PRESS RELEASE Amsterdam, 24 august 2017
Mens is running until the end of 2017 in sold-out venues throughout the country. In 2018 Wende will perform this show specially in Carré, on 17, 18 and 19 May. This special will show the first results of the artistic residency that Wende will begin this season in Carré. She will have the use of her own workspace within the theatre, right next to the hall that is so precious to her. There are already ideas for future collaborative projects with Wende involved in the programming. Carré will becomes Wende’s creative home. Of course, she will continue to perform on other stages in the Netherlands and Amsterdam.
Madeleine van der Zwaan, director of Carré: “Wende and Carré fit together perfectly. Every day of the year, we welcome artists and bring their work and our audiences together. However, there are other ways to invest in the creative dialogue between Carré and her artists. During one of our inspirational conversations the idea came up to give Wende her own workspace, a home away from home, where she can develop her own projects to then bring to the wider world. Wende is just as versatile and multi-disciplinary as Carré. A professional with an incredible energy; intense and authentic. Having an artist in residence creates a permanent conversation about art and its quality. The separation between the creative process and its presentation is reduced, and I think that’s important. Wende is a connector, and will now inspire the people within as well as outside of Carré.”
Wende: “My mother first took me to Carré when I was eleven years old. I remember clearly that I already had dreams of being able to perform on that beautiful stage, and now I’m always thankful to bring my shows to Carré: the audience, the hall, the energy that you feel there… It has something magical, and performing here always feels like taking part in the Olympics. I love the diversity in programming at Carré, as I always like to go through all kinds of different genres in my own work. I’m looking forward to being able to work in the theatre every day; I’ll be able to keep my finger on the pulse and feel ‘this is why I do it’. The creative process is sometimes a little lonely. Now if I’m stuck I can just walk into the hall; scenery is being hung, there’s a sound check or rehearsal in progress, I can meet other artists – this is an inspiring prospect. It’s amazing, my dreams have come true.”