Unmistakeably personal and yet accessible to a wide audience. Dance maker Ryan Djojokarso manages to translate important social topics into playful and poignant performances with a healthy helping of humour and a down-to-earth light-heartedness. This time he takes his Surinam roots as a point of departure and the question, “faf a libi?” (how’s life?). Stories by people from Surinam who immigrated to the Netherlands at one point in their lives form the basis for the script. Their story of migration is brought to the stage through a storm of memories. From growing up in Surinam to the decision to emigrate, the trip, the arrival, the homesickness, acclimatizing, the feeling of loss… LIBI is a multidisciplinary biography with dance and live music in a large visual stage setting about the lives of migrants in the Netherlands.
concept & choreography Ryan Djojokarso | script Ryan Djojokarso, Raoul de Jong | live music a.o. Jeangu Macrooy | soundscape Jorg Schellekens | performance Jochem Eerdekens, Sedrig Verwoert, Maria Zhukova, Elizaveta Zhukova, a.o. | light design Ate Jan van Kampen | stage design Davy van Gerven | thanks to the stories of Joke de Bekker, Jane Biekman, Lucien Farzan, Tobias Monsanto, Barbara Oppenheimer, Trees Renfurm, Wonny Stuger, Rohiet Tjon, Helen Winter
LIBI is created in collaboration with Korzo, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and Zuiderstrandtheater and made possible by the Performing Arts Funds NL with support of the Municipality of The Hague and the VSB Fonds.