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Wieteke van Dort

Wieteke van Dort - foto Joris Jan Bos
Wieteke van Dort - foto Joris Jan Bos

(Indonesia, 1943) is an actress, writer, visual artist and singer. She became nationally famous due to her performances in Dutch television programmes. Her Dutch-Indonesian character Aunt Lien from De Late Late Lien Show is especially well known; the show featured sketches, songs, traditional dances and stories about nostalgia for the Dutch Indies. Her best-known song is "Arm Den Haag" ("Poor The Hague") from 1975. Her first volume of poetry, Handen (Hands), appeared in 1958; at the time, she was celebrated as the "youngest poet of the Netherlands" in the media. She wrote and illustrated various children's books including De toverbal (The Magic Ball, 2002) en Kleine wolk (Little Cloud, 2005). In 2003, she published Kind in Surabaja: Indische herinneringen (Child in Surabaja: Indonesian Memories) and in 2014, Java revisited in 133 Haikus.

(WN 2019)

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  • Winternachten 2019

    Dakota's Winternachten Story Festival: Stories from Afar

    With: Anima Jhagroe-Ruissen, Arshia Sattar, Çiler Ilhan, Duygu Alkan, Francis Broekhuijsen, Jhilani Wijsman, Mark Kalsbeek, Shagun, Turks koor Escamp, Wieteke van Dort

    The Winternachten Story Festival at Theater Dakota came to its festive conclusion on Sunday afternoon. 'Stories from Afar' was a large and varied programme with stories, music and dance from and about India, Turkey and the Dutch Indies. The programme had two parts: before the intermission you chose one of three country programmes, each in a separate room. You heard music and stories of writers and local residents about their country of origin.

    The India programme included an appearance by writer Arshia Sattar. She's an expert on the Ramayana and a great storyteller. Dancer Anima Jhagroe-Ruissen, pupil of Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee Guru Geetanjali Lal, performed with a music ensemble consisting of Viresh Kisoendajal (tabla), Lehra (sitar), Martijn Barendregt and Shivant Jhagroe (harmonium) en Ilyas Nadjafi (vocals).

    The Turkey programme included appearances by writer Ciler Ilhan, currently famous for her story collection In Exile, and vocalist-ud player Duygu Alkan. Wieteke van Dort told the most beautiful stories about the Dutch Indies. After the break came a stunning finale for all visitors. Francis Broekhuijsen introduced performances by all the above-mentioned and more artists in the great hall of Theatre Dakota: music by Hindi pop band Shagun, the choir Turkuaz from Escamp and The Hague-based singer-songwriter Jhilani Wijsman. When you reserved tickets, you also chose the country programme that takes place before the intermission. Your ticket was of course also valid after the break.

  • Indische Winternacht 1997

    Indische Winternacht 1997

    With: Adriaan van Dis, Aya Zikken, Carel Alphenaar, De Nazaten van Prins Hendrik, Gamelan Ensemble Widosari, Hans Vervoort, Hella Haasse, Jill Stolk, Marion Bloem, Michaël Zeeman, Mischa de Vreede, Radhar Panca Dahana, Rayuan Samud'ra, Rendra, Sitok Srengenge, Sitor Situmorang, The Galaxy Band, Wieteke van Dort

    In 1997 the second edition of the Indische Winternacht took place: a Dutch and Indonesian evening of literature, music, film and storytelling. Among the participants were: Adriaan van Dis, Wieteke van Dort, Mischa de Vreede, Jill Stolk, Hella Haasse, Aya Zikken, Marion Bloem, and from Indonesia Rendra, Sitor Situmorang, Panca Dahana and Sitok Srengenge. The writers were introduced by Carel Alphenaar and interviewed by Michaël Zeeman. With music by The Galaxy Band, Gamelan Ensemble Widosari and De Nazaten van Prins Hendrik.