Her(e) is based on long conversations with black female artists, actresses and activists. On that basis, Hermans wrote a play about their lives in Belgium. About challenges and hope, work and theatre, families and sisterhood. A political and intimate evening.
Dalilla Hermans, author of 'Brief aan Cooper en de wereld', 'Zwart', 'Brown Girl Magic', 'Black-Out' and columnist at De Standaard, researched for her(e) her own experience in recent years in books and columns. For her first theater piece, she wanted to capture, beyond her own view, the special sisterhood that exists among black women.
Together with Abigail Abraham she drew up a guest list of inspiring black women in Flanders and Brussels and invited them for a 24-hour stay at Villa Hellebosch. No less than 31 women (actresses, singers, illustrators, writers, social workers, poets, dancers), from their early twenties to their fifties, came together.
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What happened that weekend was magical. It went far beyond beauty, far beyond laughter, far beyond hips all dancing to the beat, far beyond eating and catching up together. None of these women will ever be quite the same after this weekend. Everything was put on the table: traumas they didn't even know they had, joy too, intense joy and a deep sense of the need to come together, share and purvey self-love from the natural connection with each other.
Based on audio, video and photographic material from this special stay, Dalilla Hermans wrote her(e). Abigail Abraham is on stage. Not a monologue, but a dialogue. Between black women. Between black women and the white gaze on them.
"As we heard a black woman say as we left the room, 'I didn't participate, but it was my life on stage"Filip Tielens - De Standaard ***
play and co-creationAbigail Abraham
concept, text, scenography & directionDalilla Hermans
photography, videography and audiovisual directionHarmony Benegusenga
dramaturgy and co-creationCarolina Maciel de França
co-dramaturgyStefan Bläske , Eline Banken , Kaatje De Geest
musical directorWillem Blontrock
singingCoely Mbueno, Prisca Agnes Nishimwe, Judith Okon Manoe Adusei-Owusu, Briana Ashley Stuart
production managementSebastiaan Peeters, Elli De Meyer
technical production managementOliver Houttekiet
sound techniqueBart Meeusen
light designFrank Haesevoets
video techniquePredrag Momcilovic
set realisationFlup Beys , Pierre Keulemans , Joris Soenen
surtitlingEline Banken , Kaatje De Geest , Lesley Van Damme
this production was realized with the support ofThe Belgian Tax Shelter
thanks toManoe Adusei-Owusu (=Sunkwa), Lisa Akinyi May, Emma-Lee Amponsah, Ann-Sophie Chioma Opara (=ANSO), Aïcha Cissé, Heleen Debeuckelaere, Aminata Demba , Renaldi Diombo, Noonah Eze (= dj Black Mamba), Inès Eshun, Vanessa Gaudy (=dj Vaneeshua), Melat Gebeyaw Nigussie, Sabrine Ingabire, Hannah-Kenyatah Opong, Rébecca Louis, Lisette Ma Neza, Kiangana Maputshi, Nefera Mavambu, Coely Mbueno, Marie Niasse, Reine Nkiambote, Soe Nsuki, Stella Nyanchama, Dominique Nzeyimana, Lindah Nyirenda, Judith Okon, Martha da Rossa Canga Antonio (=Martha Da'ro), Colette Umuhoza, Aparecida Vi Baijot
- 6 Feb 20 — De Standaard: Zwart zijn staat gegraveerd in de genen *** (recensie Her(e))
- 6 Feb 20 — De Morgen: Dalilla Hermans raakt een gevoelige snaar in her(e) *** (Recensie Her(e))
- 4 Feb 20 — VRT NWS: Her(e) gisteren in Het Journaal Laat (vanaf 12: 43)
- 18 Feb 20 — De Standaard: Het theater bekent eindelijk kleur (onder andere over "Her(e)" en andere theatervoorstellingen waar het steeds meer gaat over culturele diversiteit, racisme en dekolonisering)
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