Postcolonial Body

The Welcome Table

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How do you portray the colonial past of a country like the Democratic Republic of Congo or the Netherlands in art? Faustin Linyekula deals with this question in his work. In this programme, followed by the screening of the documentaries Échangeur and Faire-part, the makers of the films - Anne Reijniers and Rob Jacobs - will discuss the representation of Dutch slavery and a black visual language in art with theatre makers and other artists.

With a.o. Jennifer Tosch, Jolie Ngemi, Paul Shemisi, Nizar Saleh Hirji, Anne Reijniers and Rob Jacobs.

Performance by spoken word artist Veronique Efomie.
Moderated by Janice Deul.

background information

The Welcome Table is an unfinished play by the American writer James Baldwin, a prominent anti-racism activist in his country. The play consists of two characters (based on the dancer Josephine

Baker and the American professor and critic Henry Louis Gates Jr.) at a set table. Incomplete freedom they discuss the condition of the Afro-American community. During the Holland Festival a contemporary version of The Welcome Table will be staged at various venues for a variety of conversations about festival artists’ work and themes. The topics covered will include literary and ideological movements like Négritude and the Harlem Renaissance, the films Échangeur and Touki Bouki, Martiniquan philosopher Édouard Glissant’s work and life, and of course James Baldwin.


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