FROM ADINKRA TO ALAKONDRE ['from Identity to Affinity']

Artist: Alida Neslo & Nilo Berrocal

'FROM ADINKRA TO ALAKONDRE' ['from Identity to Affinity'].

Not one race possesses the monopoly of beauty, intelligence and inner strength. Every people, every culture contains wisdom AND stupidities. Via school curricula - and nowadays via internet- we get a glimpse of cultures in Africa, Asia, South America, etc. In fact, we make them our own in our minds in a very subtle way; through this Alakondre workshop, we can get to know them through gesture, which offers an understanding on a much deeper level. Identities come together without losing their own essence: chemistry matters, but even without chemistry, you can't replace the power of shared experience!


Physical warm up: Nilo Berrocal

Ethnic movement: Alida Neslo

Coro del alma (choir of body and mind): Nilo and Alida


Alida Neslo was born in 1954 in Paramaribo, Suriname. She studied theatre and dance in Belgium and Senegal, but after living and working in Antwerp and Amsterdam for a long time, she decided to go back to Suriname in 2005. During her time in Belgium and the Netherlands she worked as a performer in ground breaking intercultural theatre and political productions. Later, she became artistic director of Holland's premier intercultural theatre company De Nieuw Amsterdam (DNA) and subsequently of Dasarts, an experimental graduate programme for professional performers. Now back in Suriname, she works in schools and prisons - and is developing a new engaged art curriculum for young professionals at the National Conservatory of Paramaribo.

Nilo Berrocal grew up in the Peruvian Andes. He has been making theatre since he was 14. In his early twenties he travelled with theatre collective Kantuta through Peru and other Latin American countries. After residencies in Paris and Berlin in 1987, he decided to stay in Europe. He studied at the Utrecht college of the arts and between 1991 and 2000 worked as an actor, director and educator with multicultural theatre company De Nieuw Amsterdam (of which Alida Neslo was artistic director during part of this period). Over the past 15 years he has developed his own method of theatrical storytelling, which he demonstrates worldwide. He also teaches a module in community art at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Thursday 30 March 13.30
Friday 31 March 13.30