Classical theater gets funky beat in international premiere The Revivalists 'Who do you think I am? "

"Theatre is like jazz," say directors Marjorie Boston and Maarten van Hinte: "It’s about the mix, about the flow". The two already made urban theater before with ‘Nina Simone Alive!'. At October 4, their new show The Revivalists will have its world premiere at Bijlmer Parktheater in Amsterdam. Together with jazz-hiphop DJ Love Supreme and seven actors from South Africa, England and The Netherlands, classical European theatre texts take on a new dimension. In The Revivalists young artists from the Netherlands, England and South Africa dive into a number of major classical texts from European playwriting: The Bacchae of Euripides, Shakespeare's Othello, Mary Stuart by Schiller, The Cherry Orchard by Chekhov and An Enemy of the People by Ibsen. Dutch actor Mandela Wee Wee (known from Gone with the Wind and Mogadishu): "The change that my character Lepage goes through I also see in my own life. He also changes from an underdog into a man who achieved more than he had ever imagined".

The world as a construction site

The Revivalists literally shows a world under construction. A no-mans land where several characters from different corners of the world are condemned to each other. But it is also a construction site where they try to build a new identity with texts and stories from past and present. Classical texts, remixed and remastered. Which, in a surprising way join the world of the young theatre makers. Actor Chuma Sopotela: "Othello I first found absolutely not an interesting character at all, but we turned out to have many similarities. His insecurities are recognisable to me. Who is doing the right thing for you and who is fucking you up?"

From the Netherlands to the UK and to South Africa

The Revivalists is a production of Afrovibes, and will have its premiere in the lead up to the Afrovibes festival. It is an international collaboration between Theatre Arts Admin Collective in Cape Town, Afrovibes Festival, RIGHTABOUTNOW INC. in The Netherlands and The Albany in Britain. The show will have its world premiere on October 4 in Bijlmer Parktheater and will than go on tour in the other two countries. Boston: "It was inspiring to work with artists from three countries, each having their own language, their own style of performing and expression. Even though everybody has different roots, their emotions, desires and motivations were all exactly the same".

Poetry Circle Nowhere

After or preceding the performance of The Revivalists in Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Groningen and Amsterdam you will experience an extra performance, which is based on The Revivalists. Poetry Circle Nowhere is a group of young performers inspired by writing and performing. They will work on the theme of identity and ‘the other and you’ inspired by The Revivalists, directed by Mike van Wetten. A tantalising combination of words, acting and sounds.

Play List 2014

Fri 3-10 / 20:00 ZIMIHC Theater, Utrecht (Try-out)

Sat 04-10 / 20:30 Bijlmer Parktheater, Amsterdam (Premiere)

Sun 05-10 / 20:30 MC Theater, Amsterdam

Mon 06-10 / 20:30 Grand Theatre, Groningen

Tue 07-10 / 20:30 Gouvernestraat, Rotterdam

Thu 09-10 / 21:30 MC Theater, Amsterdam

Fri 10-10 / 20:15 De Nieuwe Regentes, The Hague

Sat 11-10 / 21:30 Parktheater, Eindhoven


Production: Afrovibes / Director: Marjorie Boston & Maarten van Hinte / Cast: Mandela Wee Wee, Senna Gourdou, Pusetso Thibedi, Lidija Marelic, Chuma Sapotela, Chill Pill Collective / Music: Gaby Damude (DJ Love Supreme).

The Revivalists has been made possible by the Fund for the Performing Arts.

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About Afrovibes festival

Afrovibes is een jaarlijks festival van hedendaags theater, dans en muziek uit Zuidelijk Afrika. Het festival brengt opkomend en gevestigd Afrikaans talent naar Europa om een Europees publiek te ontmoeten. Het festival creëert de mogelijkheid voor een uitgebreide artistieke uitwisseling met kunstenaars in Europa. Theater, dans en muziek zijn de kerndisciplines van het festival. 

Vier dagen lang kan het publiek genieten van alle kwaliteit dat Zuidelijk Afrika te bieden heeft in theaters in Amsterdam (MCTheater, Bijlmer Parktheater), Utrecht (Rasa/ Stadsschouwburg), DenHaag (De Nieuwe Regentes, PaardvanTroje), Eindhoven (Parktheater) en Rotterdam (Maaspodium). Na 12 oktober gaat het festival 4 weken op tournee in Engeland langs 18 steden.