• Jessica Zeylmaker

The performance of a Family Portrait is 7 and 8 February at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam!

Sander Breure and Witte van Hulze have been nominated for the Volkskrant Beeldende Kunstprijs 2014

The performance of a Family Portrait is 7 and 8 February 2015 at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam! For reservation go to the website CLICK HERE! or mail info@stedelijkmuseumschiedam.nl

Een Familieportret (A Family Portrait) is a portrait of the average Dutch family, which the artists have managed to locate with the help of data from the Central Bureau of Statistics. The script of the performance is based on sound recordings made at the family’s home. Een Familieportret contains fragments from the family’s daily life, arranged over the course of one day. Superficially, the text is about trivial everyday events, but the subtext touches on broader social developments which characterize the age in which we live. For example, English expressions widely used in Dutch are characteristic of the dominance of Anglo-Saxon culture, and the difficulties the mother faces with her application for unemployment benefits illustrate the effect of the economic crisis in Europe at the micro level. Many things are not expressed, and the tensions, doubts, and uncertainties which play a role in this “average” family are often concealed in small, apparently meaningless sentences. The script is clearly visible during the performance. In this way, Een Familieportret becomes documentary theater, in which language serves as an objet trouvé, and the everyday way in which families relate to each other at home becomes an alienating performance.

Jessica will perform the main role of mother Anne

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