Reaspora | 16+
23 feb20:15 - 21:25TR25 Schouwburg, RotterdamKleine Zaal
For her performance, Anne-Fay traveled along three continents and crossed the Atlantic Ocean twice, following in the footsteps of a family history. Her own family history, which was strongly influenced by the colonial past of the Netherlands. In the anniversary year 2023, 150 years after the abolition of slavery, Anne-Fay's
Reaspora shows the impact this colonial past still has today.
Anne-Fay has a black mother, who always kept the racism she experienced hidden. She is relieved that her daughter has the privileges that comes with white skin. But Anne-Fay wonders, "With white skin, can I stand for a black woman's rights? And how can I use my privilege properly?"
Diaspora - Reaspora
Singer Anne-Fay and her brother filmmaker Felix followed their family diaspora (scattering or metastasis) in the opposite direction; Reaspora. From The Netherlands through Aruba and Curaçao to Suriname, China and Ghana, in search of the stories of their ancestors.
They met relatives, learned about Holland's colonial past and made music with local producers. Their journey took them past special places in their family history, such as Plantage Peperpot (the place where their family was named Echteld), the Atlantic Ocean where slave ships sailed, all the way to a former slave fort in Ghana. The visuals they shot here are the silent witnesses to an emotional family history.
The music was compiled into the music album "Reaspora" with producers Morgan Avenue (S10, Willem) and Jeremia Jones (Damian Marley, Nicki Minaj). The album was released in 2021 with a concert show at ‘The Melkweg’ and received raving reviews.
Now the music, story and visuals can be seen in theater. Directed by Timothy de Gilde and lyrics by Bodil de la Parra i.c.w. Anne-Fay and Felix.
A conversation with Anne-Fay
After the performance Mahutun Awunou will open the conversation with Anne-Fay about the performance.
Trigger & Content Warning
Please be advised that Reaspora contains the following sensitive contentand techniques:
Content Warning: Racism & the N-word
Racial slurs, quotes, experiences, and other examples of overt racism. It also contains images of historical sites connected to slavery.
Trigger Warning: Usage of a stroboscope
Visitors to the show are exposed to flashing lights and visual patterns that
could trigger seizures.
Concept Anne-Fay & Felix Kops Zang en spel Anne-Fay Visueel ontwerp Felix Kops Muzikanten Marlon Francis & Elisha Amonoo-Neizer Regie Timothy de Gilde Tekst Bodil de la Parra ism Anne-Fay en Felix Kops
Lichtontwerp Tim van 't Hof Artistieke begeleiding Hildegard Draaijer Technisch coördinator Edwin Mol
Lichttechnicus Thijs Kempers Dramaturgie Ayla Çekin Satijn & Khadija el Kharraz Alami Powered by DOX en ParadisoMelkwegProductiehuis