Dates

15-22 August

Location

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, online

Running time

50 minutes

Tickets

Free

Lange Houtstraat

Emanuel Boekman

In the heart of what was once the Jewish neighborhood, actor Harpert Michielsen and musician Bart Sietsema delve into the life and work of the remarkable alderman who changed thinking about art in the Netherlands forever.

May 15, 1940 The Netherlands surrendered and German troops occupied the country. In a bedroom in Amsterdam, the Jewish alderman Emanuel Boekman and his wife Jansje look at each other. They know the horrors ahead. A befriended physician has provided them with a toxic; they decide not to await their fate.

Emanuel Boekman

May 15, 1940. The Netherlands surrendered and German troops occupied the country. In a bedroom in Amsterdam, the Jewish alderman Emanuel Boekman and his wife Jansje look at each other. They know the horrors ahead. A befriended physician has provided them with a toxic; they decide not to await their fate.

May 2021: In Amsterdam are a foundation, a street, a school and a hall that bear the name of Boekman, but who still knows who he was and what he meant for the city and our country?

In the Boekmanzaal, in the heart of what was once the Jewish neighborhood, actor Harpert Michielsen and musician Bart Sietsema delve into the life and work of the striking councilor who changed thinking about art in the Netherlands forever. In words, sounds and images they take you into the last days of the man who made it from unskilled worker to alderman with a doctorate degree, the man who, without personal artistic aspirations, became a passionate advocate for the art in his city, the man who stepped out of life with his wife to avoid persecution by the Nazis.

This online performance shows Emanuel Boekman against the background of pre-war Amsterdam, politics, the art world and Jewish life that was destroyed during the Second World War. A musical story about art, politics and ideals, in which a lost Amsterdam comes back to life for a moment.

Photo header: Former Jewish quarter around Waterlooplein in 1914 | Amsterdam City Archives

Litho van Emanuel Boekman door Meijer Bleekrode
Litho van Emanuel Boekman door Meijer Bleekrode
Lange Houtstraat
Lange Houtstraat
Litho van Emanuel Boekman door Meijer Bleekrode
Lange Houtstraat
Lange Houtstraat

This performance was developed in the context of Theater na de Dam 2021.

In honour of Emanuel Boekman's birthday on 15 August, the stream of Boekman will once again be available free of charge from 15 to 22 August.

 

Rave reviews
From our audience

Impressive, moved to tears. Everyone in the Netherlands should see this.

 

- Inge Michielsen-Hondmann

A wonderful. moving story and what a brilliant performance. A piece of historical awareness! I watched with incredible fascination. Chapeau!

- Huiskamer Theater

What a wonderful and moving performance. Truly a MUST SEE!

- Geerte Udo

Een magistraal stuk muziektheater.

- Erik van Muiswinkel
in de media
5 May

Groots tijdsdocument rond Joodse kunstpromotor.

11 May

Kippenvel dwars door het scherm heen.

Theater na de Dam

Theater na de Dam

Every year 'Theater Na de Dam' approaches theater makers with the question whether they would like to make a new performance especially for 4 May. On the evening of the National Remembrance Day at 9 p.m., the artists are committed to giving this day extra meaning.

Credits

Actor & textwriter

Harpert Michielsen

Actor & music writer

Bart Sietsema

Stage direction

Michiel de Regt

Dramaturgy

Wout van Tongeren

Special thanks to

Boekmanstichting - Kenniscentrum voor kunst, cultuur en beleid

Bovenaanzicht voormalige Joodse buurt rond het Waterlooplein

Special thanks to

Boekmanstichting
Theater na de Dam
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