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director joeri vos
from joy delima
duration 1:00
premiere 11 Jun 2020


During her education at the ArtEZ Theatre School, Joy Delima wrote a monologue about her political awakening in the field of racism and exclusion. In this play she is looking for the answer to the question “Who am I?”.

In a series of quickly sketched, short, comic and personal monologues, she talks about her search for her roots and about her experiences as a young black woman in the Netherlands. She traces her roots and her own political awakening in the field of institutional racism and exclusion.

'I suddenly seem to be black. Yes, I was black before, but ever since moving to Arnhem I keep being reminded of it. I was not at all concerned with being black when I lived in Rotterdam. I was just me, and everywhere I looked there were people like me. But now that I am the “only one”, I suddenly feel the need to take on The Responsibility for The Whole Black Community. I am becoming a kind of undercover superhero. It practically happened overnight.'

'I am leafing through my father’s family tree book and suddenly come to a page that I have never seen before. It is a page that is folded double. On this map, the family tree goes all the way back to 1600… .'


'Delima can rely on her versatile performance. She effortlessly portrays at least ten characters.' de Volkskrant★★★★

'An infectious chunk of joie de vivre on a bed of mild social criticism.'Noordhollands Dagblad

'Delima enthusiastically disproves the dichotomy in the thinking about origin and colour. And that provides a wonderful evening of theatre.'Gooi– en Eemlander

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