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Topic Talk: Black Body – White Gaze

26 May 2023
Stadsschouwburg Utrecht Zocherfoyer
1 hour
gratis / free

Conversation about the black body on stage with makers Harald Beharie, Ligia Lewis, and Dries Verhoeven

We notice the emancipation of black bodies on stage, but the audience is predominantly white. What does the white gaze do to the black body? Is an emancipation from this gaze possible and (how) is the theatre a good context for this? How do we go beyond reproducing notions of exotism? And how do artists deal with these questions?

SPRING Artists Ligia Lewis, Harald Beharie, and Dries Verhoeven will discuss with each other, the moderators and the audience. Ligia Lewis presents two performances during SPRING 2023: Still not Still and A Plot / A Scandalboth in the Stadsschouwburg. Harald Beharie's Batty Bwoy will be performed twice at Het Huis. Dries Verhoeven's work Dear beloved friend, will play at the Stadsschouwburg. 

Topic Talks are deepening conversations on SPRING themes: current issues that matter. What trends do we notice in the contemporary performing arts scene and how do they relate to the world around us? Besides 'Black Body – White Gze', this year's Topic Talks include the topics 'Between Provocation and Invitation' and 'Performing Care'. Moderator Merel Heering will engage with artists from the festival and/or interesting guest speakers. The Talks are for the curious listener, the critical expert, the student and the professional. They are easy to combine with a visit to a performance, but can also be attended separately. They are free and open to everyone. 

Topic Talks are a part of SPRING Academy



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