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Womb of Fire (SA)


Womb of Fire looks at the power of the female body in the process of decolonising and retrieving itself. The performance is set against an episode from the Indian epic, The Mahabharata and shows the power of women who oppose their oppressors, liberate themselves and claim their own place and land

Amsterdam | Compagnietheater
Fri 5 Oct 19.30 €14 / 11,50 (combi-ticket With Nothing But Silence They Turned Their Bodies To Face The Noise (ZA) €22,50 / 20) TICKETS Combine with Frazer Barry at 19.00.
Sat 6 Oct 20.00 €14 / 11,50 TICKETS

The Hague | Institute for Social Studies
Mon 8 Oct 20.00 FREE (sign up via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Amsterdam | de Balie
Tue 9 Oct 20.00 €15 / 12,50 TICKETS

[DIRECTOR] Sara Matchett [TEXT & ACTING] Rehane Abrahams [SONIC-SCAPE] Lukhanyiso Skosana [PRODUCTION] The Mothertongue Project  [DURATION] 60 minutes [YEAR] 2017 | South Africa | European premier[LANGUAGE] English & Afrikaans

Theatre

Black Tie - Missionary Position (SA)


South African designer Lesiba Mabitsela presents a new version of his performance Black Tie - Missionary Position. Black Tie is a provocative show that fuses fashion and performance in which Lesiba investigates what fashion and masculinity and the black male body mean within different cultural contexts.

In collaboration with Xclusiv Company.

Amsterdam | Compagnietheater
Thu 4 Oct 19.30 €22,50 / 20 (teaser, part of opening night) TICKETS
Fri 5 Oct 20.30 €14 / 11,50 (combi-ticket #PUNK (ZW / US) €22,50 / 20) TICKETS

The Hague | Het Nationale Theater (Theater aan het Spui) - presented together with Black Achievement Month
Sat 6 Oct 19.30 €18 (evening program with BACK (SA) TICKETS
Sun 7 Oct 15.00 €21 (program with Reverse Colonialism (BE / AU / CM / NG & With Nothing But Silence They Turned Their Bodies To Face The Noise (ZA)) TICKETS

Rotterdam | Kunsthal
Sun 14 Oct 12.00 – 16.00 access on display of museum ticket

[CONCEPT] Lesiba Mabitsela [PERFORMERS] Lesiba Mabitsela, Abdul Debe, Xclusiv Company [DURATION] 45 minutes [YEAR] 2017 | South Africa| European premiere [LANGUAGE] language no problem


Theatre

Reverse Colonialism (BE / AU / CM / NG)


Reverse Colonialism is a political performance in which four African Antwerp residents try to resolve the thorny migration-integration dilemma. Their solution? A new country for African Europeans and European Africans, in which they can set their own standards and values. Together with the audience they search for this utopian state.

The Hague | Het Nationale Theater (Theater aan het Spui) - presented together with Black Achievement Month
Sun 7 Oct 15.00 €21 (program with Black Tie - Missionary Position (ZA) & …Noise) TICKETS

Amsterdam | de Balie
Wed 10 Oct 20.00 €15 / 12,50 TICKETS

Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
Sat 13 Oct 20.30 €16,50 / 10 TICKETS

Rotterdam | Maaspodium
Sun 14 Oct 17.15 €14 / 10 (combi-ticket We're Here (NL) €20 / 15) OR (combi-ticket We're Here (NL) & Here to There (SA / NL) €25 / 20)TICKETS

[DIRECTOR] Ahilan Ratnamohan [ARTISTS] Etuwe Bright Junior, Aloys Kwaakum, Lateef Babatunde, Ahilan Ratnamohan [MEDIA ARTIST] Frederick Rodrigues [DRAMATURGY] Kristof Persyn [DURATION] 80 minutes [YEAR] 2017 | Belgium, Australia, Kameroen, Nigeria [LANGUAGE] English

Dance

#PUNK (ZW / US)


‘I haven't fucked much with the past, but I fuck plenty with the future’. Patti Smith, Rock 'n' Roll Nigger.

‘Spurred by this daring proclamation, I declare myself to be an “African nigger” — the sort who fucks with the past, and fucks even harder with the present/future’. Nora Chipaumire
 
Iconoclastic choreographer Nora Chipaumire brings #PUNK, a raw concert performance inspired by indie music, Americana, her formative years in Zimbabwe in the 70s and 80s and the Godmother of Punk: Patti Smith. Patti Smith. Nora challenges traditional rules of dance performance, crossing into the realm of live art by refusing to separate the choreographic, sonic and visual elements.

Amsterdam | Compagnietheater
Fri 5 Oct 19.00 €16 / 13,50 (combi-ticket Black Tie - Missionary Position (ZA) €22,50 / 20) TICKETS
Sat 6 Oct 19.00 €16 / 13,50 (combi-ticket 100% POP (ZW / US) €22,50 / 20) TICKETS

[CHOREOGRAPHY] Nora Chipaumire [DANCE] Nora Chipaumire, Shamar Watt [DURATION] 50 minutes [YEAR] 2018 | Zimbabwe, USA| Dutch premiere


Dance

100% POP (ZW / US)


100% POP is inspired by model, singer and actress Grace Jones, a woman who does not subscribe to norms and one of the greatest style icons of the 1980s. 100% POP is a dance performance and live sound clash that includes covers of pop songs, choreographed phrases, and a video installation that refers to Jones’ legendary One Man Show.

Amsterdam | Compagnietheater
Thu 4 Oct 19.30 €22,50 / 20 (teaser part of opening night) TICKETS
Sat 6 Oct 21.00 €16 / 13,50 (combi-ticket #PUNK (ZW / US) €22,50 / 20) TICKETS

[CHOREOGRAPHY] Nora Chipaumire [DANCE] Nora Chipaumire, Shamar Watt [DJ] Atiyyah Khan [DURATION] 50 minutes [YEAR] 2018 | Zimbabwe, USA| Dutch premiere

Dance

With Nothing But Silence They Turned Their Bodies To Face The Noise (ZA)


…Noise is a dance performance about the relationship between people and their environment. It brings into sharp focus the ever-present realities of environmental degradation and climatic change in a setting of natural beauty that slowly fills with paper and plastic waste between the dancers. ...Noise is a profound resistance against the decline of our world and the disintegration of the social network that should bind us together.

Amsterdam | Compagnietheater
Thu 4 Oct 19.30 €22,50 / 20 (part of opening night) TICKETS
Fri 5 Oct 21.30 €16 / 13,50 (combi-ticket Womb of Fire (ZA) €22,50 / 20) TICKETS

The Hague | Het Nationale Theater (Theater aan het Spui) - presented together with Black Achievement Month
Sun 7 Oct 19.00 €15 (program with Black Tie - Missionary Position (ZA) & Reverse Colonialism (BE / AU / CM / NG) €21) TICKETS

[CHOREOGRAPHY] PJ Sabbagha & Athena Mazarakis [DANCE] Nicholas Aphane, Nomfundo Hlongwa, Francesca Matthys, Athena Mazarakis, Shawn Mothupi, PJ Sabbagha, Lorin Sookool, Oupa Sibeko [PRODUCTION] The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative [DURATION] 60 minutes [YEAR] 2017 | South Africa | European premiere

Dance

Here to There (SA / NL)


Here To There is a spoken word and dance collaboration that interrogates ways of remembering and acknowledging the shared past between the Netherlands and South Africa.

The piece looks at the ways in which our lives overlap in the past and present – the influences the Dutch have and continue to have on South Africa, and the legacies of colonialism inscribed on individual memories and bodies.

The text and bodies move from the past to present, from here to there, from inside-out, asking:
How do we negotiate the contested spaces of land, memory and colonial heritage?
How do we negotiate the politics of our mother tongue when we are simultaneously foreign and familiar?

Can we express the weight of history through performance and find new ways of communicating and co-existing.

 

This production has been made possible with support of the Fund for the Performing Arts, the Dutch Embassy in Pretoria and the Dutch Consulate General in Cape Town and new maker Niki van Callandt.

Amsterdam | Tolhuistuin
Fri 5 Oct 19.00 €20 / 17,50 (part of combi-ticket The Wave (NL), Boom zonder Wortels & The Kiffness) TICKETS
Sat 6 Oct 19.30 €15 / 12,50 TICKETS
Sun 7 Oct 16.30 €15 / 12,50 TICKETS

Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
Sat 13 Oct 16.00 €14,50 / 9,50 (combi-ticket Reverse Colonialism (BE / AU / CM / NG at box office venue) TICKETS

Rotterdam | Maaspodium
Sun 14 Oct 14.00 €14 / 10 (combi-ticket We're Here (NL) & The Wave (NL) €20 / 15) OR (combi-ticket We're Here (NL) & Reverse Colonialism (BE / AU / CM / NG €25 / 20) TICKETS

[DIRECTOR] Koleka Putuma (SA) & Warona Seane (NL) [CHOREOGRAPHY] Niki van Callandt (NL) [DRAMATURGY] Warona Seane [PERFORMERS] Luke De Kock, Koleka Putuma, Conway October (South Africa), Kimberly Agyarko and Niki van Callandt (Netherlands) [PRODUCTION] Artscape & Afrovibes [DURATION] 45 minutes [YEAR] 2018 | Zuid-Afrika & Nederland |Premiere [LANGUAGE] English & Dutch


Dance

BACK (SA)


PJ Sabbagha’s much-loved and visually beguiling work BACK was first performed at Afrovibes in 2008 as a duet for two female dancers. Sabbagha has since re-interpreted the work several times. This year BACK will be performed as a quartet and shows the ability and inability for human connection and intimacy.

The Hague | Het Nationale Theater (Theater aan het Spui) - presented together with Black Achievement Month
Sar 6 Oct 19.30 €18 (evening program with Black Tie - Missionary Position (ZA)) TICKETS

Amsterdam | Bijlmer Parktheater
Fri 12 Oct 20.00 €13,50 / 11 (evening program with Likeminds Factory | Public Encounters & Ka Ki Ka nee nee nee) TICKETS

Rotterdam | Maaspodium
Sat 13 Oct 19.30 €14 / 10 (evening program with The Wave (NL) & The Kiffness)

[CHOREOGRAPHY] PJ Sabhagha [DANCE] Shawn Mothupi, Nicholas Aphane, Lorin Sookool, Thulani Mgidi [PRODUCTION] Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative [DURATION] 45 minutes [YEAR] 2018 | South Africa | Dutch premiere

Dance

We're Here (NL)


Future in Dance looks back at the journey of their ancestors, of how they moved from Africa to America and then to the Netherlands. This work interrogates contemporary migration as well as displacement caused by the transatlantic slave trade. The performance shows the strength of the ancestors and how the dancers honor their heritage without losing the contemporary.

Rotterdam | Maaspodium
Sun 14 Oct 15.15 €14 / 10 (combi-ticket Reverse Colonialism (BE / AU / CM / NG €20 / 15) & (combi-ticket Here to There (SA / NL) €20 / 15) OR (combi-ticket Here to There (SA / NL) & Reverse Colonialism (BE / AU / CM / NG €25 / 20) TICKETS

[CHOREOGRAPHY] Indirah Tauwnaar [DANCE] Future in Dance [DURATION] 60 minutes [YEAR] 2018 | Nederland, Premiere

Dance

The Wave (NL)


Like a wave, 50 dancers take over the public space, your space. The Wave is an intervention and an artistic statement about the place where people live and the changes that take place in cities. Alida Dors made this dance installation especially for Afrovibes and works with dancers from Backbone, Solid Ground Movement, Charming Dancing Days, Boink, Fractal Dance Collective, 5 O' Clock Class and Stichting Helden.

Amsterdam | Tolhuistuin
Fri 5 Oct 19.00 €20 / 17,50 (onderdeel van combiticket Here to There (SA / NL), Boom zonder Wortels & The Kiffness) TICKETS

Rotterdam | Maaspodium
Sat 13 Oct 19.30 FREE (evening program with BACK (ZA) & The KiffnessTICKETS

Rotterdam | Kunsthal
Sun 14 Oct 12.00 – 16.00 access on display of museum ticket

[CHOREOGRAPHY] Alida Dors [DANCE] Backbone togerther with other hip house houses [PRODUCTION] Backbone [DURATION 30 minutes [YEAR] 2018 | The Netherlands, Premiere
[FOTO] Aad Hoogendoorn during the zomercarnavalparade by Alida Dors together with TENT, 2017.

Music

The Kiffness


The Kiffness brings jazzy, groovy & uplifting house music and is fast becoming one of South Africa’s favorite live electronic acts. Founder & brainchild David Scott has had great success in the South African music industry, joined by saxophone & synth extraordinaire Raiven Hansmann. What sets The Kiffness apart from most electronic acts is their tangible instrumental talent and great performance.

Amsterdam | Compagnietheater
Thu 4 Oct 19.30 €22,50 / 20 (part of opening night) TICKETS

Amsterdam | Tolhuistuin
Fri 5 Oct 21.30 €15 / 12,50 (combi-ticket The Wave (NL), Boom zonder Wortels & Here to There (SA / NL) €20 / 17,50) TICKETS

Rotterdam | Maaspodium
Sat 13 Oct 21.15 FREE (evening program with The Wave (NL) & BACK (SA)) TICKETS

Rotterdam | Kunsthal
Sun 14 Oct 12.00 – 16.00 access on display of museum ticket

Utrecht | TivoliVredenburg
Sun 14 Oct 19.30 €15 (avondprogramma met Koleka Putuma (SA) & DOX & Die Hele Ding) TICKETS

Music

BCUC


From the townships of Soweto (ZA) comes BCUC, an energetic group of eight that combines rebellious energy with an outspoken political message. With punk and hip-hop inspired raw vocals, hypnotic traditional rhythms and groovy basslines, BCUC brings a unique contemporary South African sound: ‘Africangungungu’, as the group calls it. Their compositions remind us to the afrobeat of Fela Kuti.

Amsterdam | Het BIMHUIS
Sun 7 Oct 20.30 €18 / 15 TICKETS

Music

Shishani & The Namibian Tales


Many worlds flow smoothly together in the unconventional music of Shishani & the Namibian Tales. Traditional music from Namibia and other African regions forms the starting point for Shishani’s compositions. Rooted in deep traditions, though partly thanks to unexpected harmonies and rhythms the music of Shishani & the Namibian Tales sounds surprisingly contemporary and refreshing.

Amsterdam | Tolhuistuin
Sat 6 Oct 21.00 €15 / 12,50 TICKETS

Music

Frazer Barry


A performance by South African singer and multi-instrumentalist Frazer Barry ("Die Rymklets Troebadoer"), his wife Deniel Barry (percussion, song) and Jef Hofmeister (accordion, song).They will be performing music from the music theatre production Krotoa: Eva van de Kaap, a collaboration between Volksoperahuis (NL) and Artscape Theatre Centre (SA), which will première at Bijlmer Parktheater on 11 October.

Amsterdam | Compagnietheater
Fri 5 Oct 19.00 FREE

Poetry

Koleka Putuma (SA)

Koleka Putuma (SA)
Koleka Putuma is an award-winning performance poet, facilitator and theatre-maker. During the festival she’ll perform her poetry programme, which gives a critical reflection on her surroundings and current South Africa connecting this to the festival theme LAND She’s also part of various programmes such as the collaboration Here to There (SA / NL) and Woorden Worden Zinnen.

Amsterdam | Bijlmer Parktheater
Wed 10 Oct 20.00 €13,50 / 11 TICKETS

Utrecht | TivoliVredenburg
Sun 14 Oct 19.30 €15 (evening program with The Kiffness & DOX & Die Hele Ding) TICKETS

[LANGUAGE] English

Poetry

Woorden Worden Zinnen


Bringing spoken word in the broadest sense of the word in a feel good setting in the Tolhuistuin. Woorden Worden Zinnen is an accessible platform and performance night for spoken word. WWZ will select a diverse line-up especially for Afrovibes with both national and international artists including Koleka Putuma, Rehane Abrahams, Jospehine Zwaan, Niki van Callandt, Alida Aurora, Henry O'tawiah, Jurgera Hassel.

Amsterdam | Tolhuistuin
Sun 7 Oct 19.30 €11,50 / 9,50 (ticket + diner €15) TICKETS

Special

Afrovibes x House of Vineyard - A Tribute to miss Thandi


House of Vineyard invites everyone for a Tribute to Miss Thandi. An after party where a world of freedom and expression is created in which the New York Ballroom culture is celebrated! Here we celebrate the life and legacy of Afrovibes founder and initiator Vuyo Raymond Matinyana (1969-2001), also known as drag artist Miss Thandi.
Leave your embarrassment at home and join the battles or join in for an unforgettable experience of Vogueing, Whacking and the extravagant Ballroom culture! With host Elly Vineyard.

Amsterdam | Compagnietheater
Sat 6 Oct 22.00 €7,50 / (FREE with ticket for a show) TICKETS

Exhibition

Portraits of Land


An Afrovibes exhibition that presents new stories on land, history and the universal search for identity. Works from e.g. South Africa, Kenya, the Netherlands provide a diverse and personal presentation from artists about their relationship to their environment socially, politically and culturally. The works at the exhibition are from diverse artists, Fiercepop and the IZIKO Museums of South Africa. Co-curated by Cathal McKee & Ingrid Masondo.

This year Afrovibes, in collaboration with IZIKO Museums of South Africa, will bring together a special collection of visual arts / video work from South Africa. Work from, among others, William Kentridge, Steven Cohen, James Webb and Gerald Machone, which hmostly has not been shown in the Netherlands before. Their work can be seen during the festival at the Compagnietheater in Amsterdam and the Kunsthal Rotterdam, as part of the Portraits of Land exhibition.

Amsterdam | Compagnietheater
Thu 4 – Fri 6 October

Amsterdam | de Balie
Thu 4 –Sun 14 October

Rotterdam | Kunsthal
Sun 14 October

 

William Kentridge | Mine (1991) First time in The Netherlands
William Kentridge (SA) made his Drawings for Projection series in the nineties, in which he shows and visualises South African history of apartheid. Afrovibes presents one of his works from this series: Mine a 16 mm animated film. Through the two characters, businessman Soho Eckstein and artist Felix Teitelbaum, Kentridge explores the political landscape of national trauma and the deeper forces in a society of renewal and destruction.
William Kentridge's work includes animations, books, collages, performances and installations. For his films, he developed a unique process in which he errased and changed a single drawing while recording the changes with stop-motion camera work. The result is a hybrid of film and drawing that is highly praised internationally.
Compagnietheater Amsterdam 4 to 6 October; Kunsthal Rotterdam 13 & 14 October

Steven Cohen | Chandelier (2002)
Steven Cohen (SA) is a performance artist who stages interventions in the public domain. One of his most famous performances is Chandelier (2001/2002), in which Cohen, with high heels and dressed in a tutu, walked with a lit chandelier between the residents of a squatters' camp in Newtown / Johannesburg that was about to be evacuated. Chandelier was previously presented at Center Pompidou in Paris (2008), Holland Festival and Queer Up North in Manchester in 2009.
Compagnietheater Amsterdam 4 to 6 October; Kunsthal Rotterdam 13 & 14 October

James Webb | Le Marché Oriental (2009) First time in The Netherlands
The video installation Le Marché Oriental from James Webb (SA) is a 2-minute intervention in the Oriental Plaza of Cape Town. A disused mall from the time of Apartheid, designed to control the trade of Muslims in the Cape. In 2008, on the 4th day of Ramadan, sheikh Mogamat Murat of the Zeenatul Islam Majid Mosque in Cape Town was invited to sing the Adhan (call to prayer) in the empty remains of the building prior to the demolition of the shopping center. The acoustics of the building, an acoustics that no longer exist, is part of the artwork.
Kunsthal Rotterdam 13 & 14 October

Gerald Machona | Vabvakure (People from far away) (2012)
Vabvakure means 'people from afar' in Shona and is used in South Africa to describe a 'foreigner'. In 2008, a wave of xenophobic violence spread through South Africa. Many of the victims of this violence were Zimbabweans. The attackers often assumed that authentic South Africans are not black but lighter in color or fluently speak an indigenous language. This resulted in a number of South African victims who were 'coincidentally' too dark in skin color. Such convictions have made the distinction between 'insider' and 'outsider' in South African society increasingly difficult; who belongs and who does not, when are you a citizen and when not? Gerald Machona is a performance artist from Zimbabwe who works with sculpture, performance, new media, photography and film. In 2011 he was selected as one of the top ten young visual artists in South Africa.
Compagnietheater Amsterdam 4 to 6 October; Kunsthal Rotterdam 13 & 14

 

Dance

DOX & Die Hele Ding


DOX invited Die Hele Ding to create a new performance in collaboration with HKU and ROC. Lost Boys tells the story of Peter Pan and his boys who, in the eyes of society, are lost. A raw hip hop ode to deviant behavior and shamelessly saying 'no' to a predictable life in which rules are imposed by others.

Utrecht | TivoliVredenburg
Sun 14 Oct 19.30 €15 (evening program with Koleka Putuma (ZA)  & The Kiffness) TICKETS

[SPEL] Die Hele Ding, HKU & ROC [PRODUCTON] DOX [DURATION] 30 min

Dance

DOX & Forgotten Angle


PJ Sabbagha of Forgotten Angle Theater Collaborative (SA) will work together with young dance talents and dance makers from DOX. During an intensive rehearsal process they work on a research presentation around the festival theme LAND.

Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
Sat 13 OCt 16.00 €14,50 / 9,50 (together with Here to There (SA / NL)) TICKETS

[CHOREOGRAPHY] PJ Sabbagha, Nicholas Aphane & Shawn Mothupi [DANCERS] DOX [PRODUCTION] DOX & Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative [DURATION] 20 minuteS

Theatre

Likeminds Factory | Public Encounters

Likeminds Factory | Public Encounters
Young Dutch theatre makers of Likeminds Factory collaborate with performers and dancers of the Afrovibes programme. Directed by Warona Seane, they will present a short performance intervention around the festival theme LAND. Within this research performance the encounter is central, between the performers and the audience.

Amsterdam | Bijlmer Parktheater
Fri 12 Oct 19.40 FREE (part of evening program with Back (SA) & Ka Ki Ka nee nee nee) TICKETS

[Director] Warona Seane [ARTISTS] Likeminds Factory, Luke De Kock & Conway October [PRODUCTION] Likeminds [DURATION] 15 minutes

Dance

Ka Ki Ka nee nee nee


In his performance, Perry Gits shows a fusion of dance with razor-sharp spoken word. Perry Gits is a creative theatre maker and singer. In his work he uses art as a political instrument by making taboo subjects open for discussion. 

Amsterdam | Bijlmer Parktheater
Fri 12 Oct 20.00 €13,50 / 11 (evening program with Back (SA) & Likeminds Factory | Public Encounters) TICKETS

[DIRECTOR] Perry Gits [ARTISTS] Dyonne Heinemann, Keisha Boye, Cherella Gessel, Xiomara Virdo en Farell Telg [PRODUCTION] Talentlab [DURATION] 20 minutes

Dance

Boom zonder Wortels


Henry O'tawiah will create Boom zonder wortels (Tree without roots), a research performance about his heritage and roots, coached by Alida Dors and Nora Chipaumire. Henry O'Tawiah started his career as a Bboy, locker and hiphopper and worked with hip hop legends such as Storm, Salah, Poppin, Pete and Don 'Campbell Lock' Campbell.

Amsterdam | Tolhuistuin
Fri 5 Oct 19.00 €20 / 17,50 (combi-ticket The Wave (NL), Here to There (ZA / NL) & The KiffnessTICKETS

Amsterdam | Compagnietheater
Sat 6 OCt 20.30 FREE

[CHOREOGRAPHY & DANCE] Henry O’tawiah [PRODUCTION Solid Ground Movement [MENTOR] Alida Dors & Nora Chipaumire [DURATION] 20 minutes

Special

iAfrica Film Festival


iAfrica Film Festival (iAFF) introduces audiences to African cinema. iAfrica Film Festival brings high-quality, idiosyncratic and socially relevant film images from and about Africa and the Diaspora. iAfrica Film Festival is an initiative of the Yangambi foundation. For the second time, iAfrica and Afrovibes join forces and connect theater, music and film. See the program and buy tickets at iafricafestival.com

Filmhuis Den Haag
Sat 6 okt 15.00 – 17.00
Sun 7 okt 15.00 – 20.00

Special

SHE


SHE is a short art visual with 4 characters which centres around the main theme; “The Black Female Body” in all its natural glory, shape and power. The biggest objective of this film is women empowerment.

"Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women"
-Maya Angelou

Amsterdam | Compagnietheater
Fri 5 Oct 20.10 FREE (as introduction combined with Black Tie - Missionary Position (SA) TICKETS)

Rotterdam | Kunsthal
Sun 14 Oct 12.00 – 16.00 access on display of museum ticket

Special

Round Table Discussion

Round Table Discussion
On Tuesday 9 October 2018, from 14h00 to 18h00 the 15th edition of Afrovibes Festival will be organizing a Round Table discussion for artists, arts professionals and arts students at De Balie. During this programme we invite our festival guests and practitioners from the field to talk in more depth about practice and research in relation to festival theme LAND.

Through the years artists and writers throughout the world have explored issues of land with belonging and identity. With increasing migratory patterns of people, the question of whose land and whose nation becomes perpetually an area of rich representation. It’s an area of strong and emotional debate and an overwhelming impulse for creativity. This can be seen with regards to many of the works on the Afrovibes’ programme this year.

The question of land in its breadth, and in its depth as encompassing such strong themes as home, migration and belonging, identity and representation of identities, ownership and cultural appropriation, archive and histories, will be explored in introductions and panels that comprise this Round Table.

Panelists will probe their own work as a cornerstone to these themes and use these art works as examples and as a lens to talk through the evocative notions behind LAND. Theorists and writers on the panels will provide perspectives that help us think through the specifics as well as the related thematics of this highly contemporary and relevant issue.

Two panels will explore these related themes: a panel on Land and Archive and a panel on Representation of Land and Identity.

PROGRAMME (English spoken):
13.30 Doors open
14.00 Opening: word of welcome by Jay Pather – artistic director of Afrovibes
14:10 Introduction by Sylvia Vollenhoven
14:30 Panel 1: Land and the Archive
Sylvia Vollenhoven, journalist, playwright, author (South Africa)
Josien Pieterse, co-founder and director of Framer Framed and Network Democracy
Marjorie Boston, theatre maker and artistic director RIGHTABOUTNOW.INC
Jennifer Tosch, founder of Black Heritage Tours Amsterdam, co-author of Amsterdam Slavery Heritage Guide
Richard Kofi, maker of exhibitions and visual arts
15.30 Tea break
16:00 Introduction by Sruti Bala

16:20 Panel 2: Representation of Land and Identity by artists
Sruti Bala, Assistant Professor in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Amsterdam
Lesiba Mabitsela, interdisciplinary artist in spaces between fashion, design and public art
Rehane Abrahams, theatre maker, playwright and performer
Alida Dors, choreographer and artistic director Backbone
17:20 Plenary conversation
18:00 Drinks and ample opportunity for recapitulating and getting better acquainted.
18:30 Opportunity to see the exhibition Portraits of Land
20:00 Opportunity to see the performance Womb of Fire (South Africa, The MotherTongue
Project).

HOW AND WHEN TO REGISTER
We are looking forward to see you at this Round Table discussion and are looking forward to your email headed ROUND TABLE 9 OCTOBER and addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating how many people you will bring along. After the round table discussion the South African performance Womb of Fire is programmed at 20h00 at De Balie. For those who want to see this performance click here for more information on the show and for ordering your ticket.