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Returning the Gaze is Sites of Memory's latest site specific performance. It's about whose voice is heard, ignored or acknowledged, whose face is seen, erased and covered up. The dominant, often white gaze versus the suppressed perspective from which colonial history is viewed, is central to this performance. The audience will be taken on a walking tour from Willet-Holthuysen museum to Amsterdam Museum along the Amstel. These museums, the collection, the history of the buildings and the city form the starting point for this performance. The artists reflect on themes such as wealth and power from different perspectives. What happened to capital obtained through colonial trade, how many generations of families benefited and at the expense of what and who? At the expense of where? Returning the Gaze shares local underrepresented stories from the colonial past through dance, poetry, and music.

DATES (Ticket sales will start soon)

Friday 23 Sept 13:00 & 15:30 O'clock

Saturday 24 Sept 13:00 & 15:30 

Sunday 25 Sept 13:00 & 15:30 

Friday 30 Sept 13:00 & 15:30 

Saturday 1 Oct 13:00 & 15:30 

Sunday 2 Oct 13:00 & 15:30 

Start location: Willet-Holthuysen Museum Amsterdam

This performance is in Dutch with text in English, Papiamentu and Sranan Tongo

Duration: 60 min

Returning the Gaze is in collaboration with Amsterdam Museum, Mapping Slavery Project, DOX and Poetry Circle Nowhere and is made possible by VSBfonds, VriendenLoterij Fonds, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Provincie Noord-Holland, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Noord-Holland and Norma Fonds.


PR image Returning the Gaze Amsterdam.jpg

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)

Choir Dennis W. Thompson II, Cindica Rouse, Debbie Held, Eros Giovanni Macrooy Karwofodi

Research Mapping Slavery Project, Amsterdam Museum

Creative producer Gina Alina Patilea

Business manager Kimberley Smit


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