About Theater na de Dam
The idea of this manifestation was and still is simple: right after the national remembrance of the death of the Second World War on the 4th of May at 20h, theatres open their doors for audience to broaden and deepen the commemoration via simultaneously presented theatre-performances of all sorts. The official remembrance in the presence of the king is on Dam square in Amsterdam, hence the manifestations name Theater Na de Dam.
Theater Na de Dam started with 7 performances in 2010 in Amsterdam and last year on the 4th of May in 2018 over 100 performances took place all over the Netherlands. All the established theatre companies and artist participate, but also the more fringe theatre groups and locations. The public television company broadcasts one part of our program live, all newspapers write about it and even those who are not connected with this specific history – for example immigrants and their children – now have a way to connect to this so important history.
International youth program
Also young people (aged around 12 till 20) perform that evening in theatre projects across neighbourhoods in cities. These projects are small in seize and production but big and deep in impact. These projects start a couple weeks before the 4th of May when young people meet and speak to elderly people who were young during the Second World War. We only have a few years left in which these people can tell their stories. These stories form – together with historical information about a city and a location – the inspiration for the theatre performance that the young people make together with a theatre-maker in the weeks after that. Not only the history, but also how this history reflects on todays life and society is part of the performance.
Because these project have such a great impact and are so important, Theater Na de Dam has the modest ambition to start these projects in European capitals. To do so, we chose the 27th of January, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, as a context, rather than the 4th of May which is only a Dutch remembrance day.
In 2017 there was a project in Berlin in cooperation with ACADEMY. In 2018 projects took place in Berlin and Carrara (Italy). In 2020 we have the modest ambition to have around 6 projects throughout Europe. The projects are monitored by Jaïr Stranders, artistic director and Hanna Timmers – artistic and productional leader of the youth program of Theater Na de Dam.
Contact: Hanna Timmers / firstname.lastname@example.org / +31 – 6 11182 575