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It was during one of our numerous conversations that we found we hit a wall. We tried to figure out how raw anger could be transformed into something less 'manic, although we were well aware that the 'manic' is merely a perspective.  We realized that the name calling that a woman will often encounter when they lash out is a reaction to her rebounding negative or restrictive energy that is blatantly or inadvertently, directed at her. The general social acceptance to minimize a women's frustration to a 'mania', a 'hysteria' or some sort of temporary 'over emotional insanity' felt like another straw to the camels back.  However, we each had to admit that because discussing our anger was not a conversation we regularly engaged with and that it didn't seem a subject we heard talked about in general, we didn't have a language of vocabulary to enter an in depth dialogue about it. We were not practiced in using a certain combination of words that…

Three Furies Launch Afrovibes Fesitval 2012

by Liesbeth Tjon A Meeuw
Everyone who can't wait for the Afrovibes festival to begin is in for a special treat this month. This year's festival programme will be announced at MC Theatre in Amsterdam on 13 April. The event will get the audience into the right mood for September's festival and will be topped up with the world premiere of a production by three emerging performing poets. These fierce and fiery young women: Zena Edwards (UK), Mbali Vilakazi (South Africa) and Clara Opoku (Ghana/the Netherlands), come from different parts of the world, but share one important emotion: their fury. The piece, Three Furies, was created intercontinentally with modern media -­‐ Skype and email -­‐ providing the common workspace. 13 April will be the first time the three join each other live on stage.
Three Furies refers to the Greek goddesses of vengeance, the Erinyes. They live in the underworld and come to earth in order to punish those who have done harm to o…

Amsterdam: MC Theatre

'I put my gloves down, somewhere. That is how the story begins. And that is also how it ends. '

Day 1: MC Theatre
It was freezing this morning and I no longer have a pair of gloves. That is how the day started. Between me and my destination - the no 10 tram. That is all I had. I was quite sure I was getting lost at some point, finding my feet and finding my way has been a lesson in staying alert. What did you see while you were not looking. Did you notice.  It turns out I did. 
And thus, I find myself at the theatre, meeting Clara for the first time. 
Today, two become three. And together we are 'The 3 Furies.'