IN FIRST PERSON: THE PLAYROOM | Daniel Mariblanca (Dutch premiere)

What You See Festival is building a long lasting relationship with choreographer and performer Daniel Mariblanca. He has been involved in all festival editions and now shows the intimate In First Person: The Playroom. This solo is part of a grand, multidisciplinary project in which trans and non-binary people share their experiences with relationships and their environment. Mariblanca invites you into his universe. Sometimes playful, sometimes vigorous, he makes you part of his memories. The Playroom is a physical and emotional journey that does not allow itself to be limited by borders. A magical encounter with the unknown.

Please note that the performance contains loud noise and some rough nudity

Interested in more? Check here the information about Daniel Mariblanca’s workshop A True Story.


concept & choreography: Daniel Mariblanca | scenography: Kjersti Alm Eriksen | lighting design: Thomas Bruvik | dramaturgy: Miranda Letten | film maker: Ursula Kaufmann | composer: Florian Dorrhofer | sound engineering: Runar Gasterud | financial producer: Camilla Svingen | company and tour management: Davone Sirmans | financially supported by: Norsk Kulturråd, Fri scenekunst – dans, Fond for lyd og bilde, Fond for utøvende kunstnere, Bergen kommune, internasjonal utveksling, Hordaland fylkeskommune, Stikk. | co-producer: BIT Teatergarasjen, Carte Blanche, Kunsthall 3.14, KRAFT | partners: Karmaklubb, Bergen Kjott, Wrap, Litteraturhuset I Bergen | photo: Ursula Kaufmann

DANCE
Spain / Norway
Language no problem

Fri 19 Nov
19:00
21:30
45 min

Theater Kikker
Kleine zaal

To The PlayroomKarelia with a discount? Buy a combiticket.

Normal15,-
Wage Gap 14%*12,90
Student / CJP / -18 / U-pas10,-
* In the Netherlands, women earn on average 14% less than men. Transgender and non-binary people, people of colour and people with disabilities often have less chance on the labour market. Are you missing out on income because of who you are? Then buy a Wage Gap Ticket and get 14% discount on the regular rate.

IemeIN FIRST PERSON: THE PLAYROOM | Daniel Mariblanca (Dutch premiere)

KARELIA: A QUEER FOREST FANTASY IN TWO PARTS | Once We Were Islands (Dutch premiere)

Can Queer lives flourish outside the city? High up in a region of forests in Finland called Karelia, the performance collective Once We Were Islands explored how love, desire and queerness alone can thrive among the trees. Set deep in the woods and woven from words, KARELIA begins at a table laid for a feast. Starting out from their little cabin house in the present day, the performers travel back to the time of the witch trials, and finally fly into a sci-fi future beyond the stars. What are they fleeing from? What are they running to? A queer journey through time and space. 

Additionally, the online film is streamed from the What You See website. It compliments the onstage triptych with images of the Karelian forest, the dark rustling of leaves, and the cracking of branches underfoot.


direction, text, performance, design: Aslan, Chris Gylee | light design: Elliott Cennetoglu | sound design: Mars Dietz | composition for the film: Elie Gregory | photography: Óscar González | production Management: ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro | graphic design: Kruse & Müller | coproducer: Ballhaus Ost, supported by: Fonds Darstellende Künste,  the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR, the Finnish Institute in Germany, the Old Mine Residency,  Outokumpu, Finland, residency programme of schloss bröllin | photo: Óscar González

THEATRE
United Kingdom / Germany
English

Fri 19 Nov
20:00
70 min

Theater Kikker
Grote zaal

To Karelia + The Playroom with a discount? Buy a combiticket.

Regular19,50
Wage Gap 14%*16,77
Student / CJP / -18 / U-pas10,-
* In the Netherlands, women earn on average 14% less than men. Transgender and non-binary people, people of colour and people with disabilities often have less chance on the labour market. Are you missing out on income because of who you are? Then buy a Wage Gap Ticket and get 14% discount on the regular rate.

IemeKARELIA: A QUEER FOREST FANTASY IN TWO PARTS | Once We Were Islands (Dutch premiere)

1-800-LONGING4IT | Leah Marojević & Mass Hysteria (Dutch premiere)

1-800-LONGING4IT is a live one-on-one performance on the phone. The all-female, multinational collective Mass Hysteria took inspiration from various hotlines and personal ads, transforming this concept into intimate sound performances and conversations in the night. At What You See Festival, you can choose from four audio choreographies of different characters. Four fictional fantasies that serve to playfully queer normative power roles, and prioritise care, pleasure and dreaming

Check the adds here, book a time slot with Deep Pink Waters…, Dirty Walk for Dirty Talk, Theatre of Love (an Opera in three acts) or Dr Sparkle! Then sit by your mobile phone at the right time and date. Answer when your phone rings and dream away in a once in a lifetime conversation. 

If you’re longing 4 it, don’t wait 4 it!


concept, choreography, text and design: Leah Marojević | commissioned by: Mass Hysteria | with Deep Pink Waters…, Dirty Walk for Dirty Talk, Theatre of Love (an Opera in three acts) and Dr. Sparkle | artworks: Jame St Findlay

PHONE PERFORMANCE
United Kingdom
English

Fri 19 Nov, Sat 20 Nov
20:00, 20:30, 21:00, 21:30
15 min

Regular5,-

Ms Silent Charm

Dirty Walk for Dirty Talk

The Theatre of Love, An Opera in Three Acts

Dr. Sparkle

Ieme1-800-LONGING4IT | Leah Marojević & Mass Hysteria (Dutch premiere)

SOFT VXNXS | Goldendean (Dean Hutton)

In the monumental hall of the Neude Library, Soft Vxnxs is waiting for you. To be touched and embraced. As a “Fat Queer White Trans body” in the context of South Africa, artist Dean Hutton questions who or what is entitled to take up space. In doing so, they address the personal and political of hypervisibility: being visible (as a fat, queer, trans body) and invisible, unimportant at the same time (as a fat, queer, trans body). Their Tenderqueer sculptures are called soft-radicals by Hutton. They are round, soft, flexible and inviting. Our society expects fat and messy bodies to turn up traumatized and out of breath and never cheerful, horny, or beaming with a political speech. Soft Vxnxs creates comfort and space for vulnerability. Share your experience with this comfort object! #softvxnxs #goldendean #softradicals #whatyouseefestival


by: Dean Hutton | production: ‘t Hem | photo: Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk

EXPO
South-Africa
Language no problem

Sat 13 Nov –
Fri 19 Nov
09:00 – 21:00, Sunday 10:00 – 18:00

Bibliotheek Utrecht – Neude

IemeSOFT VXNXS | Goldendean (Dean Hutton)

HAIRY | Senna Pauli & Eva Arends (world premiere)

Body hair is often seen as dirty or unnatural. Especially for cis-women or people with a feminine gender expression. In a shop window in the city centre, where mannequins normally appear clean-shaven, you come across a living mannequin that does not comply with the norm. Seated in the ultimate 1950s dressing room, complete with all the necessary beauty products for a desirable appearance, a woman gets ready. She combs her hair. With HAIRY, writer and performer Senna Pauli and designer Eva Arends question the prevailing gender norm and search for beauty in the extreme. 

Additionally to the installation, the online photo exhibition ARE YOU HAIRY, JUST LIKE US can be seen on the website and at Theater Kikker during the festival.


concept: Senna Pauli & Eva Arends | performance: Senna Pauli | design, costume and hairstyling: Eva Arends | technical advice: Gibson Houwer | in coproduction with:  What You See Festival | thanks to: Pilo Pilkes, Charlotte Brand, Municipality of Utrecht, and all participants of ARE YOU HAIRY JUST LIKE US | image: Charlotte Brand

PERFORMANCE INSTALLATION
The Netherlands
Language no problem

Thu 18 Nov – Sun 21 Nov
16:00 – 17:00 / 18:30 – 19:30
ongoing

Achter Clarenburg 23

Free

IemeHAIRY | Senna Pauli & Eva Arends (world premiere)

EXPANDED SCENOGRAPHY | Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht

For the third time in a row What You See cooperates with students from the HKU. Nine students of Theatre Design, Graphic Design and Fashion Design explored the festival theme (un)Touchable Bodies and show no less than nine individual works during What You See. From personal fascinations, questions and anecdotes, they created a range of installations, performances and visual work with subjects varying from male-female relationships, self-reflection and intimacy, to fear, abuse and shame. With their work, the students challenge existing norms, break taboos and expose unconscious thought patterns and behavior. Keep your ears and eyes open, because at any moment you may come across such an activist gem.


by and with : Floren Bloch, Ilse van Broekhoven, Pascalle van Gurp, Tina van der Helm, Vita de Pater, Jasmijn Piek, Sofie Smits (Theatre Design), Madelief Kok (Graphic Design) en Gabrielle Swart (Fashion Design) | in collaboratie with: Het Nieuwe Instituut | support: Vincent Wijlhuizen | coaches HKU: Joost van Wijmen, Sanne Leufkens, Anne de Veij | image: Madelief Kok

INSTALLATIONS a.o.
The Netherlands

Thu 18 Nov – Sun 21 Nov
various times

Theater Kikker, Het Huis Utrecht, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht

Free

IemeEXPANDED SCENOGRAPHY | Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht

ARE YOU HAIRY JUST LIKE US | Senna Pauli & Eva Arends

Senna Pauli and Eva Arends, creators of the performance installation HAIRY, are on the look out for people with armpit hair. And they like to take pictures of them and thus question the prevailing gender norms. With the project ARE YOU HAIRY JUST LIKE US they contribute to the visibility of armpit hair and the lived experiences that come with wearing it openly. The photos will be shown during What You See Festival at Theater Kikker and online. ARE YOU HAIRY JUST LIKE US will continue after the festival. They are always looking for people who like to be photographed together with their armpit hair! So sign up via: sennapauli@gmail.com


Concept: Senna Pauli & Eva Arends | in coproduction with: What You See Festival | with thanks to: Pilo Pilkes, Charlotte Brand, Municipality of Utrecht, and all participants of ARE YOU HAIRY JUST LIKE US | image: Eva Arends

EXHIBITION
The Netherlands
Language no problem

Thu 18 Nov – Sun 21 Nov
During opening times / Online

Online & Theater Kikker

Free

IemeARE YOU HAIRY JUST LIKE US | Senna Pauli & Eva Arends

FILM – KARELIA: A QUEER FOREST FANTASY IN TWO PARTS | Once We Were Islands (Nederlandse première)

Queer performance collective Once We were Islands worked and lived high up in the forests of Finland for a while to explore how love, desire and queerness can thrive among the trees. Inspired by the world of romantic legends from these dark woods, they created the performance KARELIA (presented at What You See Festival on Friday 19 November). Complimenting the performance, they made an online film with images of the Karelian forest, the dark rustling of leaves, and the cracking of branches underfoot. With the forest as protagonist the film offers a magical and sensorial experience.

The film can be watched separately from the performance and will be made available here from Thursday 18 till Sunday 21 November. Free of charge.


direction, text, performance, design: Aslan, Chris Gylee | light design: Elliott Cennetoglu
 | sound design: Mars Dietz
 | composition for the film: Elie Gregory | 
photography: Óscar González 
| production management: ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro | 
graphic design: Kruse & Müller
 | coproducer: Ballhaus Ost | 
supported by: Fonds Darstellende Künste, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR, the Finnish Institute in Germany, the Old Mine Residency, Outokumpu, Finland, residency programme of schloss bröllin | photo: Óscar González

FILM
United Kingdom / Germany
Language no problem

Thu 18 Nov – Sun 21 Nov
ongoing
30 min

Online

Free

IemeFILM – KARELIA: A QUEER FOREST FANTASY IN TWO PARTS | Once We Were Islands (Nederlandse première)

RADICAL TENDERNESS | various artists

Under the theme of Radical Tenderness, different perspectives come together in this energetic, moving and sincere one-night-only combo programme. With the dance performance Together by Donna chittick, a spin off of WAT WE DOEN’s Hoe ik talent voor het leven kreeg and writer Edward van de Vendel about his new book Gloei.

In Together, four dancers show us the women of today: confident, tough, fragile but most of all: together. In a contemporary mix of urban dance styles, choreographer Donna Chittick reveals the everyday life of women and the choices that come their way.
Especially for What You See, theatre company Wat We Doen and ICK Amsterdam create a spin-off of their project Hoe ik talent voor het leven kreeg. Through text and movement, four new Dutch citizens from the LGBTQIA+ community poetically share their experiences of coming to the Netherlands. In addition, Edward van de Vendel reads from his new book Gloei (Glow) in which young queer people share frankly what glows in their lives: love, anger, ambition. His lecture is embedded the drawn portraits of Floor de Goede.

The evening will be presented by (voice) actor, comedian and presenter Jürgen Theuns.


Together: choreography: Donna Chittick | dance: Liza Panjoel, Fiona Dekkers, Cedella Steur & Hannah Chandra Mahler| artistic coaching: Alida Dors | dramaturgy: Peggy Olislaegers | costumes: Kenley Chittick | light design: Simcha Hoed | music: Gabriel Damude / DJ Lovesupreme | photo: Annelies Verhelst || WAT WE DOEN : direction and text: Floris van Delft | choreography: Emio Greco / ICK Amsterdam | with: Amr Yehia, Farouk Ebaiss, Salih Er, Yusuf Grygorii Liëonovitsj Truba | costume concept: Parsa Adibi ||Gloei by and with: Edward van de Vendel en Floor de Goede || Host: Jürgen Theuns

Special thanks to: Fonds Podiumkunsten, BackBone, Solid Ground Movement and CC Amstel (Together).

It is interesting how strongly Chittick puts sisterhood in the centre: even if one of the dancers radically goes her own way.

Marijn Lems - theaterkrant.nl

DANCE, PERFORMANCE, POETRY
The Netherlands
Dutch + English

Fri 20 nov
20.30
75 min

Theater Kikker
Grote zaal

IemeRADICAL TENDERNESS | various artists

I CAN BE WHOEVER IS THERE | Erik Alkema & Eveline van de Putte

The exhibition Ik mag zijn wie er is (I can be whoever is there) shows portraits of elderly trans gender people. They were pioneers who discovered their feelings at a time when there were hardly any examples and role models. In the project Elderly Trans Genders, visual artist, film and theatre maker Erik Alkema and storyteller and writer Eveline van de Putte recorded their  stories in a series of film portraits. Eveline van de Putte also published a book about them. This video exhibition about their insecurities, desires and courage will be on view in the Library of Utrecht (Neude) for a month from 19 November.


made by: Erik Alkema & Eveline van de Putte | with: Hanna, Jacqueline & Gonnie, Angela, Niek & Betty, Sofie | thanks to: Utrecht Library

The Eldery Trans Gender Project is a collaboration between the Empowerment Foundation and SEENIK and is supported by Roze50+, ANBO, AFK, IHLIA en COC The Netherlands.

VIDEO EXPO
The Netherlands
Language: Dutch
(English subtitles)

Thu 19 Nov – Wed 16 Dec

Opening times:
Mo – Sat: 9:00h – 21:00h
Sun: 10:00h – 18:00h

Library Neude (Utrecht)

FREE ENTREE

IemeI CAN BE WHOEVER IS THERE | Erik Alkema & Eveline van de Putte