Laura van Dolron
(Rotterdam 1976) expresses herself as an idealist as a writer, theatre maker, director, performer and action writer. She does not make theatre about a better world, but makes a better world in the theatre. Van Dolron writes almost all of her plays herself. Her plays Liefhebben and WIJ have been published in printed form. She often performs alone on stage, sometimes with others such as Steve Aernouts (Sartre zegt Sorry, Wat nodig is, WIJ) and Lizzy Timmers (Walden Revisited, Mogelijkheden). She also directs the performances of Emilio Guzman (Een dunne dekmantel, Alle mensen verzamelen!). Since 2015 Van Dolron is an action writer. At all kinds of gatherings, from the Theatre Festival to a workshop for the police, she reflects live on what she sees and catches the event with the gaze of an outsider in clever and funny language.(WN 2021)
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Watch here the keynote speech Love Politics by the German writer, journalist and cultural scientist Nithu Sanyal.
It's up to us. This is what women in Poland and Turkey are demanding in their protests for gender equality and for better protection against violence. The ruling right-wing nationalist politicians in their countries want to withdraw from the so-called Istanbul Convention. This human rights convention of the Council of Europe is the world's first binding instrument to prevent and tackle violence against women. Some governments doubt the "moral implications" of this important milestone and even believe that it could be "harmful" to their societies.
In The Female Convention, we analyzed the demonstrations and gave a voice to authors. In short: we employed literature to make the convention tangible and to breathe new life into it. This program featuring strong women and political current affairs was hosted by journalist Nicole le Fever and has been made by programme maker and writer Meltem Halaceli. Those interested could take part actively by joining the chat session, hosted by theatre maker and stand-up philosopher Laura van Dolron.
Nicole le Fever and Turkish writer, psychologist and feminist Dilâra Gürcü zoomed in on the protests in Turkey, but also on the means of protest and the role of writers and artists in this matter. Gürcü provided an impressive testimony of her life, which has changed dramatically since 2013.
The Hungarian writer and literary critic Zsófia Bán told us how she claims women's rights with the sharpness and imagination of language.
Egyptian-American journalist, writer and feminist Mona Eltahawy made it crystal clear by means of a video message that the convention does not do sufficient justice to refugees and women without residence permits, or who depend on their partners for their residence status.
We also spoke to Kaouthar Darmoni, CEO of Atria, Institute on gender equality and women's history in Amsterdam, and to actor and writer Nazmiye Oral about the role they can and want to play in this debate. How do they voice their activism and feminism from their positions?
Next, we zoomed out to a "politics of love" with the German writer, journalist and cultural scientist Mithu Sanyal. Her books Vulva (2009) and Rape: From Lucretia to #MeToo (2019) explore how our society has dealt with sexual violence for centuries, and what that says about our beliefs on sex, sexuality and gender. Her video-essay is an inspiring and confrontational report by a driven researcher about her investigation into love as a political force.
(Find the Dutch-language version here/Lees hier de Nederlandstalige versie)
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Video: Mona Eltahawys video-essays, among which FEMINIST GIANT.