RETURNING THE GAZE - MIDDELBURG
Returning the Gaze is Sites of Memory's latest sites specific performance. It will premiere on November 17 and can be seen on November 19 and 20 in Middelburg. After sold-out shows in Haarlem and Amsterdam, the team of multidisciplinary artists shines light on historical stories and locations from Middelburg. The performance is about making ignored voices heard and making underexposed people visible. The dominant, mostly white gaze versus the suppressed perspective from which colonial history is viewed, is central to this performance.
Returning the Gaze takes the audience back to November 1596. That year, about 130 African men, women and children arrived in Middelburg by ship. They were prisoners aboard the ship of merchant Pieter van der Hagen and captain Melchior van den Kerckhoven. A viewing day was organized on the Abdijplein on November 18, during which they were exhibited to people in the city. As baptized Christians they could live in freedom, however two weeks later the children, women and men, were still reduced to commodities by the government of the Republic. After a short stay in Middelburg, they had to embarked again and were sold in the West Indies.
Returning the Gaze presents the echo and resonance of these stories. What was the impact of this history on the residents of Middelburg in the past and in the present? The audience can expect a theatrical experience where local underexposed stories from the colonial history are shared through dance, poetry and music.
Thursday 17 november 16:00
Saturday 19 november 13:00 & 16:00
Sunday 20 november 13:00 & 16:00
Starting location: Kloostergangen at the abdij of Middelburg. The addres: Abdijplein, Middelburg
This performance is in Dutch with text in English, Papiamentu and Sranan Tongo
Duration: 45 min
Returning the Gaze in Middelburg is in collaboration with CBK Zeeland, Keti Koti Zeeland, Productiehuis Zeeland, Mapping Slavery Project, DOX, Poetry Circle Nowhere. It is made possible by VSBfonds, VriendenLoterij Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Zeeland and Norma Fonds.
Credit: Judith Westerveld
Concept & artistic directors Jennifer Tosch, Katy Streek
Makers & performers Jomecia Oosterwolde, Jörgen Gario, Shishani, Judith Westerveld
Script & tekst Jörgen Gario, Shishani, Judith Westerveld, Jomecia Oosterwolde, Katy Streek
Director Katy Streek
Choreography Jomecia Oosterwolde
Composition & music Jörgen Gario, Shishani
Set design & installation Judith Westerveld
Costume design Alejita
Dance Mihai Pruna, Xaviëra Nibte (DOX)
Spoken word Nathan Sanjaya, Nour Jordan (Nowhere)
Composition and gitar Hayat Ketiga - Dries Alexander, Irene van Driel
Research Mapping Slavery Project, Amsterdam Museum
Creative producer Gina Alina Patilea
Business manager Kimberley Smit
Technical coördinator Boaz van den Ban