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Silke Huysmans . Hannes Dereere . Brussels . Belgium I Brisbane . Australia

Nauru is a small island in the Pacific: five kilometers long, four kilometers wide. Long ago, the tropical paradise was given the name “pleasant island” by British whale hunters. Today the island state is representative for the capitalist over-exploitation happening in many places in the world. Phosphate reserves discovered in the 19th century aroused greed: the UK, Germany, New Zealand, Australia – all of them wanted a piece of the rich pie. In 1968, the mini isle became independent and the richest state on earth because of its treasures, which were supposed to last for another 30 years. An Eldorado for its residents, who could basically afford anything – until there wasn’t much left of the "pleasant island" apart from an eerie moon landscape. Today Nauru is one of the poorest countries in the world and builds camps for refugees, whose internment is paid for with Australian dollars for the island. Amnesty International reports that Nauru’s government has tightly restricted the right to freedom of expression; the state charges visa fees of 7328 US dollars for foreign journalists. Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere did not let themselves be intimidated and travelled to Nauru to make a play about the former paradise whose resources have been completely exhausted– armed with nothing but their smartphones to record their research. What future is there left for Nauru? What future is left for us after ecological and economic ruin?

For the festival’s special edition A Sea Of Islands, Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere will send their audience a personal message and the poem My Dear Prison Officer by Negar Rezvani, a young Iranian author who has been kept on Nauru against her will for six years.

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Online conversation The One Thing That Helped
With Silke Huysmans, Hannes Dereere and Martine Dennewald
TUE 07.07. 08.30 PM 

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Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere

Concept . Direction . Performance Silke Huysmans . Hannes Dereere Poem Negar Rezvani Translation Saba Vasefi Grafikdesign Andrea Friedli

Dramaturgy Dries Douibi Sound Lieven Dousselaere Technic Anne Meeussen . Piet Depoortere Production CAMPO Coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts . Spring Festival Utrecht . Beursschouwburg . Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek . Veem House for Performance . Spielart . De Brakke Grond Supported by Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Many thanks to all participants in Nauru

Letterbox 2

02.07. - 12.07. 0:00 - 0:00 Uhr

Admission Free
Duration individual
Language English, Farsi, German

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