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True theatre is like Storm and Cappuccino: irresistibly sublime, says Adelheid Roosen on #tf2010

'It is a wonderful thing, for instance, that every day, my body shows the same eager desire for a keigoeie kappoetzjino. That every 24 hours the desire to 'want to taste' is born in me and wants to hit me again. And I don't have to do anything for that, that desire drags me into the shower and saliva starts foaming along my tongue, because my brain creates an image of a collar of whipped milk about to be doused with hot dark extract.

Is that something I learnt, or was I born with that...?'

We just threw in the speech, although this story is a little less impressive if you don't see Adelheid Rose's own acting in it. And hear. At the opening of The Theatre Festival of the Netherlands and Flanders, she presented the jury's report and, in doing so, mainly reserved space and time to present her own novelty: The Neighbourhood Jury. A dozen women from Amsterdam neighbourhoods, mostly of Non-Dutch descent, though a few were from Zeeland Flanders. Here is the list, as she read it out as the ladies stood among the audience in the room:

Ferdousi - From Bangladesh via the Bijlmer to the Indische Buurt

Lina - From Lebanon to Old West

Ram - From Paramaribo to Riouwstraat

Nina - Left Greece for Osdorp

Suna and Meriym - Roots of Adena and Kayseri to Bos&Lommer

Josta - Who rowed from Suriname to Geuzenveld

Nooriah - Ended up at Plein '44/'45 (Slotermeer) from Afghanistan

Blanka - From the Czech Republic via England to the Oosterpark

Irena - From Slovakia to Nias Street

Michelle - From Zeeland Flanders to the Westerpark

Hafida and Doretta will fly from Rabat and Padova back home to Amsterdam tomorrow.

It was a jury she was proud of, although it also turned out to have been quite difficult at times. We can imagine everything about that. After all: you won't get anywhere with Adelheid Roosen if you haven't bumped into her flamboyant personality.

The entire speech is here: TF Jury 2010

Wijbrand Schaap

Cultural journalist since 1996. Worked as theatre critic, columnist and reporter for Algemeen Dagblad, Utrechts Nieuwsblad, Rotterdams Dagblad, Parool and regional newspapers through Associated Press Services. Interviews for TheaterMaker, Theatererkrant Magazine, Ons Erfdeel, Boekman. Podcast maker, likes to experiment with new media. Culture Press is called the brainchild I gave birth to in 2009. Life partner of Suzanne Brink roommate of Edje, Fonzie and Rufus. Search and find me on Mastodon.View Author posts

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