24 October


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Boekmanzaal

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I feel it too

I Feel It Too

I Feel It Too is the first work that choreographer and dancer Sedrig Verwoert has created in the position of Young Creative Associate with Dutch National Ballet. For this piece, made exclusively for the screen, Verwoert drew inspiration from the social and cultural restrictions that were a result of the global pandemic. The 24-minute dance film sheds a light on the complex emotions that we are collectively facing, ranging from a stage of naivete to a layered and heavy understanding of the new normal. Together with spoken word artist Rozina Salihu, composer Tim Wes and an external artistic team, Verwoert shapes and sifts our perceptions of ballet.

During this evening in the new Boekmanzaal, Verwoert's dance film will be screened, followed by a discussion with the choreographer himself, musician Tim Wes, word artist Roziena Salihu and members of the artistic team. This discussion will be lead by Naomi Teekens and will be held in English. 

‘For me, Black Achievement Month is a month in which there is room for diverse programming, supported by a wide range of makers.’



Black Achievement Month

During the month of October, the Black Achievement Month Foundation will present the special contributions of people with African roots to the world and to Dutch society in particular. For a significant number of them, this country is an important focal point in their development.

Black Achievement Month

With fair success, people with African heritage have rooted themselves here and can be found in a range of disciplines in society. Among them are scientists, doctors, lawyers, writers, artists, theatre makers, athletes and entrepreneurs. All these talents and their achievements deserve to be brought to the attention of the widest and most diverse audience possible.

This year, Black Achievement Month is taking place for the sixth time. It is a recognition of the many qualities that can be found in the black community. The wealth of talent and expertise justifies this initiative and is also an ode to diversity and new citizenship. It also contributes to a balanced image of people with African roots. This is an image that is too often determined by what was said and written about persons of African descent in slavery and colonial times.

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