Roots & Stories

live from Meervaart

SAT 27 JUNE

Storytelling

Amsterdam Roots asked a number of young theater makers with different backgrounds about their personal story about growing up within different cultures. With music and theater elements they tell the story of their Third Culture experience, not limited to a specific form or content. Robin Block will play excerpts from his solo performance Samudra, in which he mixes storytelling with music, spoken word and the Indonesian martial art pencak silat. Storyteller Luana Ferreira grew up in the musical melting pot of Rio De Janeiro, where she was surrounded by different cultures. She is inspired by the many stories of her ancestors and the different cultures that were added to her family generation after generation. Adnan and Ayoké, also known from the theater performance Trauma's van Nora take you along in their stories about what it is like to grow up under the influence of Dutch and Moroccan social codes.

This program is developed in collaboration with the Meervaart.

VOA - Luana Ferreira

For this show, Luana selected pieces from her new performance, VOA. VOA (which means "Fly" in Portuguese) brings together Dutch, African, Jewish, Portuguese, Italian and native Brazilian folk tales. Each story is somehow linked to Luana’s personal history and tells us about roots, choices, integration and freedom.

“When my grandmother started to lose her memory, I realized I knew very little about my family's roots in Brazil and went there to investigate her family history”. Luana's roots have been traced back to several different countries across 3 continents. It was then that Luana knew who would be the main sources of inspiration for her new performance VOA.

Kamelen in de polder

Adnan and Ayoké, also known from the theater performance Trauma's van Nora take you through their stories about how it is like to grow up between two cultures. Adnan and Ayoké respond to each other with live music and personal stories. Both Adnan and Ayoké are active at Stichting Zichtbaar where they stimulate creativity and expression among young people. Within the Smeltkroes program, young people can discover what they like and develop this through coaching. During their performance at Amsterdam Roots they will share the stage with the talented spoken word artists Rihab and Zakaria.

Samudra - Robin Block

How does it feel to not really be part of any culture on the one hand, and of several cultures at the same time on the other? How do you move, speak and sing in a foreign language that seems so familiar? Robin Block followed his grandparent’s trail in the opposite direction and crossed the ocean back to present-day Indonesia, looking for his roots and his lost family.

Robin is a writer, musician and storyteller from Amsterdam. For this program he plays some fragments from the storytelling performance Samudra. Using personal stories, he touches on the shared history between the Netherlands and Indonesia, and tries to bridge the gap between the two cultures. In the performance he mixes storytelling with music, spoken word and the Indonesian martial art pencak silat.

Dit programma wordt ontwikkeld in samenwerking met de Meervaart.