Theatre of Remembrance

About Theater Na de Dam

Right after the national remembrance of the death of the Second World War on the 4th of May, theatres open their doors for audience to broaden and deepen the commemoration via simultaneously presented theatre-performances of all sorts.

Theater Na de Dam started with seven performances in 2010 in Amsterdam and last year on the 4th of May, over 125 performances took place all over the Netherlands. All the established theatre companies and artist participate, but also the more fringe theatre groups and locations. The public television company broadcasts one part of our program live, all newspapers write about it and even those who are not connected with this specific history – for example immigrants and their children – now have a way to connect to this so important history.

Theater Na de Dam and youngsters

Also young people (aged around 12 till 20) perform that evening in theatre projects across neighbourhoods in cities. These projects are small in size and production but big and deep in impact. These projects start a couple weeks before the 4th of May when young people meet and speak to elderly people who were young during the Second World War. We only have a few years left in which these people can tell their stories. These stories form – together with historical information about a city and a location – the inspiration for the theatre performance that the young people make together with a theatre-maker in the weeks after that. Not only the history, but also how this history reflects on todays life and society is part of the performance.

Theatre of Remembrance throughout Europe

Because these projects with youngsters have such a great impact and are so important, Theater Na de Dam started these projects in European capitals and called it Theatre of Remembrance. To do so, we chose the 27th of January, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, as a context, rather than the 4th of May which is only a Dutch remembrance day.

In the past two years there have been projects in Berlin, Brussels, Warsaw, Prague, Kopenhagen, Kaunas, Turin, Budapest, Lviv, Goleniow and Bratislava.

In January 2023 you will find all the international performances on this website.

Contact: Andrada Simo