Performative workshop and collaborative Shadowplay ‘Songs of Colonial Labor’, 2020-21

To integrate the de-and postcolonial theory into my practice and life I research the shadowplay and storytelling as a tool to create a dialogue. In the framework of Sonsbeek 2020>2024 I got invited to show this new shadowplay as an introduction to the topic of labor and organize two workshops for adults (and for children too). Due to the Covib19/Corona lockdown Sonsbeek will take place in 2021. In the course of 2020 their will be a presentation of my research on the platform of Sonsbeek: click here: https://www.sonsbeek20-24.org/en/

This new shadowplay +workshops I am working on is circumventing the notion of labor relationships in (Colonial) times and our Now and Here from the perspective of a sub altern woman. In the script I will integrate folk- and children songs referring to labor and it’s intersectional aspects of gender, race, nation and social economic class.

Songs often represent old - fashioned professions with stereotypical characteristics when it comes to gender-, and class relationships. Some even communicate racist and sexist content. For the script I am using fragments of those songs to point at their ambiguous links with the Dutch Colonial past and a contemporary state of inequality and Coloniality.

Workshops Songs of Labour:
In the workshops which start with the introductory shadowplay I would like to inspire the participants to question the ambivalent aspects of folk and children song’s content, which elevate, stereotype or silence.
Can we use those sonic aspects of „To sit with the pain, to stay with the trouble…“(Donna Harraway) and to look at the pain which comes with the separation between people, white and of colour, woman and man, rich and poor, Dutch and Not Dutch, which even folk songs tend to transmit?

Performative workshop and collaborative Shadowplay ‘Songs of Colonial Labor’, 2020-21

To integrate the de-and postcolonial theory into my practice and life I research the shadowplay and storytelling as a tool to create a dialogue. In the framework of Sonsbeek 2020>2024 I got invited to show this new shadowplay as an introduction to the topic of labor and organize two workshops for adults (and for children too). Due to the Covib19/Corona lockdown Sonsbeek will take place in 2021. In the course of 2020 their will be a presentation of my research on the platform of Sonsbeek: click here: https://www.sonsbeek20-24.org/en/

This new shadowplay +workshops I am working on is circumventing the notion of labor relationships in (Colonial) times and our Now and Here from the perspective of a sub altern woman. In the script I will integrate folk- and children songs referring to labor and it’s intersectional aspects of gender, race, nation and social economic class.

Songs often represent old - fashioned professions with stereotypical characteristics when it comes to gender-, and class relationships. Some even communicate racist and sexist content. For the script I am using fragments of those songs to point at their ambiguous links with the Dutch Colonial past and a contemporary state of inequality and Coloniality.

Workshops Songs of Labour:
In the workshops which start with the introductory shadowplay I would like to inspire the participants to question the ambivalent aspects of folk and children song’s content, which elevate, stereotype or silence.
Can we use those sonic aspects of „To sit with the pain, to stay with the trouble…“(Donna Harraway) and to look at the pain which comes with the separation between people, white and of colour, woman and man, rich and poor, Dutch and Not Dutch, which even folk songs tend to transmit?