A theatre is like a teleportal, a hub or a train station. People meet, come, and go. During these encounters, experiences are shared and knowledge is exchanged. One becomes inspired by the dialogue, the dance or whatever sparks the imagination.
In late 2019 PLEIN THEATER will also develop collaborative projects within the production house. Their focus will be on collaboration and dialogue with foreign partners. The goal is to build and develop the field of world-wide theatre, as a result. And by bringing these important themes to the stage, to make a worthwhile contribution to the community around us.
In 2019- 2021 we will introduce a collaboration with Suriname. By means of workshops, training, research and the creation of presentations. We will work on theatre collaboration and dialogue in its various forms and proportions. In Amsterdam as well as across the border.
Swart Gat/ G̶o̶l̶d̶e̶n̶ ̶A̶g̶e̶ (Dunguu olo - katibo-ten)
Swart Gat/ G̶o̶l̶d̶e̶n̶ ̶A̶g̶e̶ (Dunguu olo - katibo-ten) is a theatrical installation about an unknown part of Dutch culture and history, that of the Maroons, in the form of a 'corona-proof' labyrinth in the PLEIN THEATER.
Maroons are descendants of Africans who were forcibly brought to Suriname by slave traders, who liberated and settled in the Amazon. The theatrical installation shows wisdoms from the Maroon perspective and their vision of freedom, medicinal plants and dealing with death, in relation to the present-day.
The theatrical installation will be opened in the PLEIN THEATER on Wednesday, July 1, Keti Koti 2020, when the abolition of slavery is celebrated and the slavery past commemorated , and can be visited individually throughout the month of July at pre-booked time slots.
Surinamese theater and filmmaker Tolin Erwin Alexander was invited by PLEIN THEATER as Artist in Resident to work in Amsterdam on the installation in collaboration, but works due to the corona conditions as ‘Artist in Quarantaine’ from Ecuador on the content of the installation. The project is an initiative of theater maker, naturopath and director of PLEIN THEATER Berith Danse, who has already made several theater exhibitions based on research into Dutch Slavery history. Other collaborations include designer Bartel Meyburg and association Ons Suriname.