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Aurelie Di Marino - If there weren’t any blacks you’d have to invent them

maa 26/02/2018 > zon 11/03/2018

Five actors attempt to translate the view on racism and identity from the mythical 60s into current terms.

Aurelie Di Marino invites Ahilan Ratnamohan, Benjamin Op de beeck, Nona Buhrs, Farbod Fathinejadfard and Kaat Arnaert to put ‘If there weren’t any blacks you should have to invent them’ on stage, a 1968 filmscript written by Johnny Speight. By staging this seemingly outdated movie, they question an important paradox of society today: the conscious complicity of the members of society to systemic violence which is openly ignored and displaced and which creates a lingering subconscious feeling of guilt at an individual level. ’If there weren’t any blacks you’d have to invent them’ plays with the paradox between the acknowledgement of the injustice of the dominant white male powerstructures and the fact that one uses those same powerstructures to consolidate their personal position. Everybody puts on his costume and plays his role. Is there still a human heart beating behind the costume?

Based on the screenplay ’If There Weren’t Any Blacks You’d Have to Invent Them’ by Johnny Speight I By and with: Aurelie Di Marino, Farbod Fathinejadfard, Benjamin Op de Beeck, Ahilan Ratnamohan, Nona Buhrs, Kaat Arnaert I Dramaturgy: Dries Douibi I Technical support: Gregor Van Mulders, Delphine Dupont I Decor: Jozef Wouters / Decoratelier & Tim Vanhentenryk I Costumes: Atelier Ad Hoc I Production: Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek I Coproduction: d e t h e a t e r m a k e r, I Beursschouwburg, De Grote Post, C-TAKT I Supported by Vlaamse Overheid, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Het Bos, Kunstencentrum BUDA I Thanks to: Btissame Bourrich, Merel Van de Gehuchte, Elsemieke Scholte, Karlien Vanhoonacker, Johan Dehollander, Delphine Coërs

2018
MAR 10- 11 @ Beursschouwburg (on location: Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek), Brussels (BE) ***Premiere***
MAY 12 @ Programmers’ Days, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Brussels (BE)
MAY 16-17 @ Het Bos, Antwerpen (BE)
JUL 28-29 @ TAZ#18, Oostende (BE)
SEP 19-20 @ Love at First Sight, DeSingel, Antwerpen (BE)

2019
APR 2019 @ Schouwburg, Rotterdam (NL) - dates to be specified
APR 26 @ CC Grote Post, Oostende (BE)
APR 29-30 @ Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL) (to be confirmed)
Spring 2019 @ C – TAKT, Gent (BE) - dates to be specified