Islands of Empathy (in a Sea of Chaos)
18 nov20:00 - 21:20TR25 Schouwburg, RotterdamGrote zaal
Islands of Empathy (in a Sea of Chaos), the latest performance by Club Guy & Roni and Slagwerk Den Haag, focuses on the theme of empathy and how it can be the driving force in the way people live together.
In Dutch culture, we are taught to constantly be the best version of ourselves; as individuals, and independent of the needs of others. Whereas in countless other cultures, the emphasis is instead on the well-being of the collective and much less on personal development. A risk of empathy is forming such tight-knit groups that the gap with people outside that group widens.
Islands of Empathy is a collaboration with Senegalese griots; storytellers who keep traditions and history alive with dance, music and poetry. In Senegal, Club Guy & Roni met spiritual leaders, dancers and artists and talked to with about empathy and community. These conversations form the blueprint for Islands of Empathy.
The combination of beats played live by Slagwerk Den Haag and Pape Seck and the characteristic explosive energy of Club Guy & Roni's ensemble makes for an overwhelming dance performance.
Islands of Empathy (in a Sea of Chaos) is part of Club Guy & Roni's Human Odyssey, which explores various human feelings such as love, fear, happiness and empathy from a cross-cultural perspective.
“Even without leadership, society finds a way to organize itself. Empathy is an important human tool in the effort to design a positive new system. In Islands of Empathy we look for the link between empathy and chaos.” – Roni Haver, artistic lead Club Guy & Roni
concept en choreografie Roni Haver, Guy Weizman cast dansers Camilo Chapela, Angela Herenda, Sofiko Nachkebiya, Adam Peterson, Igor Podsiadly, Eliana Stragapede, Jésula Toussaint Visser muzikanten Pape Seck, Niels Meliefste (Slagwerk Den Haag) compositie THYS lichtontwerp Maarten van Rossem dramaturgie Friederike Schubert