of Stichting Orkater (The Orkater Foundation). Orkater has its own CD label (Starling Records).
Over the years, Orkater productions have received critical acclaim from both public and press. Orkater has been honoured with numerous awards, national and international.