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FREE TO BE FREE

Free to be Free is Sites of Memory's latest site-specific performance about freedom and resistance.

After successful performances in Amersfoort, Deventer, and Utrecht, the performance will be on view in Amsterdam between 25 and 29 June. The audience will be taken on a theatrical route, starting at the Waalse Kerk and ending at the Bushuis (Oost-Indisch Huis).

We can learn a lot from the freedom fighters of the past and certainly from the people who are fighting for freedom today. How was freedom fought for then and now? What forms of revolt and resistance are known? Through dance, theater, poetry and music, stories come to life, about freedom and resistance in the past, present and future.

Free to be Free was developed especially for the Memorial Year, which commemorates 150 years of abolition of slavery in the Netherlands and its (former) colonies. The effects of this past are still felt by many. Many people have to deal with institutional racism and reparations are not yet a reality.

As long as racism and exclusion resulting from colonial thinking and the slavery past are not structurally addressed, Sites of Memory asks the question: freedom for whom?

Free to be Free is made possible with contributions from our partners DOX and Productiehuis Nowhere.

Intended for audiences ages 12+

Amsterdam 2024 performance dates

  • Tue 25 June:  15:00 (sold out, with aftertalk) 
                        20:30 (try-out)

  • Wed 26 June:15:00 (to book for schools, with aftertalk) 
                        20:30 (premiere, intro by Jennifer Tosch, Katy Streek, & UvA FGw dean Marieke de Goede)

  • Thu 27 June: 17:30 & 20:30 (with introductions by Jennifer Tosch & Katy Streek at 16:45 and 19:45)

  • Fri  28 June: 17:30 & 20:30   

  • Sat 29 June: 17:30 & 20:30​

STARTING POINT: DE WAALSE KERK, WALENPLEINTJE 159 AMSTERDAM

 

 

 

Practical information

The performance is 1 hour 15 minutes long and is primarily in Dutch, with English, Papiamentu and Sranan Tongo included. Translations of the script will be available during the performance. The performance includes a short walk, so please consider appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing. Drinks will be available (PIN only).

 

Accessibility

Do you have a mobility impairment or need a chair for outdoor locations? Please contact us (info@sitesofmemory.nl) so we can assist you. Unfortunately, the show is not wheelchair accessible - many of the old steps in and around these buildings are not wheelchair friendly.

 

Later 2024 performances: 

  • Willemstad, Curaçao 14 - 18 Augustus 2024 (info about ticket sales will follow asap)

Past performance dates:

  • Amersfoort, Flint, Sint Aegtenkapel (Fri, June 16 - Sun, June 18)

  • Deventer, Festival Deventer op Stelten (Sat, July 8 - Sun, July 9)

  • Utrecht, Museum Speelklok / Stadsschouwburg Utrecht (Sat, 7 October - Sat, 14 October) 

Credit: Bowie Verschuuren

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Credit: Rien de Jager

CREDITS

Concept & artistic direction Jennifer Tosch, Katy Streek

Makers & performers Jomecia Oosterwolde, Jörgen Gario, Michael Wanga, Jeannie Zuiderwijk, Jacelynn Josias, Stephanie Salimana, CROES, Saèl Heesemans 

Script & text Jomecia Oosterwolde, Jörgen Gario, Michael Wanga, Juan-Carlos Goilo, Katy Streek, Jennifer Tosch, Jeannie Zuiderwijk 

Directing Katy Streek

Choreography Jomecia Oosterwolde, Mohamed Yusuf Boss

Composition & music Jörgen Gario, Michael Wanga

Scenography & costume design Alejita

Flag design Raul Balai, Jarrett Erasmus

Research Mapping Slavery Project, Kosmopolis Utrecht, Black Heritage Tours Amsterdam

Creative producer Gina Alina Patilea

Business manager Kimberley Smit

Marketing & communications Hahae Son

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