WHAT YOU SEE OPENING NIGHT

What You See Festival celebrates its fifth anniversary! We mark the occasion with this festival and poignant opening program. Poet Radna Fabias is back at the festival and reads a poem written especially for us. Then, there will be no less than two performances. Makisig Akin and Anya Cloud share part of their intimate We Are (nothing) Everything and choreographer Cheroney Pelupessey presents some scenes from the energetic Keturunan. We conclude the evening in the multimedia exhibition of The Other Bulgarian Women. The pop-up works by students of the HKU are also present, so there is plenty to see and experience.

We Are (nothing) Everything | Makisig Akin & Anya Cloud
Makisig Akin and Anya Cloud re-imagine the story of creation, making our queer ancestors’ wildest dreams come true. Desire, guilt, pleasure and grief intersect to reveal the multiple ways in which love can manifest – a queer Noah’s arc that pays tribute to the power of what can be done together that cannot be done alone.

Keturunan (descendant) | Cheroney Pelupessey
Urban dance and traditional Balinese dance merge in this performance about pride, shame, suffering, honor and confusion. Indonesian and Moluccan descendants reflect on their roots, their ancestors’ journey to the Netherlands and its impact on their relationship with the country.

Visitors to What You See Opening Night will also get an exclusive link to the documentary made about Keturunan.

The Other Bulgarian Women | Mísho
Tonight, we’ll also celebrate the Dutch premiere of the activist multimedia installation The Other Bulgarian Womenthrough which trans women claim their space in Bulgaria’s past, present and future. Trans women play the leading role, re-appropriating traditional Bulgarian folk symbols and making them their own. DJ Sokrat will accompany us with some nice beats. 


with: Radna Fabias, Makisig Akin & Anya Cloud, Cheroney Pelupessy, Mísho & DJ Sokrat | photo’s: Tim Richards, Elizar Veerman, Sjoerd Derine
We Are (nothing) Everything | choreography and performance: Makisig Akin & Anya Cloud | DJ: Rafa Cunha
Keturunan | direction & choreography: Cheroney Pelupessy | dance: Melissa Damayanti, Sascha Lekatompessy, Simon Mual, Mezack Sahetapy, Moya Wenno | music: Tom van Wee, Karindra Perrier | costumes: Mirjam Manusama | light: Simchah Hoed | art-and.nl

POETRY/DANCE/EXPO
Curacao, The Netherlands, Philippines, U.S.A., Bulgaria
language: Dutch & English 

Thu 17 Nov
20:00 – 22:00

Location
Theater Kikker

Regular23,50
Wage Gap -14%*20,21
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.

IemeWHAT YOU SEE OPENING NIGHT

THE OTHER BULGARIAN WOMEN | MÍSHO (Dutch premiere)

A friend of artist and activist Mísho lost her job after being outed as a trans woman. This injustice triggered the creation of The Other Bulgarian Women, through which trans women claim their space in Bulgaria’s past, present and future. Mísho created intriguing queer installation versions of Bulgarian painter Vladimir Dimitrov’s pieces from the 20s’ and 30s’.  Trans women play the leading role now, re-appropriating traditional Bulgarian folk symbols and making them their own. On What You See Festival’s opening night, this activist multimedia installation will be opened by a memorable DJ set.

Alongside the exhibition and for the first time outside of Bulgaria the video Bulgaria in Trance can seen. Four of the participants from the exhibition share their views on topics like family, love, childhood and dreams.

Mísho will also be taking part in the What You See Symposium on Friday 18 November. 


concept, design, light: Mísho | music: UpAllNight | DJ: Sokrat 

MULTIMEDIA INSTALLATION 
Bulgaria
Language No Problem

Thu 17 Nov: 22:00 – 00:00
Fri 18 Nov: 16:00 – 22:00
Sat 19 Nov: 15:00 – 18:00
Sun 20 Nov: 14:00 – 17:00

Location
Theater Kikker 
Kleine Zaal

Free of charge

IemeTHE OTHER BULGARIAN WOMEN | MÍSHO (Dutch premiere)

WE STAND IN LOVE | QUEER NEEDLEWORK CIRCLE

The growing art quilt WE STAND IN LOVE is coming to Utrecht in November! When in 2021 the far-right group Feyenoord Zero Tolerance spoke out against the Roze Kameraden (the Feyenoord LGBTQIA+ support group), it was time for action. The participants of the Queer Needlework Circle picked up their embroidery needles and invited others to work together on WE STAND IN LOVE – a colourful quilt that pays tribute to love, compassion and tolerance. Embroider with us! Every day is dedicated to a theme for which different artists are invited.

THU 17 NOV | THE FUTURE IS FEMME
14:00 | Performative lecture Feministische Handwerk Partij
This political feminist artist movement is dedicated to studying, repairing, speaking, patching up, unlearning and mending. Join their performance! @feministischehandwerkpartij

FRI 18 NOV | A TOUCH OF FETISH | FRI 18 NOV
14:00 & 15:30 | Irristable Iris
Latex lover Irristable Iris gives two short performances in which rubber fun, fetish, trust and safety playfully merge.

SAT 19 NOV | YOUNG AND PROUD
14:30 | In conversation with Elmar Noteboom
Elmar Noteboom picks up the embroidery needles and engages with young people to discuss diversity at school. Join the conversation! 

SUN 20 NOV | DRAG MY QUILT
14:00 & 16:00 | House of Hopelezz & Lost Boys
House of Hopelezz and Lost Boys bring their ballroom moves and drag vibe to the library. Protest and dance in one! 


concept & curation: Theodoor Adriaans & Hans Hutting | with: Emmeline de Mooij & Margreet Sweerts (Feministische Handwerk Partij), Renée Dekker & Jürgen Theuns, Elmar Noteboom, House of Hopelezz & Lost Boys | thanks to: Bilbliotheek Neude | photo: Sas Schilten | queerneedleworkcircle.comfeministischehandwerkpartij.org, elmarnoteboom.com, houseofhopelezz.com, bibliotheekutrecht.nl 

EXHIBITION
The Netherlands
Language No Problem 

Thu 17 – Sun 20 Nov 
12:00 – 18:00 (Sat 11:00 – 16:00)

Location
Bibliotheek Neude

Free entrance

IemeWE STAND IN LOVE | QUEER NEEDLEWORK CIRCLE

EXPANDED SCENOGRAPHY | STUDENTS HKU

What is your personal protest? This question was put to seven students of the Theatre Design programme. During What You See Festival you can experience their answers! The students worked with the theme ‘My Body, My Protest’ and their pop-ups will surprise you at any time and any place during the festival. Installations, performances, interventions in public space, visual art; everything is possible. They will treat visitors to tantalising gems and are not afraid to knock down sacred cows. Keep your ears and eyes open so as not to miss a thing!

WE ARE CAPILUS | Fay van Erp & Flox Aalberts
Het Huis Utrecht
We want optimal profits. We want to fully exploit you and your body. You are our product. We throw nothing away, squander nothing. Your hair is our resource. Your waste our capital. Blonde, black, grey, white, curly, frizzy, straight; we don’t care. We want to harvest, we want to make a profit.

THAN YOUR NOSE IS LONG | Leandra Hak
Theater Kikker
Notice the discomforts, irritations, jokes, rawness of the everyday and let it be what it is. Don’t ignore it, look at it, absorb it. It is beautiful the way it is. Even if it is ugly.

HAVE A SKIRT | Lucas Dragt
Het Huis Utrecht
Step into the fitting room and put on a skirt! How does it fit? How does it look? How do you feel in it? What does it mean to wear a skirt? Who are skirts actually for?

BHAAAAA GRHAAAA HUMMM | Merel Pielkenrood
Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
Expression
Express
Out!
Impulses and expressions on paper, arising from the themes of protest and movement.

ARE YOU ON YOUR PERIOD OR SOMETHING? | Saskia Jones-Walters
Het Huis Utrecht

Are you passionate, firm, a strong leader? Or are you hysterical and aggressive. Maybe you’re just on your period. How do you learn to be angry if, as a young woman, you were taught not to be? An audiovisual work that questions who is entitled to anger. 


by and with: Flox Aalberts, Lucas Dragt, Fay van Erp, Leandra Hak, Saskia Jones-Walters, Rebeka Nemeth, Merel Pielkenrood | coaching HKU: Kim Vogels, Joost van Wijmen and Sanne Leufkens

INSTALLATIONS AND MORE
The Netherlands
Language No Problem

Thu 17 – Sun 21 Nov
different locations & times

IemeEXPANDED SCENOGRAPHY | STUDENTS HKU

WORKSHOP CONTENT WARNING | JENNY WILSON

In recent years, there’s been a big increase in performances that have gender and queer themes as their subjects. A development to be warmly welcomed! Particularly because gender-diverse audiences potentially find recognition in them, and because through these performances gender-diverse stories become visible and tangible to a wider audience. But they also come with a responsibility towards audiences. What potential triggers does the performance have, what assumptions are made about the audience, how to actively create a space where people feel safe, how to implement consent and organise aftercare? 

We’ll dive into those topics in this workshop on Content Warning. Jenny Wilson (UK) is a theatre professional and researcher and her lecture will give a frame on consent and audiences. Then performance artist Paula Chaves Bonilla shares her research on the topic. Both inputs serve as a starting point to engage in a conversation led by Jenny Wilson. 

Aim of the workshop is to share knowledge, to acquire concrete tools and to engage in dialogue about possibilities, desires and complexities. It provides an entry point to put the topic of consent in relation to the public on the agenda within your own organisation and implement it within your context. 


The workshop is in English. Participation is on the basis of Pay What You Can (with a minimum of 1,-). You can enter the desired amount by clicking the donation button. 


with: Jenny Wilson, Paula Chaves Bonilla | photo: Lody Meijer | jennywilson.co.uk, paulachaves.net

WORKSHOP
Dutch 

Thu 18 Nov 
11:00 – 13:00

Location
Zoom (online)

Participation is on the basis of Pay What You Can (with a minimum of 1,-). You can enter the desired amount by clicking the donation button. 

IemeWORKSHOP CONTENT WARNING | JENNY WILSON

MANIFEST | RADNA FABIAS

At the very first What You See Festival, poet Radna Fabias read from her award-winning debut Habitus. This year she’s back, presenting a new poem created specially for What You See. Through the power of words, Radna opens up unexpected worlds and reveals fascinating new insights. On our opening night she read the poem for the first time. The last lines were inscribed in her handwriting on a wall in the foyer of Theatre Kikker. It can still be seen there!


by: Radna Fabias | thanks to: Michael Roumen | photo: Elizar Veerman | radnafabias.com 

POETRY

Thu 17 Nov
During What You See Opening Night 
Theater Kikker 

Till November 25
Online

IemeMANIFEST | RADNA FABIAS

DOCU QUEER PLANET | ISAURA SANWIRJATMO & HNTJONG

To accompany the performance Queer Planet documentary filmmaker Isaura Sanwirjatmo followed 10 young people who identify as queer, documenting their quest for identity, gender and love. Isaura mixed her subjects’ personal stories with a dreamy animated world interlaced with their experiences and fantasies. What would life be like if queerness were the norm?

This intimate documentary can be watched here till Sunday the 4th of December. 


direction: Isaura Sanwirjatmo | camera: René Huwaë | research: Brecht de Backer | animation: TeYos | with: Alejandro Malcolm, Pris Roos, Naomi Grant, Art Srisayam, Dook van Dijck, Nikki Brörmann, Asther Briek, Jason Hanna, Sharmila Vooren, Marlin Devil | producer: HNTjong | hnt.nl

DOCUMENTARY 
The Netherlands
language: Dutch 

Thu 17 Nov – Sun 4 Dec

Location
Online

free of charge

IemeDOCU QUEER PLANET | ISAURA SANWIRJATMO & HNTJONG

DOCU BEYOND BORDERS | HIND ELJADID & ELITA OSMANI

For the second part of their Beyond Borders project, word artist Hind Eljadid and videographer Elita Osmani travelled to North Macedonia, where they explored the connection between human rights, art and activism. They cleverly create a comparison between Eastern and Western Europe, and how the rise of (extreme) right-wing politics are shaping society. Till December 4 you can watch the documentary below. Hind and one of the protagonists are also part of What You See Symposium! 


direction: Hind Eljadid | camera, edit, producer: Elita Osmani | music by: Sumnima Setling, J10, djantrix, Leo Popovich, Hendrike Scharmaan | with: Nikola Eftimov, Sasho Dimoski, Monika Zajkova, Teodora Cvetkovska, Dolores a.k.a Leo Popovich, Zoran Nikolovski, Safehouse MK, Slampoetry Scene MK | supported by: Vermeylenfonds, Huis Van De Mens, What You See Festival, Caruu

DOCUMENTARY 
Belgium
language: English 

Thu 17 Nov – Sun 4 Dec

Location
Online

free of charge

IemeDOCU BEYOND BORDERS | HIND ELJADID & ELITA OSMANI

WHAT YOU SEE OPENING NIGHT | ARIAH LESTER, Gavin-Viano, Sue-Ann Bel, Silvia Gribaudi

On this What You See Opening Night, four artists each in their own way search for connection, take you into their world and thus mark the fourth edition of What You See Festival.

The evening opens in the foyer with Ayahuasca (Rope of Spirits). As drag queen, countertenor ARIAH LESTER shares his quest for identity and makes you think about your own unanswered questions. Then the theatre awaits us. In the musical monologue Able to fuck love, Gavin-Viano makes an attempt to understand his perception of sex and love. Vulnerable and personal, and at the same time critical of our world full of exoticism. In Peso Piuma, the Italian Silvia Gribaudi gives her interpretation of the traditional ‘dying swan’. With her whole being, she seeks intimacy and creates a swan that is both light and powerful. In LEB NNA-EUS, Sue-Ann Bel seeks both the beast and the man and the diva within herself: “As hard as I can, As long as I can, As much as I can, As black as I am.” – Grace Jones


Ayahuasca (Rope of Spirits) / maker & performer: ARIAH LESTER | production: Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam
Able to fuck love / performer: Gavin-Viano | pianist: Joachim Henriëtta | componist: Gavin-Viano & Joachim Henriëtta | arrangeur: Ilja Reingoud | violinists: Eurasia Quartet, Asia Czaj, Stanislav Degtyarev, Ekaterina Degtiareva, Eglė Kaunietytė, Paloma Ortas | sound design: Tobias Stolk| production management: Jostha Delima | thanks to: SENA, Fonds Podiumkunsten en Stichting TRC Promotion

Peso Piuma / maker & performer: Silvia Gribaudi | part of the project Swans Never Die
LEB NNA-EUS / maker & performer: Sue-Ann Bel | production: Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam

It is the unashamed surrender to romance that makes Able to fuck love so special. His vulnerable quest for romance is touching.

Marijn Lems on Theaterkrant.nl

PERFORMANCE
The Netherlands / Italy / Venezuela
English

Thu 18 Nov
20:00
105 min

Theater Kikker

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.

IemeWHAT YOU SEE OPENING NIGHT | ARIAH LESTER, Gavin-Viano, Sue-Ann Bel, Silvia Gribaudi

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)