20 years post 9/11, Club Guy & Roni and Slagwerk Den Haag work with former Guantánamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi to create a thrilling and in-your-face dance performance about freedom.
Freedom is one of our core values. Wars were and still are fought for it. Guy Weizman & Roni Haver say: “Yet freedom is a fluid concept, and in the Netherlands, we're sometimes a little too quick to claim that we're ‘free’. Hiding behind that freedom is the truth of how we restrict the freedom of others to preserve our own.”
The inspiration for Freedom is the story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who spent 14 years being interrogated and tortured at Guantanamo Bay. His book, Guantánamo Diary, tells his harrowing story, and it was recently adapted into a film entitled The Mauritanian. As a writer, Ould Slahi advocates for a world where freedom is an inherent right and forgiveness a core value. Mohamedou has penned an original script for the performance, as writer-in-residence at NITE and De Balie for the 2021-2022 season.
Freedom is an explosive, high-energy and poignant dance performance that follows in the 20-year tradition of Club Guy & Roni. The show was created by Roni Haver and Guy Weizman, and is performed by an award-winning ensemble of dancers and musicians from ‘the Club’ and Slagwerk Den Haag.
This performance involves strobe light, sudden changes of light and total darkness and high volume.
Choreography: Guy Weizman & Roni Haver
Script: Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Composition: Hugo Morales Murguía
Set design & live painting: Ascon de Nijs
Costumes: MAISON the FAUX
Dramaturgy: Friederike Schubert
Lighting design: Maarten van Rossem
Sound design: Peter Zwart
Music: Agata Kruszewska, Dirge Seçil Kuran, Niels Meliefste, Ricardo Oliveira
Dancers: Angela Herenda, Camilo Chapela, Harold Luya, Jésula Toussaint Visser, Roni Haver