The performance Louise is based on the embroidery of the 18th Century (white) woman Louise van Ommren-Hengevelt from Arnhem (1794). Embroidery and needlepoint were often seen as ‘craft’ instead of Art, as it was part of what women produced in the domain of their homes. But this embroidery is, apart from a virtuous and beautiful needlework in striking colours, also a protest against slavery. What made this well-to-do woman in Arnhem stitch such a protest on slavery? What does it say about her and her life as a woman in this Dutch colonial and patriarchal society. Is she pointing to slavery in the East and the West? Or is her act for the sake of women of her own class and fortune? Set in the times of the French and Haitian revolution’s, Liberty, Egality and Fraternity, in this third and concluding Radiant Shadow performance a more inclusive world and new horizon emanates and catches our eye…
Louise is produced by Reframing HERstory Art Foundation. With this work the foundation contributes to raising awareness and bringing education about the colonial and slavery past of Gelderland, through music and dance theatre performances, and a programme with a focus on healing from this past. In this year of the 150th commemoration of emancipation, the emphasis is on the urgency to bring the voices that
were marginalized to the fore and reflect on this history that is still present today.
Farida Nabibaks is founder and artistic director of music and dance-theatre company Reframing HERstory Art Foundation based in Arnhem and fellow at KITLV. Farida uses dance and embodied knowledge to address the collective trauma of the colonial and slavery past, with the ultimate goal of healing. She studied Philosophy at the Radboud University Nijmegen and holds a MA in Philosophy of Behavioural Sciences. She was also co-researcher in the Radboud Institute for Culture and History (RICH) research project ‘Feeling the Traces of the Colonial Past’, led by professor Liedeke Plate.
Theater Ins Blau | Haagweg 6 | 2311 NN Leiden
20.00 PM – 22.00 PM: Performance & workshop.
At the same day there will be a performance lecture in the morning, organized by Reframing HERstory Art Foundation & KITLV: Yesterday must read today to bring tomorrow by Thomas Talawa Prestø. This free event will also take place in Theater Ins Blau, 2 July, 11.00 h- 15.00 h.
Photo credits: Danseinformasjonen.