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Sophie van Winden

Sophie van Winden
Sophie van Winden

(Amsterdam, 1983) is an actress and founded the theatre collective Waal and Wind with Eva Maria de Waal in 2015. They make plays and podcasts on topics they consider important. Their first triptych is about the position of women: Holy-F (2016), Mama Marlene (2020). The final volume titled Eigentlich bin ich ganz anders aber ich komme so selten dazu will be released in October 2023. While studying theatre in Maastricht, she made her debut in her first film role in Leef!, for which she won a Golden Calf for best actress in a supporting role. Since then she has acted in a large number of feature films, television series and, initially with the Noord Nederlands Toneel and later with Het Nationale Theater, in theatre productions including in leading roles in Romeo and Juliet, Tirza, Bed Bound and Faust.

(WN 2023)

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  • Winternachten 2023

    The World According to Cusk

    With: Fleur Speet, Ianthe Mosselman, Meral Polat, Niña Weijers, Rachel Cusk, Sophie van Winden

    On the afternoon of Sunday 12 March, a world-renowned writer came to The Hague: English author Rachel Cusk. She was interviewed by Dutch writer Niña Weijers on her books and themes. The event in Zaal 1 was framed by readings from Cusk's oeuvre by actress Sophie van Winden and musical performances by actor and singer Meral Polat accompanied on piano by Chris Doyle. An after-programme in the foyer included two mini-lectures by authors Ianthe Mosselman and Fleur Speet reflecting on elements of Cusks work, and also book sales and signing.

    Rachel Cusk, arguably today's most important English-language writer, authored the non-fiction books A Life's Work (2001), Aftermath (2012) and Coventry (2019), and the novels Arlington Park (2006), the phenomenal Outline trilogy (Outline, Transit, Kudos, 2014-2018) and Second Place (2021).

    Niña Weijers spoke with Rachel Cusk about occupying space: as a writer, a woman, a narrator, a character, and about being sent to 'Coventry.' About being seen, being recognised. About art and its effect on a 'self.' About being a woman in different stages of life. About constantly reinventing yourself as a writer.

    After-programme: mini-lectures by Ianthe Mosselman and Fleur Speet
    The foyer programme (16:15-16:45 hyours) consisted of two (Dutch spoken, English version projections) mini-lectures. Ianthe Mosselman, author of Al die liefde en woede (2022), will reflect on Cusk's A Life's Work (2001). Fleur Speet gave a mini-lecture on Lorenzo in Taos, the 1932 book by Mabel Dodge Luhan that is the major inspiration behind Cusk's most recent international bestseller Second Place (2021).

    Day ticket: also visit the evening programme Literary Focus: Ukraine
    The World According to Cusk was followed on Sunday 12 March, as of 19:30h in Theater aan het Spui, by the, also English spoken, Winternachten festival evening programme Literary focus: Ukraine.
    A reduced price day ticket for both festival programmes on 12 March was available.

    Bookstore De Vries van Stockum was present in the lobby with a stand offering books by participating authors of this programme, among others — including signing opportunities!