WhyTheatre?! is a series of guest lectures and meetings with theatre and dance researchers and practitioners throughout the year.

Most recent events:

NL Donderdag 4 oktober: Why Theatre?! Over artistieke autonomie en verantwoordelijkheid
Deze maand maar liefst twee Why Theatre? events! Op woensdagavond 4 oktober vindt een Nederlandstalige editie plaats, in en in samenwerking met Het Huis Utrecht. Hoe reflecteren kunstenaars op de wereld om hen heen en hoe wordt de kunst zelf door de maatschappelijke realiteit beïnvloed? Kijk voor meer informatie hier en op de website van Het Huis.

ENG Friday October 5th: Why Theatre?! The hybrid practice of Marjolijn van Heemstra  Marjolijn van Heemstra is a Dutch poet, novelist, theatre maker, program maker and occasionally a journalist, and preferably all of those things at the same time. She is also a big fan of horses and astronauts. Her work for the theatre might be best described as a fruitful mix of journalism, poetry and activism. She brings real lives and issues of real people to the stage. Reality, imagination and fiction meet each other on stage.
On Friday, October 5th Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink (Theatre Studies Utrecht) will talk with Marjolijn about her hybrid practice. How did her practice develop? How do all these different forms of making, creating, narrating relate to each other? What limitations do they have or what possibilities do they offer? And how does she decide which form to choose for what story?

Time: 15.30 – 17.00hrs
Location: Utrecht, Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 20/Muntstraat 2a, Theatre Hall
Entrance: free

Marjolijn Heemstra is Writer-in-Residence at the Centre for the Humanities (Utrecht University) in 2018. She has just finished a podcast SØR, a story about her and her former history teacher Richard Sørensen. One became a ‘left’ writer, the other a ‘right’ politician. She is the founder of the Rotterdamse Akademie voor Stadsastronauten, an initiative to teach earth dwellers how to become cosmonauts. For her most recent performance Kruistocht she was inspired by Thea Beckman’s Kruistocht in spijkerbroek. In 2017 she published a novel En we noemen hem. Also in 2017 she created the performance Zohre. Een Afghaans-Nederlandse soap, together with an Afghan refugee. She shared the stage with a priest in Als ik de liefde niet heb.