Program 9 October
Theme Women & LGBTQI+ Leadership
Female leaders from the cultural sector discuss their best practices
with each other. They discuss the choices they make on a daily basis
and the value their work has. This evening we pay attention to the
LGBTQI + community and the important role this community plays
in the arts. What can we learn from their best practices?
This evening we bring together influential women directors and artists
to discuss their best practices. We go beyond the problems that women
and people from the LGBTQI+ community working in the cultural sector,
experience. Instead we ask: What can we learn from you for the future
of the arts scene?
We open the evening with a short performance of Together, a work of
choreographer Donna Chittick in which 4 female dancers embody the
experiences and choices during the life of a woman.
Intersectional queer and anti-racist activist Naomie Pieter who effortlessly
mixes the organisation of protest rallies and designing choreographies
gives a keynote on women leadership. Afterwards she enters into
conversation with Donna Chittick and Tieneke Sumter, activist and a
leading face of Survibes, a Surinam-Dutch LHBTQI+ group. Moderator:
After the official programme the film A Faint Patch of Light, an awarded
performance by Qondiswa James about the love of two South-African
women the night before they die will be live streamed via www.debalie.nl.,
www.afrovibes.nl and facebook live
Programme 9 October:
20:00: Together, dance performance / Donna Chittick
20:15: Keynote Naomi Pieter
20:25: Panel talk with Naomi Pieter, Donna Chittick, Tieneke Sumter,
Qondiswa James. Moderator: Jennifer Muntslag
21.25: Music Eva Skeet Mcleed
21:30: Film ‘A Faint Patch of Light’, director Qondiswa James.
Naomi Pieter is queer and activist. Co-founder of Black Queer &
Trans Resistance Netherlands and initiator of Pride of Color Amsterdam.
Naomi Pieter is relentlessly committed to the black queer community
and uses art as an important weapon in her activism.
Tieneke Sumter, allround activist, executive director at B-Equal,
chairman of the Surinam-Dutch LGBT + group Survibes and Pride ambassador.
Tieneke Sumter was active in the Surinamese HIV movement.
In Suriname she researched HIV among men who have sex with men.
Donna Chittick, choreographer and core dancer of hip-hop dance company
Backbone. She developed her dance language at Solid Ground Movement
and gained experience as a maker at Solid Ground Movement and production
Qondiswa James, South African performance artist, writer and theater maker.
In 2019 she directed her play "A Faint Patch of Light". In her work she contributes
as a black queer artist to the self-consciousness of oppressed groups.
Jennifer Muntlag aka JNM The Naked Mc writes, raps, acts and presents.
She presented Amsterdam Roots Festival, Kunstbende, Uitmarkt, Amnesty
International Meet Ups, youth debates, Spoken Word events and club nights
in Paradiso, Melkweg and at festivals
A Faint Patch of Light – film-theater / South Africa 2019 /director Qondiswa James
A story about the love and entanglement between two black women on the night
before their violent death. The performance is an adaptation of Athol Fugard's
'Statements'. After a Arrest under the Immorality Act' (1972). It reveals the struggle
of the black lesbian and queer community in the South African townships. Two women
in bed share their hope, fear and love in their last night while their perpetrators stand
in front of their house and call them outside.
Performed and filmed in Cape Town for Afro_Vibes Festival because actors and
director could not travel to the Netherlands due to corona travel restrictions to
stage live during the festival.
AMSTERDAM | DE BALIE
Vr 9 okt, 20:00 uur
Info en tickets: www.debalie.nl/9 oktober