Freek de Jonge
(Westernieland, 1944) became widely known in the seventies with the cabaret duo Neerlands Hoop (Dutch hope), that he formed together with Bram Vermeulen. After the breaking up of Neerlands Hoop in 1979, Freek de Jonge continued with a solo career. His first solo project, in 1980, was the theatre show De Komiek (The comedian). Over the years Freek de Jonge has grown to become one of the most famous cabaret artists in the Netherlands. Alongside his theatre shows De Jonge writes books and two films have been made under his name. In 1993 he played the jester in the play King Lear by Het Nationale Toneel (National Theatre). In 1997 he had a national hit with his song Leven na de Dood (Life after death). Freek de Jonge's most recent show is De Vergrijzing (The ageing), 2004. His most recent novel Door de knieën (Submitting) was published in the same year.
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What do you do as independent cabaret artist and the message in your act has lost its urgency, and your ideas have become public property? What is the relationship between humour and morality, or in other words: when does a fool become a preacher? Pieter-Dirk Uys and Freek de Jonge explain how they define their role as fool and discuss this with one another. Henk van Gelder chairs the discussion. English spoken.
In the beginning there was the image, and the image was with God and the Word was Willem Jan Otten's. In an opening speech, especially written for Winternachten, the poet, writer, essayist and playwright gives his vision of this Winternachten theme: word versus image. Cabaret artist Freek de Jonge is the first to give a reaction. Michaël Zeeman leads the following discussion about worshipping and rejection of word and image.