A very special performance, together with seven other spoken word artists, for this literary festival in Rotterdam, Ike was invited to write a piece in response to W.H. Auden’s ‘The Night Mail’. Each artist approached the subject ‘Zeitgeist’ and appropriated — some more than others — the original poem’s form to write their own.
All eight of us were present to perform our pieces at the event in Rotterdam, which was kicked off with a performance by poet laureate of The Netherlands, Ester Naomi Perquin. (Wow — that was really something!) With a lively crowd of burned out, homeless and (partly) drunk visitors to the event’s location (Pauluskerk), this was a very special evening indeed. Thank you, organizer Myrte Leffring for the invite, the honor!
Pictures by Selma Hengeveld.
Last night, March 18th, Ike performed on what we believe to be one of the best stages for literary performances: Frontaal Podium in WORM (Rotterdam). Organizers Robbert Meijntjes, Elske Jacobs, and Sacha Boom take it upon themselves to take great care of their speakers, as well as their audience. Every guest will find a book underneath their seat which they can take home or trade with other guests; and the half-time quiz — first prize usually a copy of the main speaker’s latest publication — has by now become legendary. Thank you, Frontaal, for the invitation, your care and passion!
On March 18th, for the 26th edition of Frontaal, Ike was fortunate to be part of some literary force of unheard-of proportions, with the likes of Kristien Hemmerechts, Dean Bowen, Roelof ten Napel, and Emma van Hooff.
Pictures courtesy of Frontaal Podium (and their photographer).
Ike performed some of his sweatier work during this Valentine’s dinner event at the forever temporary restaurant location BAUT in Amsterdam. It was about love and intimacy and stuff. Thanks for the invite, Programmeursgilde — we had a blast (and a chicken breast). Look out for next year’s event at BAUT, they are delicious!
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Guest appearance at the Read My World Festival. Bonfires, poetry, awareness. Thanks to Woorden Worden Zinnen for the invite. The website features a great old picture; it’s a freeze frame from the video nomination rounds of Van Dale Spoken FM Awards 2015. We suppose Mr. Karfield was talking too loud for Ike’s liking. None such cacophony during this intimate little performance at Tolhuistuin.
Last Saturday there was an underground party somewhere in Amsterdam, of which few details may be openly discussed. Anyway, Ike and IG Karfield both, we suppose, were there. And our brains is currently still a bit fried. We were drowned in Cava and compliments…coke and calabash. Thanks to Zsa Zsa for the invite, and that crazy artistic vision bearing host of the evening. No-one reads this so we might as well say his. Still, we won’t. Next time maybe. This is what us looked like that night:
Hitting up Rotterdam, together with spoken word monster beasts Derek Otte, Mariana Hirschfield, and M. The four of us were featured in a segment called ‘Luister & Duizel’. Thanks for the invite, you guys! We had fun…Hope the Vroesenpark visitors did, too.
For an online word life initiative, Ike was invited to share a quote with culture king Lettertypes and the Haarlem library. It goes by #schrijversvandebieb (instagram it). Illustrator Linda van Bruggen reacts to quotes or small poems from different spoken word artists in The Netherlands. Mind you, these words are not spoken — they is a picture. Thanks to those involved for the collabo! We like our words in coffee.
Back in April of this year, Ike was invited to speak at a TGI Friday forum at the SSBA Salon in Amsterdam, organized by Worldtalks &Co. Talks were held about the ongoing formation of the parliamental (pun unintended) coalition of this country. What could the people do to positively influence that secret government kneading of the mud? Ike talked about hippos.
Pictures courtesy of SSBA Salon: The world. Amsterdam. Thijs Roovers. Geerten Waling. Joris Wijnhoven. Ike. Listening to himself, if no-one else does.
As part of De Schone Schrijvers during the anniversary week of Westland cheese/Old Amsterdam, Ike wrote personalized, bite-size poems on demand, together with Smita James and Berber Bijlsma. You could find us at the headquarters in Huizen last Friday. We had great fun, and hopefully the employees who received a poem did too. Below you can read the poem (Dutch) Ike wrote for one of the original founders Klaas Westland.
Jij bent de opperbaas
een eindbaas, sterker nog
dat je samen met je broer
die unieke kaas maakte en verkocht
dat je anders dacht en smakelijk
als de wind door markten woei
dat je serieus vermakelijk
je na vis nu ook met kaas bemoeit.