How can we evoke empathy? Where do we find each other? And can we find a shared language that connects us
In a world that has witnessed significant social and technological changes, ISLANDS of EMPATHY (in a sea of chaos) serves as a bridge between the past and the present, connecting our rich history with the evolving world around us. Together with Slagwerk Den Haag and Senegalese musician Pape Seck and dancer/choreographer Awa Seck, we explores themes like family, resilience, and the enduring human spirit.
Join us on a mesmerizing journey that explores the intersections of culture, time, and empathy, and discover that, in many ways, the heart of this performance beats with the rhythm of your own.
ISLANDS of EMPATHY is a collaboration with Senegalese griots; storytellers who keep traditions and history alive with dance, music and poetry. In the summer of 2023, we headed to Senegal; to talk with spiritual leaders, dancers and artists about empathy and community. These intercultural conversations formed the blueprint for this performance.