RULE™ (90 min)
RULE™ is a game. Without actors, but with an acting audience. It is about the working of society and politics, but at first it is about simple personal decisions. It is complex, but not complicated. It is entertaining, but not frivolous. Emke Idema lays down the rules, asks questions, and is allowed to disqualify people. Her questions are about our personal attitude towards strangers: Where are the boundaries between hospitality and willingness to participate? Where do we set our own limits? At first, the questions are simple, the answers personal, and the consequences straightforward: Our decisions lead to us taking positions on different ‘islands’ in the room together with varying numbers of like-minded people. Bit by bit the questions about migration and the dealings with strangers become more tricky. The beliefs of individual ethics become political – and more and more audience members watch the fascinating interplay between collective and individual from the outside position.
Direction, Concept & Host:
JORIS VAN OOSTERWIJK
Emke Idema (1980) is an Amsterdam based theatre maker. Her latest works can be placed on the intersection of theatre, visual arts, sociology and gaming. Her questioning, slightly philosophical way of working leads to diverse forms and concepts, one of them the ‘theatrical game’ (STRANGER, 2012; RULETM, 2014). She thinks of the theatre as a mini society, a playground of ideas and a social laboratory, in which the visitor always chooses his position.
By placing her interactive works in diverse contexts, new material emerges. She writes about the ideas she gains in her practice and takes them up in an article or a lecture performance. She likes to place them in a bigger public debate.
Emke Idema holds an MA in Dutch Language and Literature from the University of Groningen, studied Performance at the Theatre School in Maastricht and has been part of DasArts, the international residential performance master in Amsterdam. Her latest works gained a lot of (international) recognition, because of their unique form and the engagement with big social and political issues. She is working together with Theater Frascati Amsterdam and Grand Theatre Groningen.
Besides her autonomous work, Emke is part of the ‘Transitiebureau’ (a space for makers and thinkers in the Dutch performing arts field to think about the role of arts in our society), she is artistic coach for other artists and she gives a workshop now and then.
6 & 7 October 2015, International Festival MESS, Bosnia and Herzegovina