SPAfrica reading sessions: The Elephant in the Room

Studio Julian Hetzel // Het Verbond
Fri 17 Nov ’23 and Sat 18 Nov ’23
A two-part reading session elaborating on the themes in SPAfrica.
Fri 17 Nov ’23
Sat 18 Nov ’23

On 17 and 18 November, Studio Julian Hetzel and Frascati/ Het Verbond invite you to a two-part reading session to delve deeper into some of the issues the new performance SPAfrica addresses. The reading group takes place on 17 and 18 November, before the SPAfrica shows at Frascati.

In SPAfrica, Julian Hetzel & Ntando Cele join forces to explore the limits of empathy. What if empathy doesn’t change power structures but reinforces existing privileges? SPAfrica reveals the problematic mechanisms and hidden racism of its working. Is trauma the new gold of the arts?

The Elephant in the Room: On extractivism

  • Session #1 | Fr 17 November 16:00 - 18:30 with Teresa Borasino
  • Session #2 | Sa 18 November 16:00 - 18:30 with Maarten van Hinte

Before the performance, there is the oppurtunity to particpate in a two-part reading session: The Elephant in the Room: On Extractivism. Participation in this event is free, and open to anyone who is interested in the topics adressed in the performance. We encourage you to join both sessions. To participate, send an email before November 1st to

About the hosts

Teresa Borasino is a Peruvian artist based in Amsterdam. Her work balances the fertile edges between art and activism, the space between poetics and politics, and the radical engagement with social movements. She co-founded Fossil Free Culture in 2016, a collective of artists, activists, and scholars working at the intersection of art and climate justice. Fossil Free Culture NL confronts oil and gas sponsorship of public cultural institutions in the Netherlands. Recently, the collective started the Disobedient Art School, a pedagogical framework for non-hierarchical collaborative learning through art practices that intervene in systems of oppression. Since 2021, Borasino has been conducting artistic research into the Andean cosmovision and its ecologies of ancestral knowledge and practice.

Maarten van Hinte is a Dutch-Surinamese actor, director, (theatre) writer and dramaturg. This year, he won the Toneelschrijfprijs 2023 for Queen of Disco. At the beginning of the 80’s, he founded the goup NuClarity with guitarist Lucien Kembel, the first live hiphop band in the Netherlands. Concurrently, he joined the theatre group DNA (De Nieuw Amsterdam), a multicultural theatre ensemble founded by Rufus Collins and Henk Tjon. Here, he started as an actor, only to develop himself as a translator and director.

In 1992, he founded the theatre group Made in da Shade with Majorie Boston and Lucien Kembel, which was considered urban theatre and focused on performances for and by new voices. In 2007, Made in da Shade fused with Cosmic Theatre to MC, which combined urban theatre, music and club culture. In this formation, Van Hinte started as writer, director and coach of a new generation of young artists who dare to think differently and mirror the multivoiced character of the city. Since then, MC has grown into the international, multidisciplinary urban production centre RIGHTABOUTNOW INC.

  • Location: Het Verbond, Nes 71, Amsterdam
  • Language: English
  • Free admission, register by sending an email to
  • Max. 12 participants
  • Registration deadline: Wed November 1st