Broeders verheft u ter vrijheid
Dries Verhoeven
26.05.2021 — 20.06.2021

Dries Verhoeven
Broeders verheft u ter vrijheid
26.05.2021 — 20.06.2021

West is excited to present a new work by Studio Dries Verhoeven. ‘Broeders verheft u ter vrijheid’ portrays man as a stowaway in a global distribution center. Together with a group of Bulgarian performers Dries Verhoeven creates a visual requiem for the working man. The theater stages will serve as a workplace and the performers live and sleep in the West Den Haag art institution. The ‘living installation’ will be on view on the stages of the participating theaters every day for eight hours. ‘Broeders verheft u ter vrijheid’ will premiere on 20 to 23 May at SPRING Performing Arts Festival in Stadsschouwburg Utrecht. From 26 May the presentation will be open in West Den Haag (make your reservation here).

A visual requiem for the worker
‘Broeders verheft u ter vrijheid’ asks questions about the future of work and resistance. What is our working body for today? The industrialist has moved production to low-wage countries. Human jobs are taken over by robots and at Tech giants, algorithms continually search for the greatest possible profit margin. Can we actually reverse that or will we soon be rendered useless? Will there be a revival of the labour movement? Or is it better to accept the inevitable and all-encompassing automation?

Working and living, between theater and art institution
‘Broeders verheft u ter vrijheid’ is a co-production of Studio Dries Verhoeven with SPRING Performing Arts Festival and visual art institution West Den Haag. In addition, there is a close cooperation with the presenting theaters: Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, ITA in Amsterdam, The National Theater in The Hague, Theater Rotterdam, Chassé Theater in Breda, Schouwburg Hengelo/Concordia Enschede and Stadstheater Arnhem/Museum Arnhem.

The exhibition spaces of West Den Haag will function as a residence for the performers. This way the public (through the eyes of the artist) will gain more insight into the daily routine of a labour migrant.