Giel and I go back to 1977, when I worked with Maarten Altena on our first musical theater and was looking for someone who could make the legs of a kitchen chair jump. Through the grapevine I met Giel. I remember his living room was filled up by a weaving-loom he made for his girlfriend. Giel’s ingenuity in electronics and woodwork proofed to be limitless. Ever since our first encounter, his technical talent inspired me to come up with even more impossible questions so I could use his devices in my performances. I’m trying to recall them all, I’m sure I’m missing some: A burning Iron Violin, a two-meter high Philips lamp with a real working filament, a dibble-barreled gun with blanks, a remotely controlled talking head, the electronic control of a concert piano, and more.. Most recently in 2015 he created a talking skull with friendly looking glass eyes. Recalling all these creations, I think his next assignment is taking shape again…
For years Giel Cals has not only been a highly reliable and inventive thinker who comes up with creative solutions to ‘Impossible’ questions. But also the man who will built your ideas to the last detail. Solid, strong and always provided with detailed manuals that even I can understand! Giel’s personal motto truly is: “There are no problems only solutions”.
Giel thinks along, he makes what you imagine, is very precise
and everything he makes works great, is solid and exact.
Above all, Giel has a warm personality.