Friday, August 13


(c) Sjoerd Derine


20:00 - 21:00

De Studio

€ 10 (includes queer lab)

A decolonizing club dance ritual centering queer people of color. Performed by Fazle Shairmahomed, Mohammed Boujarra, and local dancers. 

A group of queer people of color create a common space for a spiritual process of decolonization in a reality where different ancestries have been brought together in painful ways. Through this club ritual, you are invited to think about the relationship with your ancestors. Together, we create a space of intimacy, even when we experience distance through our personal histories and current realities, which are filled with trauma, but also with a desire for healing and resilience.  When it comes to reflecting upon our shared colonial history, we all have different roles and places in the process of healing.  In this ritual, we center queer people of color. We will question how supporting one and another looks like in the process of decolonization, and in the reflection of our shared colonial histories. Inspired by Muslim/Sufi traditions of Gnawa, Zar and whirling Dervish; Japanese Butoh, Surinamese Winti, Hindu rituals, Caribbean Bubbling, and South-African Gqom. Analemma is a queer manifest to create rituals from hybrid identities, and from multicultural realities, that came into being because of painful histories and realities of colonialism.  

This program is made possible through the support of de Meemaakpodiumregeling, theater De Vaillant, CLOUD danslab, Dancing on the Edge, CultuurSchakel, Cultuurfonds, Fonds 1818, Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie, VSBfonds, Stroom Den Haag, Gemeente Den Haag, & Stichting Maruf.
Initiator and dancer: Fazle Shairmahomed
Created in collaboration with dancers: Devika, Chotoe, Mohamed Boujarra, Paolo Yao, Nadia Bekkers, & Naomie Pieter
Composition & sound: ..FormerlyKnownAs.. // Costume design: Danny Bislik // Light design: Fred Janssen // Photography: Jassir Jones/Goedkroon
Visueel design & illustration: Nazrina Rodjan/Hidden Lion Studio // Video & trailer: Joël van Dooren // Artistic coach: Junadry Leocaria
Advisors: Damani Leidsman, Olave Nduwanje, Yun Lee, Natasja van ‘t Westende, Jacqueline Heerema, & Katayoun Arian

With gratitude for everyone that has participated at the Decolonizing Dance classes at theater De Vaillant before and during the pandemic.



Queer Lab


De Studio

€ 10 

AQAF wanted to do more for young queer artists. Therefore  we are organizing a Queer Lab at De Studio. Six young people can experiment, create and inspire one another for 10 days. You are invited to come and see what that leads up to. The enthusiastic artists taking over De Studio this summer, are Vural Saglam, Merel Claes, Anna Schlooz, Michael Van Remoortere, Mick Galliot-Fabre en Beyza Batmaz.

Photo (c) Vural Saglam

Youth for sex


De Studio

€ 10 

For 3 months 9 youngsters came together on a weekly basis. They united in a struggle for freedom and equality within sexuality. At De Studio, lead by theatermaker Maxime Dreesen they collaborated on Youth For Sex - an activist research trajectory. The result? This protest performance. 

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