Published: Oct 13 2015
12 years after the premiere in Amsterdam, via Belgium and New York, passing by Cairo and Berlin over Ankara and Paris through France and Canada, the performance Veiled Monologues resumes its tour especially for the 3rd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in The Hague.
Women with a Muslim background living in the Netherlands are getting a lot of attention, whether they want it or not. But what do we actually know about them?
This was the question Dutch director Adelheid Roosen asked herself; a question, it turns out, that is still pertinent. Did we immerse ourselves in their stories, their rituals, their beauty and their pain?
Adelheid wanted to add a clear, gentle perspective on the Other, so she travelled around the Netherlands and interviewed a large number of women, all born in a predominantly Muslim country and now living in the Netherlands.
These interviews were adapted into twelve powerful and intimate monologues, each of which is interpreted on stage by a woman from a Muslim culture. A Turkish saz player provides musical accompaniment.
Text and director | Adelheid Roosen
Actresses | Oya Capelle, Nazmiye Oral, Meral Polat
Music | Seval Okyay, Sercan Engin
Video | Adelheid Roosen, Mijke de Jong, Titus Tiel Groenestege
Our special thanks go to all the women who were willing to be interviewed and to Eve Ensler for her kindness.