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Maankoorts - Marjolijn van Heemstra i.s.m. De Correspondent

About the performance

In 1923, Aarnoud van Heemstra, governor of Suriname, stood on top of the Voltzberg, a high rock in a sea of green, after a difficult journey through the rainforest. The overwhelming beauty of the landscape did not seem to interest him. What Van Heemstra did see were economic opportunities. He would fell trees en masse, build roads where water once meandered and open up land in search of valuable raw materials. His governorship would be dominated by mining, which left devastating marks on the landscape.

A hundred years later, the first contracts are signed for mining on the moon. Marjolijn van Heemstra, family of the governor, looks at the history and future of colonial mining. In a poetic journey of thought, Marjolijn unravels the greed to which even space is now subjected. In contrast, she writes a loving ode to the alien landscape that we all look out on.

About Marjolijn van Heemstra

Marjolijn van Heemstra (1981) is a poet, writer, theater maker, journalist and podcast maker. Since 2019, she has been writing for De Correspondent about how space can help us look at the Earth differently. Her book on this theme, In light years no one is in a hurry, was voted NPO Radio 1 Non-fiction Book of the Year. In 2023, Marjolijn wrote the essay for philosophy month, What is space worth. For the past three years she has been mainly concerned with De Nacht-Wacht, a study into the value of night and darkness.

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Sun 13 Oct
16:00

Sunday 13 October

16:00
From € 10,00 tot € 19,00
Theater Rotterdam Schouwburg -  Schouwburgplein 25, Centrum
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