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Sat 30.11.2019 - Thu 12.03.2020

Dear Winnie,

JR.CE.SA.R, KVS & NNT
30.11.2019
-
12.03.2020
  • Tue 28.01.2020
    12:30 - 14:15
    KVS, Brussel
    KVS BOL
  • Wed 29.01.2020
    20:00 - 21:45
    KVS, Brussel
    KVS BOL
  • Thu 30.01.2020
    20:00 - 21:45
    KVS, Brussel
    KVS BOL
  • Fri 31.01.2020
    20:00 - 21:45
    KVS, Brussel
    KVS BOL
  • Sat 01.02.2020
    20:00 - 21:45
    KVS, Brussel
    KVS BOL
  • Wed 05.02.2020
    20:15
    SPOT, Groningen
    Stadsschouwburg
  • Thu 06.02.2020
    20:15
    SPOT, Groningen
    Stadsschouwburg
  • Fri 07.02.2020
    20:15
    SPOT, Groningen
    Stadsschouwburg
  • Sat 08.02.2020
    20:15
    SPOT, Groningen
    Stadsschouwburg
  • Tue 11.02.2020
    20:15
    Het Nationale Theater, Den Haag
    Koninklijke Schouwburg Grote zaal
  • Wed 12.02.2020
    20:15
    De Voorveghter, Hardenberg
    Grote Zaal
  • Thu 13.02.2020
    20:30
    Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie, Leeuwarden
    Rabobankzaal - middenzaal
  • Sat 15.02.2020
    20:30
    Chassé Theater, Breda
    Koninklijke drukkerij Em. De Jongzaal
  • Mon 17.02.2020
    20:15
    Stadstheater, Arnhem
    Grote zaal
  • Tue 18.02.2020
    20:15
    Het Park, Hoorn
    Hamletzaal
  • Wed 19.02.2020
    20:15
    Leidse Schouwburg, Leiden
    Leidse Schouwburg
  • Fri 21.02.2020
    20:00
    Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht
    Douwe Egbertszaal
  • Thu 12.03.2020
    20:15
    Cultuurhuis de Warande, Turnhout
    Schouwburg
  • Sat 30.11.2019
    20:15
    PREMIERE
    SPOT, Groningen
    Stadsschouwburg
  • Sat 07.12.2019
    20:00
    Wilminktheater, Enschede
    PAY.Zaal
  • Wed 11.12.2019
    20:00
    Theater Geert Teis, Stadskanaal
    Theaterzaal
  • Thu 12.12.2019
    20:00
    De Lawei, Drachten
    Grote zaal
  • Sat 14.12.2019
    20:15
    Theaters Tilburg, Tilburg
    Schouwburg
  • Tue 17.12.2019
    20:15
    Theater Haarlem, Haarlem
    Stadsschouwburg
  • Wed 18.12.2019
    20:00
    De Nieuwe Kolk, Assen
    Grote Zaal
  • Wed 08.01.2020
    20:00
    Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht
    Papyruszaal
  • Thu 09.01.2020
    20:15
    Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam
    Schouwburg
  • Fri 10.01.2020
    20:15
    Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam
    Schouwburg
  • Sat 11.01.2020
    20:00
    Internationaal Theater, Amsterdam
    Grote Zaal
  • Sun 12.01.2020
    15:00
    Internationaal Theater, Amsterdam
    Grote Zaal
  • Mon 13.01.2020
    19:30
    Internationaal Theater, Amsterdam
    Grote Zaal
  • Thu 16.01.2020
    20:00
    Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Kerkrade
    Grote Zaal Kerkrade
  • Fri 24.01.2020
    20:00 - 21:45
    KVS, Brussel
    KVS BOL
  • Sat 25.01.2020
    20:00 - 21:45
    KVS, Brussel
    KVS BOL

During the battle against apartheid, ANC resistance fighter Maurice Mthombeni wrote a letter to his confidante, Winnie Madikizela, better known as Winnie Mandela. The letter was however intercepted by the apartheid regime and published in the national newspaper of South Africa, in order to sow division within the ANC. Maurice Mthombeni fled to Europe and continued the battle from afar.

His son, director and KVS face Junior Mthombeni, long had the idea of creating a performance around Winnie Mandela. Now, within the current European climate of disunity that pits people against one another, he found the time ripe to use Winnie Mandela as a source of inspiration on stage. The performance doesn’t only relate to this particular woman who, despite humiliation, abuse and exile, continued her resistance against the apartheid regime with untiring vigour – it also wants to emphasise what we today can learn from her characteristic fighting spirit.

This time we look not through white but coloured lenses. KVS faces Mthombeni, Fikry El Azzouzi and Cesar Janssens, together the trio Jr.c.E.sA.r, set out in search for answers together with nine actresses, singers and performers from the African diaspora. When do you rebel? When do you sacrifice your personality to the greater narrative? Together they turn the white, male, Eurocentric canon on its head. They denounce the lack of representation and criticise the official version of the story.

Winnie is not a blameless woman. She is a black woman who lived in a world of white supremist men. Despite her setbacks and mistakes, she never gave up. And that’s why she is an example for so many people, both black and white. Until today, she lends people the power to fight for more equality. This performance does not want to be a history lesson – it wants to share the power.

After their lauded performances Rumble in da Jungle and Malcolm X, Winnie Mandela is an evident next source of inspiration to Jr.cE.sA.r and KVS. They want Dear Winnie, to sow seeds of hope and inspiration among the audience. Let this inspiring story transport you, thanks to a lively performance full of music.

Like to come prepared?

  • VRT recorded a short documentary during rehearsals, which you can watch at VRT.nu.
  • A few specific names and terms are used during the performance, which we have listed and explained here.
Is part of the parcours:
School performances
KVS creation

Credits

TEKST / TEXTE / TEXT Fikry El Azzouzi REGIE / MISE EN SCÈNE / DIRECTION Junior Mthombeni MUZIEKINSTALLATIE & MUZIKALE LEIDING / INSTALLATION & DIRECTION MUSICALES / MUSICAL INSTALLATION & DIRECTION Cesar Janssens MET / AVEC / WITH Gloria Boateng, Andie Dushime, Denise Jannah, Tutu Puoane, Ntjam Rosie, Alesandra Seutin, Jade Wheeler, Joy Wielkens, Mahina Ngandu, Cesar Janssens, Christophe Millet, Junior Mthombeni BEWEGING / MOUVEMENT / MOVEMENT Alesandra Seutin STEMADVIES / COACH VOIX / VOCAL COACH Tutu Puoane DECOR- & LICHTONTWERP / CONCEPTION DE DÉCOR & LUMIÈRE / SET & LIGHT DESIGN Stef Stessel KOSTUUMONTWERP / CONCEPTION DE COSTUMES / COSTUME DESIGN Lieve Pynoo GELUIDSONTWERP / CONCEPTION DE SON / SOUND DESIGN Peter Zwart, Patrick Van Neck DRAMATURGIE / DRAMATURGY Robbert Van Heuven, Gerardo Salinas REGIE-ASSISTENT / ASSISTANT MISE EN SCÈNE / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Wim De Vries EXTERNE BLIK / REGARD EXTÉRIEURE / OUTSIDE EYES Ntando Cele PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION KVS, NNT PRODUCTIELEIDING / DIRECTEURS DE PRODUCTION / PRODUCTION DIRECTORS Miek Scheers, Maarten Otten, Marijn Nagel, Sita Rawie TECHNISCHE PRODUCTIE & TONEELMEESTER / PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE & REGIE DE PLATEAU / TECHNICAL PRODUCTION & STAGE MANAGER Jez Cox, Nele Druyts TECHNIEK / TECHNIQUE Ralf Nonn (licht/lumières/lighting), Peter Zwart, Patrick Van Neck, Jenneke Obdeijn, Laurens Ingels, Laura den Hollander (geluid/son/sound) DECOR- & INSTRUMENTENBOUW / CONSTRUCTION DÉCOR & INSTRUMENTS / CONSTRUCTION SET & INSTRUMENTS Ralf Nonn, Danny Vandeput UITVOERING KOSTUUMS / CONFECTION COSTUMES / COSTUME EXECUTION Kostuumatelier Noord Nederlands Toneel ASSISTENTIE KOSTUUMS & KLEEDSTER / ASSISTANT COSTUMES & HABILLEUSE / COSTUME ASSISTANT & DRESSER Milla Westerhoff, Heidi Ehrhart BOVENTITELING / SURTITRAGE / SURTITLING Inge Floré, Marelien Geus, Lola Catsburg VERTALING / TRADUCTION / TRANSLATION Anne Vanderschueren, Vertaalcollectief COPRODUCTIE / COPRODUCTION Théâtre De Liège, Perpodium MET DE STEUN VAN / AVEC LE SOUTIEN DE / WITH THE SUPPORT OF Tax Shelter van de Belgische Federale Overheid

Extra

29.01.2020 - 19:10 - INTRODUCTION (EN) by Dorrie Wilson (cultural curator, writer & independent researcher)
31.01.2020 - AFTERTALK (EN) by Dorrie Wilson (cultural curator, writer & independent researcher) with actresses Alesandra Seutin & Ntjam Rosie

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