"Confronts in a very viscious way"
In this charged, political performance, four Africans living in Belgium attempt to solve the complex migration-integration dilemma.
A new country for African-Europeans and European-Africans, where they themselves determine the norms. The performers introduce their ideas to their utopian land to the audience, discussing and debating them before it is left to the audience to vote.
Reverse Colonialism! was inspired by the real and current situations of the Star Boy Collective, who after precarious years of attempting to become 'legal' in Europe now all have their papers. They find themselves now confronted by the reality that 'blue collar' is probably the best they can be in Europe, and that if they are lucky. Rather than telling their, and their community's, stories and experiences of being confronted by the glass ceiling, Reverse Colonialism! attempts to look to the future, or at least a future.
Director | Ahilan Ratnamohan
Dramaturg | Kristof Persyn
Performer-Devisors | Aloys Kwaakum, Etuwe Bright Junior, Lateef Babatunde, John Obi Agbo
Media Artist | Fred Rodrigues
Producers | Ahilan Ratnamohan, Jonathan Offereins
Co-production | Monty Kultuurfaktorij, A Cultured Left Foot vzw
With financial support from Province of Antwerp and City of Antwerp
28, 29 January 2016 Monty Kultuurfaktorij, Antwerp BE WORK-IN-PROGRESS
1, 2 July 2016 LIFT/Battersea Arts Centre, London UK WORK-IN-PROGRESS
21, 22 April 2017 Monty Kultuurfaktorij, Antwerp BE PREMIERE
10 October 2017 Grand Theatre, Groningen NL 24 October 2017 Chez Garden, Antwerpen BE 9, 10 February 2018 Frascati, Amsterdam NL 28, 29 April 2018 BLOK-BLOC Festival, Luchtbal BE 20 July 2018 Welcome to the Village, Leeuwarden NL 22 July Africa Utopia / Southbank Centre, London UK 7 October 2018 Afrovibes / Spui Theater, Den Haag NL 10 October 2018 Afrovibes / De Balie, Amsterdam NL 13 October 2018 Afrovibes / Utrecht Statsschouwburg, NL 14 October 2018 Afrovibes / MAAS, Rotterdam NL 8, 9 February 2019 Beursschouwburg, Brussel BE 13 April 2019 Theater Rotterdam, NL