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20 years post 9/11, Club Guy & Roni and Slagwerk Den Haag work with former Guantánamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi to create a thrilling and in-your-face dance performance about freedom.

Freedom is one of our core values. Wars were and still are fought for it. Yet freedom is a fluid concept, and in the Netherlands, we’re sometimes a little to quick to claim that we’re ‘free’. Hiding behind that freedom is the truth of how we restrict the freedom of others to preserve our own.

Please note: Due to restrictions against the spreading of the corona virus, we are forced to cancel FREEDOM in the period of November 28th until December 19th.⁠

If you’ve already bought tickets, the theatre will contact you. Therefore you don’t have to call or mail the theatre yourself. Thanks in advance for giving our colleagues time to contact all the spectators of the planned performances until December 19th. ⁠

The inspiration for Freedom is the story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was unlawfully detained in Guantánamo Bay, where he was interrogated and tortured for 14 years. His book The Guantanamo Diary tells his harrowing story, and it was recently adapted into a film entitled The Mauritanian. As a writer, Ould Slahi advocates for a world where freedom is an inherent right and forgiveness a core value. Mohamedou has penned an original script for the performance, as writer-in-residence at NITE and De Balie for the 21-22 season.

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“FREEDOM is divided in several chapters. First of all, we see the physical experience of being kidnapped. It’s important to put words to it. Then there’s the fight to get out (…) The third chapter of FREEDOM is an actual phonecall between Mohamedou Ould Slahi and one of his interrogators in Guantanamo Bay. I’m sure this will lead to discussion afterwards. The interrogator literally says, ‘We shouldn’t have tortured you, but I’m 100 percent convinced of your guilt.'”⁠
– Guy Weizman in Dagblad van het Noorden

Freedom is an explosive, high-energy and poignant dance performance that follows in the 20-year tradition of Club Guy & Roni. The show was created by Roni Haver and Guy Weizman, and is performed by an award-winning ensemble of dancers and musicians from ‘the Club’ and Slagwerk Den Haag.

Listen to the Warm-up podcast before the show
Listen to our online introduction 🎧 FREEDOM: THE WARM UP 🎧 on your way to the theater or at home when getting ready.
⁠Find it in your favorite podcast app (itunes, spotify, google podcasts or stitcher) or listen below.

 

Freedom is language no problem.

 

In just over an hour, five dancers paint impressions of Slahi's experiences. Horrifying and beautiful is the depiction of the disorientation he must have felt in his defenselessness

NRC

the in-your-face performance that we were promised. Tough and ruthless. Not a hymn to freedom, not at all. Rather what it means to lose it.

Theaterkrant

A dark, raving dance concert

De Volkskrant

theater that matters

Dagblad van het Nooorden

Guy & Roni rightly call the performance an 'in your face' accusation

Het Parool

credits

Mohamedou Ould Slahi

Schrijver

Guy Weizman

Choreograaf

Roni Haver

Choreograaf

Maison the Faux

Kostuum ontwerp

Ascon de Nijs

Scenograaf

Hugo Morales Murguía

Componist

Friederike Schubert

Dramaturg

Maarten van Rossem

Lichtontwerper
CREDITS
Choreography: Guy Weizman & Roni Haver
Script: Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Composer: Hugo Morales Murguía
Set design and live painting: Ascon de Nijs
Costumes: MAISON the FAUX
Dancers: Angela Herenda, Camilo Chapela, Harold Luya, Jésula Toussaint Visser, Roni Haver
Music: Agata Kruszewska, Dirge Seçil Kuran, Niels Meliefste, Ricardo Oliveira
Dramaturg: Friederike Schubert
Lighting design: Maarten van Rossem
Sound design: Peter Zwart
NITE HOTEL creation: Martijn Halie, Slash2
NITE HOTEL curation: Rajae El Mouhandiz
NITE HOTEL partners: Lilith, De Balie Amsterdam
Special thanks to:
Team Club Guy & Roni
Team Noord Nederlands Toneel
Team Slagwerk Den Haag
Team De Balie Amsterdam
Rik van den Bos
Bastian Berbner
John Goetz
Johanna Leuschen

tourlist

Dec
Tue 7 Dec 20:00
Agenda

Freedom

Zwolse Theaters - De Spiegel
Wed 8 Dec 20:15
Agenda

Freedom

Stadstheater Arnhem
Tue 14 Dec 20:00
Agenda

Freedom

Parkstad Limburg Theaters Kerkrade
Wed 15 Dec 20:30
Agenda

Freedom

Parktheater Eindhoven
Tue 21 Dec 20:15
Agenda

Freedom

Theater De Veste Delft
Jan
Tue 25 Jan 20:30
Agenda

Freedom

Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie Leeuwarden
Wed 26 Jan 20:15
Agenda

Freedom

SPOT Stadsschouwburg Groningen
Thu 27 Jan 20:15
Agenda

Freedom

SPOT Stadsschouwburg Groningen
Fri 28 Jan 20:15
Agenda

Freedom

SPOT Stadsschouwburg Groningen
Dec
Thu 2 Dec 20:15
Agenda

Freedom

De Maaspoort Venlo
Wed 1 Dec 20:00
Agenda

Freedom

Schouwburg De Lawei Drachten
Nov
Thu 25 Nov 20:15
Agenda

Freedom

Leidse Schouwburg
Wed 24 Nov 20:30
Agenda

Freedom

Chassé Theater Breda
Sat 20 Nov 20:00
Agenda

Freedom

Theater aan het Vrijthof Maastricht
Fri 19 Nov 20:15
Agenda

Freedom

Kunstmin Dordrecht
Thu 18 Nov 20:15
Agenda

Freedom

Theaters Tilburg
Tue 16 Nov 20:15
Agenda

Freedom

TAQA Theater De Vest Alkmaar
Wed 3 Nov 20:15
Agenda

Freedom

Koninklijke Schouwburg Den Haag
Tue 2 Nov 20:00
Agenda

Freedom

Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
Oct
Sun 31 Oct 19:30
Agenda

Freedom

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
Sat 30 Oct 19:30
Agenda

Freedom

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
Thu 28 Oct 20:00
Agenda

Freedom

Theater Rotterdam,Schouwburg
Wed 27 Oct 20:00
Agenda

Freedom

Theater Rotterdam,Schouwburg
Fri 22 Oct 20:00
Agenda

Freedom

Wilminktheater Enschede
Wed 20 Oct 20:00
Agenda

Freedom

Deventer Schouwburg
Sat 16 Oct 20:15
Agenda

Freedom

SPOT Stadsschouwburg Groningen
Fri 15 Oct 20:15
Agenda

Freedom

SPOT Stadsschouwburg Groningen
Thu 14 Oct 20:15
Agenda

Freedom

SPOT Stadsschouwburg Groningen

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