Women
Connected

ABOUT US

Wij zijn hét community arts netwerk voor vrouwen in Rotterdam. We zijn afkomstig van over de hele wereld, maar in Rotterdam zijn we met elkaar verbonden, delen we onze verhalen en treden we op met onze theatervoorstellingen

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Van een leven achter de coulissen, naar een glansrol op het podium. Women Connected biedt kwetsbare vrouwen van alle culturen, generaties en achtergronden de mogelijkheid om boven zichzelf uit te stijgen en andere vrouwen te inspireren en motiveren met hun eigen verhaal. Samen maken we voorstellingen over leven, liefde, angsten en verlangens, die raken en verbinden. Uniek én universeel.

Women Connected leidt vrouwen op en geeft ze vertrouwen om door te geven. We ontwikkelen nieuwe genres en methodieken, waardoor we met grote groepen vrouwen op verschillende locaties kunnen werken en hoogwaardige producties neerzetten voor een breed cultureel publiek. We delen onze kennis en kunde met partners en vakgenoten, nationaal en internationaal.

Zo zorgen we ervoor dat steeds meer vrouwen zich ontplooien. Zij versterken niet alleen zichzelf en elkaar, maar ook toekomstige generaties: de kinderen van samenleving.

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“Don’t just sit around the house. Do something, anything, it doesn’t matter what it is. And first of all: learn the language. Every day when I wake up I’m so happy to be alive and that I have my children. I am happy with each new day.”

– Chahrazad

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“It is my dream to touch even more people through the theatre. I don’t always have the energy but this is helping me grow.”

– Jojanneke

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“This is my place to grow and be myself. It’s a new world for me, where I can relate to others and learn from them.”

– Monniek

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“This is my home, a safe place where I’m not judged, and where I get a kick in the pants. It feels like I have a lot of mothers here. I learn from their advice and how I can contribute as a woman. I feel protected here.”

– Amanda

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“I feel so good and happy here, it’s one big family!”

– Nicolette

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“Women Connected has become my family. Such a strong connection means a lot to me. The atmosphere is wonderful, I come back from Surinam early just to be here for Women’s Day.”

– Jacqueline

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“Women Connected is my form of social control. There’s a challenge in coming here, something inside of me pushes me to go. Being here gives me peace of mind because I can speak freely. We are not just friends, not just family but something beyond that.”

– Aida

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“I can feel myself here, with the passion and the love. I love the power of women, I am a bundle of light for all women. This is my home, I feel blessed here.

– Adriana

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“You can talk about yourself here, cry about yourself, you can re-enact your previous experiences. I want to learn here and gain more experience.”

– Sara

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“This is my family and it energizes me. And I like to return that energy to the group. I feel the love, I feel worthwhile and accepted here. I am married to all of you!”

– Lucy

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“I feel so good among the women of Women Connected. I am not alone anymore!”

– Lidia

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“Women Connected makes me feel empowered, both in the group as well as in the rest of my life.  Every woman from Rotterdam should come here sometime and participate in order to flourish.”

– Sharita

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To me, Women Connected is a beautiful and friendly group. In short, I love all of you! I dance, I act and among all these women I feel extremely happy.”

– Shamin

JOIN IN!

Are you one in a 1000?

For the year 2019 we are creating the Silent Heroines Disco XL, a production in Theater Rotterdam with a 1000 women of all cultures. It will be spectacular!
We call on every woman of the world to join us. Whether you have a job or not, have children or not, speak Dutch or not. Come with friends, co-workers, sisters, mothers or aunts and make a historical statement… We are one!

ProjectS

Stille Heldinnen Disco

(Silent Heroines Disco) Marking the 100th anniversary of women gaining voting rights a 1000 heroines of all cultures, generations and backgrounds will take to the stage of the Theater Rotterdam to inspire each other as well as you with their stories. Stories that are both unique as well as universal. Listen to Chahrazad’s wise words, share Monniek’s hope, sway to Sharita’s music. Laugh, dance, cry. Let yourself be moved by a 1000 women!

Projects

Doe De Dance-oké 

(Do the Dance-oké)
Dance-oké is like karaoke but with dancing instead of singing. We have made video clips showing dance moves you can imitate. The choreography is by Wendy and Anita. Wendy’s choreography is based on Chinese dance techniques. Anita created a choreography based on being seated. It’s great fun and will even increase your agility!

ProjectS

Kijk maar uit, ik kom van zuid.

(Watch out, I’m from the South –of Rotterdam-)
“Kijk maar uit, ik kom van zuid” is a mobile production that drives straight through Rotterdam Charlois.
Get on the bus and listen to the personal and moving stories of the police officer, the shop owner, the neighbour crossing the road and the woman that always keeps her curtains drawn. Listen and experience the past and present life in Rotterdam Charlois.
Guided by tour operator and pearl of Southern Rotterdam: Chahrazad.

DIRECTORS

Kaat Zoontjes

Director

From an early age Kaat has been fascinated by the role of women in society. This became apparent during her many travels as a student. “I saw as well as experienced how diverse women can be

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in their approach to life, in the division of roles and their freedom. I’m discovering who I am by working with women of all ages and cultures. That is my inspiration, an endless source of knowledge, happiness, grief and hope that I want to translate into attractive and unique theatrical styles. Because I believe in a “silent” dialog between actors and their audience.

Originally Kaat is a visual artist. She joined the Rotterdams Wijktheater in 2000 and has participated in dozens of productions. She became the director of the Rotterdams Wijktheater’s women’s productions in 2009 when she took over from Annelies Spliethof. “Hooyo Ma’aan”, the first production with four extraordinary Somali women about female circumcision was very successful and got international press coverage. 

She founded “Women Connected” in 2012 and it has since grown to be a wide national and international network of women, theatre companies and organizations.

Are you curious? Send Kaat a message!

Inez Schatz

Assistant director

Inez is the eldest daughter of an Indonesian father and Dutch mother.  She believes that every generation has the possibility to do things a little better than the previous generation. 

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“Every day I’m amazed at how many opportunities people have. However, the systems in which we live sometimes drag people down. That is why I would like to pass on the many opportunities that I myself have been given to improve myself. To help others recognize possibilities just like I have.”

As a project manager Inez has been involved in a large number of major productions, including the Bevrijdingsfestival Zuid Holland. She developed a talk show for the Pauluskerk in Rotterdam as well as a radio show for RTV Rijnmond, a television series for OPEN Rotterdam and theatre productions for De Parade and Special Arts. Also, she was one of the initiators of the Fenix Food Factory.

She joined the Rotterdams Wijktheater in 2011 and started working on Women Connected with Kaat Zoontjes in 2013. As assistant director she is the backbone of every production. Besides that she is responsible for developing project planning and rolling out new ideas and partnerships.

Would you like to connect with Inez? Send her an email!

INVESTEER IN WOMEN CONNECTED!

Onze missie: 1000 Rotterdamse vrouwen op het podium van Theater Rotterdam in 2019. U kunt ons helpen deze missie waar te maken met een financiële bijdrage. In ruil daardoor bieden we u of uw organisatie een fantastische theaterervaring.

CONTACT

Women Connected

p.a. Rotterdams Wijktheater
Herenwaard 17,
3078 AK Rotterdam
t. 010 423 01 92
f. 010 423 12 83

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