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Alida Neslo & Nilo Berrocal


South America

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 decides to stay in Europe. He studies at the Utrecht college of the arts and between 1991 and 2000 works as an actor, director and educator with multicultural theatre company De Nieuw Amsterdam (of which Alida Neslo is 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. 

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