Yuropa is a dance performance about migration. Choreographer Qudus Onikeku shows the bizarre and realistic journey of three young Nigerians to Europe that leads to a violent incident. The travelers expose an uncomfortable reality that confronts us with our prejudices surrounding migration. What does it mean to travel in a time of humanitary crisis? Onikeku explores how we can understand each other’s truths better through sharing stories, music, rituals and fantasy. Yuropa refers to ‘Europe’ and ‘Yoruba’, an ethnic group and culture from West Africa.
Duration: +/- 60 minutes.
Afrovibes festival brings for the sixteenth edition (and sixth time in the Maaspodium) young pioneers and established talent in theater, dance, music and design from Africa to the Netherlands. Afrovibes shows the dynamic cultural life of urban Africa and connects this with Dutch artists and the public. The festival is from 3 to 13 October in Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague and Rotterdam.
Saturday 12 October and Sunday 13 October the festival is in the Maaspodium.
Speak Truth to Power
This year’s festival theme is Speak Truth to Power. Our current world has an abundance of information. With the growth of unfiltered (online) information sources, the question arises as to which information is true and which is not. Has the concept of truth become an illusion in a world where “fake news” and manipulated facts drown out reality and reinforce existing stereotypes?
By: Qudus, Qdance
Choreography: Qudus Onikeku
Dance: Deborah Aiyegbeni, Chibueze Hermes Iyele, Busayo Olowuv
Music: Olatunde Obajeun