Project type: Theatrical performance and photo/video exhibition
Location: Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
Period: January – June 2008
Supervision/direction: Renske Hofman
Co-operating artists: Pablo van Wetten, José Witteveen, Michel Willemsen
Partner organisation: Hulp en Welzijn Leeuwarden
Financing: VSBfonds, NFPK, Oranje Fonds
Theme: Visualising the experiences of teenagers
Aim: Developing the talents of teenagers from underdeveloped neighbourhoods
Number of participants: 5Number of performances and reach: 4, with a total of 200 spectators
What do YOU know?!
A show about teenagers trying to stay afloat in a world where they are bombarded with impulses all the time. About making choices, impotence, friends, parents, temptation, in short: growing up and everything around it. With the help of Ubuntu the actors distilled their own stories into caricatures that each deal with life in their own particular way. From five typical chairs they gave the audience an insight into their world. We got to know a gamer, someone with ADD, a marihuana smoker, a power-hungry teen and an enormous hothead with a warm heart. The text was based on their own words. These were further enhanced by video footage and music that made the current abundance of impulses visible, audible and tangible. The road to this performance was far from easy. Many obstacles were overcome and doubts conquered to finally be able to speak with pride of a beautiful and sincere show. A show that made the spectators laugh and touched them and an experience that the teenagers will never forget. They were heard and they were taken seriously.