Dear beloved friend,

Dries Verhoeven

"In January, I traveled to Lagos, Nigeria to make a work about the possible future African exodus. But the performers of Kininso Koncepts were not keen on showing themselves as potential migrants. Rather, they reversed the long history of stereotyping, and centered their gaze on us Europeans. A camera team from Nollywood, the center of the African film industry, jumped on board. Armed with cameras, film lights and a high-speed Internet connection, they created a work about our European self-image as our future expectations here begin to falter. How persistent are images of ourselves and others? How long will we cling to our comfortable position of power?"

Dear beloved friend, is a performance played at the Seaside Cottage theater in Lagos and screened live over the Internet at Utrecht's Stadschouwburg.

"Verhoeven is a great master at coming up with the right form to go with the right subject... It has become one of his most political performances, about a continent that will flee en masse and another continent that doesn't know what to do with it." - De Volkskrant

After the performance on the 20th of May there will be an aftertalk with the performers. This aftertalk will be moderated by Maurice van Turnhout. 


Dries Verhoeven is a theatre maker and visual artist. He has been a member of the Academy of Arts since 2020. He creates installations, performances and happenings in museums, on location and in a city's public space. On the border between performance and installation art, he challenges the relationships between spectators, performers, everyday reality and art. The spectator is directly involved in the work or given the opportunity to direct his own experience.

In his work, Verhoeven marks aspects of the social reality we live in. He is not concerned with conveying a position in relation to that reality, but much more about activating the viewer's thinking, urging critical reflection. He hopes to cast doubt on the dominant systems that imperceptibly define our lives and thinking. In recent years, it has included current crisis thinking and the influence of digital media on interpersonal relations that have prompted a work.

concept and direction: Dries Verhoeven
creative producer: Joshua Alabi
performance: Ayoola Odubona, Israel Efosa Okpoko, Olorunniyi Zion Praise, Uche Enechukwu, Uche Kingsley Mborogwu, John Zeblon
dramaturgy: Miguel Melgares
directorial assistance: Casper Wortmann, Naomi Steijger
technical staff: Roel Evenhuis, Jeremiah Anthony Irabor, Titus Duitshof, Bolaji Afolabi Rilwan
sound design: Peer Thielen
sound: Adebayo Habib Olaore
light: Biokorogha Tumbra, Anthony Monday
voice over artist: Moshood Fattah
internet technician: Bart van de Woestijne
internet Nigeria: Omotayo Charles Ogunfeibo
set: Athanasius Akojuru
media runner: Ebenezer Obiji
welfare: Olubanke Oyeniyi
drivers: Dare Oshoniyi, Adekunle Adesanya 
executive production: ‘n More – Lise van den Hout & Ellen van Bunnik & Kininso Koncepts – Angela Peters & Emmanuel Anya
production: Studio Dries Verhoeven & Kininso Koncepts
office Kininso Koncepts: admin manager Chinenye Chukwudi, assistant admin manager Oloyede Aribilola, communications Aniefiok Inyang, legal representative Praise Alabi
trailer Thorsten Alofs

Dear beloved friend, is made possible by the Performing Arts Fund NL, Gemeente Utrecht, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Dioraphte, Creative Industries Fund NL, Fonds 21 and the Dutch embassy in Nigeria.

Photos used: Willem Popelier



19/05/2023 20:30 tickets sold out cancelled Waiting list

20/05/2023 20:30 tickets sold out cancelled Waiting list


€25,- / €17,50


Stadsschouwburg Utrecht Grote Zaal


SPRING 2023 


Duration: 90 minutes

Language: English and Dutch with English and Dutch subtitles


Besides single tickets, SPRING also offers passe-partouts for the whole festival and daypasses for Fri 19, Sat 20, Sun 21, Fri 26, and Sat 27 May.


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