Black Memories – the cast of AYA, Tafel van Vijf and BackBone delve into the Netherlands’ colonial history with an open mind. The starting point of this powerful dance and musical production, that has been nominated for the ‘ Swan for the most impressive dance production 2019’, was the experience of the dancers, actors and musicians themselves. What is like to live in the Netherlands if you have a mixed heritage?
Black Memories addresses the pride in the wealth of cultures that we have in the Netherlands and the sharp contrast with a painful and unacknowledged history of slavery; a period that is still making itself felt in contemporary society. Don’t expect a history lesson though, Black Memories is, above all, a rich and exciting production with a mix of dance forms, theatre, live music and song.
Our colonial past is difficult to absorb. Transporting people as if they are goods, unimaginable! Can we talk about the past without suffocating in shame and guilt? Yes! If you have the courage. Black Memories dares you to take this step. AYA, Tafel van Vijf and BackBone clear the way to understanding each other with a strong production about power, freedom and skin colour, with a beating heart of African, Caribbean and western music and the energy of contemporary urban culture.
Concept, direction and choreography
Herman van Baar, Wies Bloemen Alida Dors
Floris van der Vlugt
Dance and play
Christine Amagove Karani, Perry Gits, Jacob de Groot, Anna Lindaya, Djinti Sullivan, Aisa Winter, Jason Winter
Floris van der Vlugt (saxofoon, basklarinet, keys), Jasper Goedman (percussie), Rory Ronde (gitaar), Yariv Vroom (percussie)