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Multilingualism: Tower of Babel I Diapason

On 15 December 2017 at 20:30 CET the Amsterdam-based experimental poetry venue Perdu presents the first installment of a series of evenings Toren van Babel/ Diapason around the phenomenon of multilingualism in contemporary poetry. The evenings are curated by Lucie Fortuin, Linda Veldman, and Frances Welling (Avondenredactie/ director of Perdu).

During this evening the multilingual poetry book gestammelte werke (2017) by Rozalie Hirs is presented to the Dutch audience. The new book, recently published by the Berlin-based experimental publishing house kookbooks, can be regarded as a manifesto for Europe and the world. Rozalie Hirs, Linda Veldman, and Frances Welling kick off the evening with a language caroussel of poems in Dutch, German, French, English, and Russian, selected from the new compendium. The performance is followed by a round table discussion with Frances Welling (host), Çağlar Köseoğlu, Dean Bowen, and Rozalie Hirs, on the topic of multilingualism in poetry. After the intermission Hirs performs her music composition Bridge of Babel (2009), an imaginary road trip around the world in twenty languages. The program is concluded with a brandnew multilingual radioplay by Lucie Fortuin, Linda Veldman, and Frances Welling.


N30x31 – A tribute to Jeroen Mettes (1987-2006)

On Friday 16 December 2016 at 20:00 CET at Perdu, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the work by poet, essayist, and blogger Jeroen Mettes (1987-2006) is commemorated by thirty-one Dutch poets reciting Mettes’ magnum opus N30+ during an evening-length tribute.

With appearances by Samuel Vriezen, Maartje Smits, Alfred Schaffer, Nadia de Vries, Geert Buelens, Zohra Beldman, Tonnus Oosterhoff, Frank Keizer, Anne van de Wetering, Frans-Willem Korsten, Lieke Marsman, Çağlar Köseoğlu, Arno van Vlierberghe, Lara Staal, Johan Herrenberg, Rozalie Hirs, Siebe Bluijs, Fiep van Bodegom, Roelof ten Napel, Dominique de Groen, Sophie van den Bergh, Mathijs Tratsaert, Max Urai, Aafke Romeijn, Obe Alkema, Saskia de Jong, Nam Chi Nguyen, Bram Ieven, Hannah van Binsbergen, Daniël Rovers, and Maarten van der Graaff. The evening is curated and presented by Lodewijk Verduin & Perdu Avonden Redactie.


To witness matter

On 11 December 2015 at 20:30 CET Perdu will host an evening around structures of remembrance, forms of subjectivity gathering, and communication.

“memory for two, memory for several, world-memory, memory-ages of the world”
(from: Cinema 2: The Time-Image (1989) by Gilles Deleuze. Translated into English by Hugh Tomlinson and Robert Galeta. p.119).

Patricia Pisters presents a lecture on her work. Baha Görkem Yalim shows installation and video work. Mia You discusses prose by the Lebanese-American writer and painter Etel Adnan. Rozalie Hirs reads selections from the poetry collection Seasons (2008) by Adnan. Hirs also presents some of her own music compositions specifically dealing with the topic of memory and the act of remembering.

View visual works by Etel Adnan here.


Performance at book launch of Beyond the vanishing point by Frans Budé

On 3 December 2015 at 20:30 CET the poets Frans Budé, Anneke Brassinga, Daan Doesborgh, Elma van Haren, and Rozalie Hirs perform at the book launch of Beyond the vanishing point by Frans Budé (Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 2015). Poet and critic Erik Lindner will introduce the work of Budé with an essay. The event takes place at Perdu, Amsterdam. Welcome!


Impossible screenplay [invitation]

You are cordially invited to an evening around impossible screenplays tonight at Perdu, Amsterdam, at 20:30 CET. Maud Vanhauwaert and Dick Tuinder introduce films and drawings by Dick Tuinder. Theatertroep interprets two screenplays by Delphine Lecompte and Rozalie Hirs, recently published in an issue of the Flemish Literary Magazine DW B (Dietsche Warande & Belfort) curated by Vanhauwaert around the topic of impossible screenplays. A discussion with Theatertroep, Frank Keizer, Bernhard Christiansen, and Rozalie Hirs concludes the evening.

The ‘screenplay’ by Rozalie Hirs is Atlantis (2015), a new multilingual collage poem, based on her previous poetry, including translations by Kim Andringa, Donald Gardner, Henri Deluy, Diego Puls, and Willem Groenewegen. This poetry cycle was originally written for Hirs’ composition Atlantis ampersand, commissioned by Holland Festival and premiered by Klangforum Wien and Vokalensemble NOVA at Holland Festival during the Urbo Kune event on 6 June 2015.

[Update at 23:00 CET: Photograph of Theatertroep performing Hirs’ Atlantis at Perdu, 30 October 2015]


Rozalie Hirs @Perdu

Rozalie Hirs is talking about and reading some brandnew experimental versus lyrical poetry during the season’s opening 2015/16 of Perdu, the one-and-only cutting edge poetry foundation in the Netherlands, located in the center of Amsterdam.


Performance at launch of Navigatiesystemen by Han van der Vegt

On 28 January 2015 at 20:30 CET the new poetry book Navigatiesystemen (Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Wereldbibliotheek, 2015) by Han van der Vegt is presented at Perdu, Kloverniersburgwal 86, Amsterdam, with a poetry reading by himself. Additional performances by the poets Onno Kosters, Jacob Groot, and Rozalie Hirs. Furthermore, Frank Keizer and Johan Herrenberg present essays on the new poetry book. A reception closes the event.


Opening of the Amsterdam Poetry Season

Op 18 September 2015 the literary venue Perdu in Amsterdam opens its new season with a special programme around the experimental poetry anthology Met twee maten by Paul Rodenko (Amsterdam: Bert Bakker; 1954). The following poets will write new works especially for the evening, and perform and discuss what they’ve written: Mathijs Tratsaert, Hélène Gelèns, Ellen Deckwitz, Paul Bogaert, Alfred Schaffer, and Rozalie Hirs.


30+30 Poets’ marathon

On 30 January 2014 at the occasion of the National Poetry Day in The Netherlands (Gedichtendag) on 30 January 2014, Perdu presents its traditional Poetry Marathon. During this event thirty Dutch poets each read three poems: two poems they’ve written themselves as well as one translation of a selected poem by a foreign author.


In state of [war] – world premiere

On Friday 29 November 2013 at 20:30 CET the new text music composition In state of [war] (2013) by Rozalie Hirs is performed for the first time as part of Words Live 4, an arts event dedicated to spoken words, at Perdu, Amsterdam. The performers are Paul Bogaers, Florian Cramer, Cora Schmeiser, Rosie Heinrich, Toine Horvers, Émilie Gallier, Mariëtte Groot, Myriam van Imschoot, Teun de Lange, Gerrit-Jan de Rook, Samuel Vriezen, and B. Zwaal. In state of [war] (2013) for twelve spoken voices is a sequel to In LA (2003) for six spoken voices.

Words Live 4 is organized by Sub-urban Video Lounge. It consists of a broad selection of contemporary word art in The Netherlands The curators of Words Live are Toine Horvers and Kathrin Wolkowicz. Information about the previous edition, Words Live 3, can be found here.


A program dedicated to Friederike Mayröcker

On June 15, 2012, at Poetry International, Rotterdam, Rozalie Hirs hosts the program Voetnoten: Een avond over het werk van Friederike Mayröcker with presentations and debates centered around Mayröcker’s most recent book, ich bin in der anstalt. fusznoten zu einem nichtgeschriebenen werk. Guest speakers are Ulrike Draesner, Inge Arteel and Lucas Hüsgen. Draesner and Hirs read a selection of the texts in German.


Dear world, fuck off, ik ga golfen – book launch

On June 7, 2012, Frank Keizer’s first poetry collection, Dear world, fuck off, ik ga golfen (Stanza, 2012) is launched. With performances by Frank Keizer, Maarten van der Graaff, Maartje Smits, Martijn den Ouden, and Rozalie Hirs, who each wrote new work in response to Keizer’s collection. The event is hosted by Matthijs Ponte.


A program dedicated to Gertrude Starink

On June 1, 2012, the complete poetry of Gertrude Starink: De weg naar Egypte (het balanseer, 2012) is launched. As part of this tribute to Starink at Perdu, Amsterdam, the poets Anneke Brassinga, Inge Braeckman, Maud Vanhauwaert, and Rozalie Hirs read original work. The event is hosted by Samuel Vriezen, and the program is curated by Kris Latoir.


Bridge of Babel

On March 18, 2011, at 20:30, Rozalie Hirs is performing her musical composition Bridge of Babel (2009) at Perdu, Amsterdam.


Herman Gorter Festival

On November 28, 2009, at 20:15, Hugo Koolschijn and Rozalie Hirs read the entire of Liedjes, the poetry book by Herman Gorter, at Perdu, Amsterdam, to the accompaniment of a composition by Samuel Vriezen. One day before, on November 27, 2009, at 20:30, Joost Baars, Ernst van den Hemel, Marc Reugebrink and Johan Sonnenschein present lectures on the work of Gorter.


Het definitieve eindfeest, Perdu

On June 26, 2009, poets, artists and writers David Sneek, Martin van der Galiën, Hilde Meeus, K. Michel, Matthijs Ponte, Geert Simonis, Hedde Zijstra, Miek Zwamborn, Rozalie Hirs and many others perform during ‘Het definitieve eindfeest’ (‘The definitive end of season party’) at Perdu, Amsterdam.


Poets’ marathon

On January 29, 2009, poets Mischa Andriessen, Erik Bindervoet, Pieter Boskma, Floor Busschenhenke, Daan Doesborgh, Hélène Gelèns, Piet Gerbrandy, Amarantha Groen, Elma van Haren, Krijn Peter Hesselink, Sylvia Hubers, Gert de Jager, Frank Keizer, Marc Kregting, Peter van Lier, Lamia Makaddam, Nanne Nauta, Martin Reints, Jeroen van Rooij, Toon Tellegen, Han van der Vegt, Nachoem Wijnberg, Rozalie Hirs and many others perform during the Dichtersmarathon (“Poets’ Marathon”) at Perdu, Amsterdam. The event is hosted by Joost Baars.


Poetry pieces I-III

On June 27, 2008, Rozalie Hirs performs her musical composition on original poems, Poetry pieces I-III (2008), as part of Eindfeest (Seasons’ End Party) at Perdu, Amsterdam.


Aan de zon, de wereld
Poetry pieces I-II

As part of the opening week of Amsterdam Wereldboekenstad (Amsterdam World Book City), on April 27, 2008, the poetry theatre Perdu organizes the Culturele Peepshow (Cultural Peepshow) on the Wallen (the Red Light District). As part of the festival, Rozalie Hirs performs her musical compositions Aan de zon, de wereld (2006) and Poetry pieces I-II (2008).


Program dedicated to Hadewijch

On October 26, 2007, a new edition of the series Dichters lezen dichters takes place at Perdu, Amsterdam. This time the subject is the work of the mediaeval poet Hadewijch. Her work Visioenen (Visions) is being read integrally by Hélène Gélens, Jan Kuijper, Liesbeth Lagemaat and Rozalie Hirs, with musical accompaniment by Arnold Marinissen.


Vlinders, gras

On September 28, 2007, at Perdu, Amsterdam, the new issue of the Belgian literary review DWB (vol. 152 no. 4, September 2007) is presented at Perdu, Amsterdam. The issue contains a special feature titled Jaap en de Bonenstaak (“Jack and the beanstalk”). The night is hosted by Arnoud van Adrichem and Elma van Haren. Astrid Lampe, Pol Hoste and Anneke Brassinga read texts. Miguel Declercq presents a graphic story. Musical compositions on original texts by Samuel Vriezen and Rozalie Hirs are performed by the Jackson Mac Low Band. Rozalie Hirs shows her concept of ‘betekenisritme’ (‘signifying rhythm’) using the typographic rhythms in her poem ‘Vlinders gras’, resulting in the composition Vlinders gras that is performed tonight. She wrote the poem at the request of Arnoud van Adrichem in reaction to the poem ‘Houd jij dit maar uit elkaar?’ by Lucas Hüsgen, part of the same DWB feature.


Poetry marathon

On January 25, 2007, Rozalie Hirs performs along with 29 other poets at the Gedichtenmarathon (Poetry marathon) at Stichting Perdu, Amsterdam. Each poet reads two original poems and one poem by a foreign poet. The event is curated by Tsead Bruinja.

Curved Space, hochroth verlag, Nieuw Amsterdams Peil, NAP, Arbre généalogique, parallel world [breathing], Dutch Foundation for Literature, David Kweksilber, Stanza Poetry Festival, Eleanor Livingstone, Heleen Hulst, Attacca Productions, Henri Deluy, Gerard Bouwhuis, Hilbert's Hotel, Huygens-Fokker, Pulsars, Kim Andringa, article 5, SPECTRA Ensemble, Filip Rathé, Musikfabrik, Kars Persoon, article 6, Bridge of Babel, Olivier Messiaen, život mogućnosti, James Fei, De Link, 3 durch 3, Friedrich Block, Louis Andriessen, Katharina Rosenberger, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Donderdagavondserie, Philip Thomas, Kaija Saariaho, On Tenderness, Festival van Vlaanderen, Zephyrkwartet, article 4, Sound installation, Concertgebouw Orchestra, philharmonie zuidnederland, Harm van den Dorpel, Klangforum Wien, Jochem Valkenburg, Sacro Monte, Laurens Ham, Lichtende Drift, Todd Moellenberg, UCSB, Gaudeamus, Meditations, Deuss Music, Tristan Murail, In LA, Performing Arts Fund, Marieke Franssen, Stefan Asbury, Sound Forest, Book of Mirrors, Paul Craenen, Sixxen, Slagwerk Den Haag, Johannes Fischer, Klankenbos, Gérard Grisey, Bas Wiegers, Venus, Infinity Stairs, Arne Bock, article 0, article 1 to 3, Curvices and Musicles, Bert Palinckx, article 8, Roseherte, Nadir, Bob Gilmore, OpenMusic, Yvan Vander Sanden, OMTristan, gestammelte werke, kookbooks, Bozzini Quartet, Luisterhuis, The listening house, Daniela Seel, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Cox & Grusenmeyer, Interactive song cycle, article 7, Remko Spaan, Holland Festival, Michaël Snitker, Wiek Hijmans, Joost Baars, Arnold Marinissen, verdere bijzonderheden, gestamelde werken, ASKO|Schönberg, Curvices, Family Tree, Casper Schipper, Zenit, November Music, Fie Schouten, Lucky Charm, Teaching, Geluksbrenger, Machiel Spaan, Perdu, Uitgeverij Querido, Donemus Publishing

Het speciaal onderwijs is na jaren van afbouwen weer met honderden leerlingen gegroeid. Drie jaar geleden besloot het kabinet-Rutt II dat kinderen met ernstige gedragsproblemen in gewone klassen moesten blijven, dit alles in het kader van de Wet passend onderwijs. Zoals experts al vreesden en eerder aankaartten ontbrak het daar logischerwijs aan de juiste begeleiding, met als gevolg dat de kinderen nu alsnog – zwaar beschadigd – naar het speciaal onderwijs worden gestuurd.

Dit jaar heeft het speciaal onderwijs ruim 800 leerlingen meer dan vorig jaar. Dat blijkt uit een analyse van het AD. Voor de speciale scholen is er reden tot zorgen. Niet alleen stromen er in een keer veel leerlingen binnen, ook is de problematiek waarmee de kinderen heftiger. In de krant zegt Wim Ludeke, voorzitter van Landelijk Expertisecentrum Speciaal Onderwijs (LESCO) en bestuursvoorzitter bij De Onderwijsspecialisten:

Reguliere scholen proberen kinderen zo lang mogelijk vast te houden, omdat het ze anders geld kost. Met de beste bedoelingen, maar ze hebben nooit aangegeven waar hun grens ligt. Nu raakt het vat vol.

Voorzitter van de Algemene Vereniging Schoolleiders (AVS) Petra van Haren denkt dat het gebrek aan juiste begeleiding niet per se de reden is dat er weer meer kinderen worden doorgestuurd. Zij denkt dat het vooral ook een financiële kwestie is: ‘Geld dat eigenlijk voor zorg is bedoeld gaat naar de gewone formatie.’

Het ministerie van Onderwijs laat weten dat het nog te vroeg is om conclusies uit de cijfers van het AD te trekken. Daarvoor moeten eerst de definitieve resultaten bekend zijn.

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