Quinsy Gario

We are pleased to announce that Quincy Gario is invited as Artist in Residence at the Academy of Theatre and Dance from 12-16 December 2016. Since last academic year a collaboration between SNDO and Director’s department (Regie Opleiding) materializes in a one-week workshop with a prominent figure from the field of arts with intended focus on addressing politics and the political within the arts.
This year the invited artist is Quinsy Gario, who will work with 1st  year students of SNDO and 1st and 2nd year students of the Director’s department. This collaboration and presence of Quinsy Gario is realized with the support and within the frame of AIR – Artist in Residence program of the AHK – Amsterdam University of the Arts.

Quinsy Gario about the workshop:
‘What is liberation? What is the role of the artist towards the articulation of the political? What is democracy and the role of the artist in exploring its definition? How do you critique and propose another world? For the week long intensive together with the students I want to look at how to put progressive ethics into practice in the work that we make. Together we will be looking into decolonial thinking, Caribbean and Latin American performance art, African art and concepts of liberation, the Black, migrant and refugee women’s movement in the Netherlands and Global South radical feminist theory.’ 

Quinsy Gario at Ràdio Web MACBA (2014)

Public programme

Public programme/happenings curated by Quinsy Gario in collaboration with the students take place on three different locations: At Postillion Convention Center during the International Decade for People of African Descent, at Hugo Olijfveldhuis – the home of Association Our Suriname in Amsterdam.
 On Friday 16th the programme is presented at the Academy of Theater and Dance, as part of the SNDO curatorial program Friday Afternoon.

Monday 12 Dec, 19.30pm / Rolando Vasquez

Location: Postillion Convention Center. Paul van Vlissingenstraat 8, Amsterdam

Tuesday 13 Dec, 19.30pm / Teresa Maria Dias Nerio

Wednesday 14 Dec, 19.30pm / Amal Alhaag

Thursday 15 Dec, 19.30pm / Nancy Jouwe
Location: Hugo Olijfveldhuis. Zeeburgerdijk 19, Amsterdam

Friday 16 Dec, 14.30pm / Natalia Truchi

Location: SNDO studio 809, at the Academy of Theater and Dance. Jodenbreestraat 3, Amsterdam

About Quinsy Gario

Quinsy Gario is a poet, theatre maker and an activist born in Curaçao and raised in St. Maarten and the Netherlands. He studied Theater, Film and Television Studies at the Utrecht University with a focus on Gender and Postcolonial Studies. He won the Hollandse Nieuwe 12 Theatermakers Prize 2011, the Issue Award 2014, the Amsterdam Fringe Festival Silver Award 2015 and was a finalist in the 2011 Dutch National Poetry Slam Championship.

Quinsy is one of the initiators of Zwarte Piet Is Racisme campaign which critiqued the general knowledge surrounding the racist Dutch figure of Black Pete which he followed up by bringing out into the open the governmental support that keeps the figure alive in the Netherlands. His latest focus is on state protection of the marginalized and political resistance as performance.

He is a member of the pan-African artist collective State of L3 and his work has been shown in Galleri Image (Denmark), Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (Belgium), SMART Project Space and Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (Netherlands). He has performed among other places in Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Contact Theater (Manchester) and Ballhaus Naunynstraße (Berlin). Currently he is enrolled in the Master Artistic Research program at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague.

Artist in Residence

The AIR programme is an initiative in conjunction with the departments of the Amsterdam University of the Arts. It stimulates innovation and facilitates encounters with contemporary art practice. It provides host faculties with the opportunity to benefit from the experience of respected artists, breathing new life into the educational and artistic structures of the Academy.

The workshop is part of the Artist in Residence (AIR) project Der Theatermacher at the Directors Department. AIR is a programme of the Amsterdam University of the Arts.


Download the programme