The 'On Probation' night at Theater de Generator in Leiden received a warm review, including some words on HIP. It was originally in Dutch, but it has been google translated, so it is far from perfect, but you can get the gist...
It is not even. Theater Generator must, according to the plan , starting next year. But a half-finished room you can use as much proof On Probation though. A mini-festival was a Thursday March 17 in the Vrijplaats two theater performances, a panel discussion (you), a fashion show, a booklet with background information and (free) food. On Probation had this time the theme 'homelessness and housing law. A theme that obviously appeals to many people because it was nokkievol. Outside the wind and the rain clatters against the windows.
that homelessness can happen, from Inner Vest clients can tell you. They do well in the show you see (me) or of Theaterwerkplaats Smit . The, somewhat older, performance is brought out especially for this evening, with all its consequences "Usually we play with just fourteen (but we've never been all together). Tonight we play five of us. So pay attention to the jackets, because they indicate who plays what role. "
In twenty minutes is a part of life put down as homeless; the part of the Kafkan vicious circle. "You can register, but need an ID. You did not? Ask for a new one. That money did not you? No, that can advance only with an ID. " Every man would be hoorndol in that situation. As noted from the crowd: it is a situation where discrimination also plays a role "Parrot Bolwerk 25? No, we can not do business "(not accept as security or register as a temporary worker, ed.). The stories are real. Then it can be an eye opener in to see how a small obstacle - € 50 for an ID - appears to be an impregnable mountain.
"Lesson one if you are homeless: Never lose your backpack sight." No home address, no ID or a credit card and you hang. Suddenly you'm no longer caught in a twilight world between agencies. Sometimes with a positive spirit in your neighborhood "And now? Nothing! You are free! The world is yours. Where do you sleep? A boat? A gazebo? A porch? ". The cynicism dripping off.
In the panel discussion comes back. Whether you are a refugee or squatter, or homeless, in all cases you looking for accommodation as one of the first conditions of existence. Than it is to know sour, and see, that there is still extended vacancies, but that the law Squatting and Vacancy just leave that untouched. Where cracking and vacancy rates are both punishable, is retained in the squatting ban.
are worlds that are far removed from the regular lives of the average American. Why jump relatives and friends missing? "Because we do have enough charge to ask for help. Before you become homeless, there often has been playing quite a story. Those people can not charge more. " Or do you still live nice complimentary. The houses at Leiden Sumatrastraat are one large room (about 25-30 m2). The Hague squatters dwelling was, after 11 years of vacancy, "uninhabitable" because of construction problems, in addition to the lack of gas, water and electricity. In all cases, it is important that the environment has remained behind the initiation state. In The Hague, "the building around long been a thorn in the flesh". Leiden "concept is grown in the neighborhood that we are not junkies or neglected people. (...) The Marecollege said a student afterwards: "Bad luck to bad luck and bad luck than be the cold shoulder." That is it".
The beauty of this On Probation was the versatility. Misery and plaintive stories predominated certainly not; strength and opportunity, though. That is another way of dealing with property. The fashion show of the Weggeefwinkel showed construction can be beautiful (and that only evolving one male mannequin).
was the first performance particularly, the second went a step further. British Booth Jolie brought her solo performance Hip , based on diaries and personal equipment they found in a squat in Brighton. Cracking leads to a discovery in the house in Brighton, in someone else's life, in her own life (similar to that of Anne), and in time. Like being on a rainy day in the attic by (others) astray memories. Anne runs badly. Booth manages to still make asides to the story just give it one more. Where Anne is little contemplative about her life, the life or the events of her time, Booth does now and then. Anne is not revived it, but her life be a beautiful icon of that time and that place.
Theatre Generator is thus an exciting addition to the existing Leiden theaters, with theater that the audience 'challenge to see themselves as part of a particular social problem. " Without being intrusive, offers the opportunity to do more than 'just looking'. This On Probation was an excellent example. There are still more : on April 29 with the theme LHBTQ, May 13 on refugees, September 23 on "men emancipation, a day and evening in October with Ins Blau on and with alternative programming and currents, and on December 6 in the Leiden Theatre on ethnic diversity in the performing arts. To a significant extent will define the selected shape and show how big part of the LED is to be achieved.
And do not forget: the room is not ready yet "we are now starting a crowdfunding action for the stands. ... And the heating ... and the plumbing. "