“And while the stranger’s eyes and lips pour out a stream of incomprehensible words, you start feeling like a beloved child. Not a child of one mother or father, but of all these storytellers. A human child in a global bed.” – Marijn van der Jagt, Vrij Nederland
“Tower of Babel realizes a paradox: people who speak different languages at the same time do not produce a cacophony, but create a harmonious symphony… The Tower of Babel becomes no longer a symbol of opposites, but a foundation for solidarity. This is a unique experience in a time when our differences are increasingly being misused as political weapons.” – Nan van Houte, Artistic Director, The Nes Theatres, Amsterdam.
This one-of-a kind, interactive, full immersion, theatre experience transcends the boundaries of language. Dutch artists Lidy Six and Robert Steijn bypass distinctions of “us and them” and create a truly living and intimate performance ritual. Each audience member is individually greeted, embraced by an atmosphere delicately poised between dreaming and waking. Storytellers from around the world share secrets and tales as different languages converge and invent a new vocabulary for understanding. This exquisitely personal experience metamorphoses into a party for everyone’s ears. Featuring live DJ Cassie 6, live VJ Roberta Marques – and lots of tea.
Running time: Approximately 50 minutes; space is limited to 25 audience members per performance – advance reservations strongly recommended.
Made possible in part by the Consulate General of The Netherlands in New York.
September 20 – 23, 2006