Woordnacht 2018

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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.

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Frontaal #26

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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).

SCHATTEBOUT

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!schattebaut

Ike @ Read My World Festival

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.

Ike @ Underground

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:

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Ike @ Duizel in het Park

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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.

Ike @ Vrijheidsmaaltijd

On May 4th and 5th of every year The Netherlands organizes so-called freedom dinners (Vrijheidsmaaltijd) all across the land. On these two days, the country commemorates  (May 4th) World War II and the liberation from German occupation (May 5th) back in 1945. The otherwise-called eat-and-meets are meant to bring people together, from different cultures and generations.

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This year, Ike was invited to one of these, held in Radion, to talk about his renegade grandmother, or so he chose to do. If you know Ike you know the piece we’re talking about…It’s an hommage to those who lived the before-mentioned war, and to those who are unable to talk about it — an hommage to anyone unable to talk about any war from any time. Pax et artis.

VondelCS: audience award

Last Friday, Ike went out to VondelCS to attend the award ceremony for a poetry contest that was held as part of Holland’s Poetry Week 2015. The contest was organized by the OBA (Amsterdam public library), School der Poëzie, and Schrijversvakschool Amsterdam. The winning poems are being exhibited at VondelCS. Below is a small photographic impression (courtesy of VondelCS), and the poem “Liefdeloos paradijs” [Loveless paradise]. Thanks to all the voters for their support!

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Liefdeloos paradijs

Krijsend hart als nagels over schoolbord
fiedelt de genesisvogel en flirt met andere vlegels
andere vliegende sopraan en alten
terwijl ze rond de appel fladdert
vlijend hart als vingers over zijde
mijmert ze eindeloos over vliegers in de weide
pieren in de vrucht
groot grasland met blauwe lucht liever tien keer gezongen
dan één keer gezucht door a’dam gedwongen
dan één keer gevlucht bleek het eeuwig paradijs
niet meer dan een gerucht
beminnend hart als hart over hoofd
nachtegaalt de raaf
en duif het ontstaan van de liefde
harteloos paradijs aan de kant
bouw met haar een nestje