Rotterdam communities interpret the ritual space of G/D THYSELF in their own way and according to their own needs, as part of a series of spirit strategies that are broadcast every Friday live from the installation. As his contribution to this open stage, on 5 June 2020 theatre maker Martin Snip dedicated a silent performance to Black Lives Matter.
I support change
I speak up
With a quiet performance, theatre maker Martin Snip responded to the worldwide protests against racism and police brutality that have followed the murder of George Floyd. In What Looks Like Nothing, he explores the power of solitude and silence as a manifestation of solidarity.
“These changing times can feel overwhelming,” he explains. “Maybe you don’t know what to do. Maybe you don’t feel comfortable. Maybe you have many questions. You are not alone. There are many ways to grow and show your solidarity. This is the moment to educate yourself. To become silent. To listen to others and to put your ego aside. This is the moment to take your place. To face reality and take responsibility. This is the moment to speak up against racism. This is also the time to contemplate. To become aware of your own thoughts and actions. To think about your own history and imagine what future you want to live in.”
He summarises his performance in these words: “For this short time, I show my respect and solitude to the Black Lives Matter movement by being silent. By taking time to stand still. By facing the situation. By acknowledging my privilege and sending love to the pain and agony.”
“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist.”
- Angela Davis
Live from G/D THYSELF
Every Friday from 11am to 12pm, artists explain and perform various spirit strategies in the installation G / D THYSELF, which you can experience at home via a live stream.
Every week, the installation is made available to a community in Rotterdam to use in their own way for their own spirit strategies. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a time slot if you would like to participate with your community.
The programme kicked off with a performance and workshop in collaboration with HipHopHuis in Rotterdam. Other performances and workshops feature performers such as Krump dancer The Empress (Aissa Traore), the Rotterdam collective The Sacred Boiling Tub and OTION (Guillermo Blinker) and Giovanni Maisto Ferreira.
The performances and workshops are available via Zoom (with a limited number of places) and as a livestream via Het Nieuwe Instituut Online
Made possible by the City of Rotterdam.