A sense of belonging | Newsletter October DAS Graduate School

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How can a newcomer identify with local practices and politics before finding a place to put a foot on the ground?


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The beginning of the academic year is a period of discovering rhythms. It starts off with a slew of introductions to people, programmes and projects, providing many clues to various rhythms. As a place that hosts many international artists, DAS Graduate School needs to invest in creating the conditions for them to land in a new city – a city that may not seem as hospitable to everyone as one would hope. How can a newcomer identify with local practices and politics before finding a place to put a foot on the ground?

During the opening event of the 100 Day Housewarming at the Veem House for Performance, Ogutu Muraya spoke about his experiences as a DAS Theatre master student who came from Kenya and is now connected with various venues in the city of Amsterdam. He spoke of the work he needed to do in his artistic practice in order to find his parameters, gain a better understanding of his own perspective and understand how to build relations in the new city. Only then did a sense of belonging start to emerge.

On November 10, we will open our doors to introduce you to the DAS master and research programmes. You are welcome to meet artistic directors, staff and students, get a taste of the practices of our peers by participating in workshops, and witness performances of students and alumni in the evening.

Right in the middle of all of this, we will be organizing a conversation in the heart of our house with local and international guests. We will launch the latest volume of the challenging book series Performing Urgency: Empty Stages, Crowded Flats, which contains contributions about the ways curating and the staging of performances can be driven by investigations into the performative capacity to transform reality.

by Jeroen Fabius, 

also on behalf of Barbara Van Lindt, Marijke Hoogenboom and Gwenoële Trapman, DAS Graduate School

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