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Future for the Past

A theatrical journey of the colonial past 


Sites of Memory presents a corona-proof interactive walk through Amsterdam from 2 until 11 October. A journey back in time to the connected colonial past between The Netherlands and South Africa. Artists from both countries translate their vision to this history in music, poetry, dance, visual art and theatre. During this interactive walking tour, live performance will intersect with 360 degrees video and audio segments, which the audience will follow on a tablet that will be provided to each guest. The audience follows the journey past historical locations in the city. With this performance, Sites of Memory shares insight into how the colonial past plays a role in our present and to reimagine the future.

‘You have come to honor a past that won’t be silenced.’  

Future for the Past takes the audience on a route from the Jewish Historical Museum, past Hortus, to the Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime Museum). On the locations along the route the audience experiences the hidden stories about our shared past. Jennifer Tosch and Katy Streek collaborate with South Africa artists Jarrett Erasmus, Luke de Kock, Toni Giselle Stuart and Dutch artists Jörgen Gario, Jomecia Oosterwolde, Raul Balai, Alejita Silva, to develop a surprising and engaging performance experience which gives food for thought.


Concept & Co-producers: Jennifer Tosch & Katy Streek

​Director: Katy Streek   

Historical research & storyteller: Jennifer Tosch

Script: Jennifer Tosch, Toni Giselle Stuart, Jörgen Gario & Katy Streek  

Poetry: Toni Giselle Stuart & Jörgen Gario  

Choreographer & dance artist: Jomecia Oosterwolde & Luke de Kock

Artist & Print design: Raul Balai aka el bastardo & Jarrett Erasmus 

Visual artist & costume designer: Alejita Silva 

Music & Soundscape: Jörgen Gario, Toni Giselle Stuart & Jarrett Erasmus

Dancers Amsterdam: Kiki Nat, Yona Lukken, Jahcysha Boschman, Stacy Thiraw, Cloudia Buttner, Aultorio Duncan (PACT+)

Dancers Cape Town: Keagan Damons, Savannah Petrus, Abigail Overmeyer, Liam Lottering, Rian Jansen, Lisakhanya Nongqongqo (Jazzart Dance Theatre)

Performers Poetry Circle Nowhere: Houda Bibouda, Sarah Lucassen, Stokely Dichtman, Marija Sujica

Creative producer: Gina-Alina Patilea & Natalie Harper

PR & Marketing: Chantal Tjin

Social Media: Ivana Zakova

360 Video recording & editing: Shortfilms

360 Video recording Cape Town: Lindsey Appollis

Audio recording, editing & design: Dennis Slot

Audio recording Cape Town: Zaheer Banderker

Interactive design: Bianca Lurvink & Cris Mollee

Historical sources: Mapping Slavery Project, Castle of Good Hope & Historian Mark Ponte


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