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AURELIE DI MARINO - If there weren’t any blacks you’d have to invent them

lun 06/11/2017 > dim 26/11/2017

Five actors attempt to translate the view on racism and identity from the mythical 60s into current terms.

If there weren’t any blacks you’d have to invent them is a 1968 film by Johnny Speight. Almost exactly 50 years after this film was released, 5 actors play themselves to pieces in a re-enactment by taking on no less than 16 roles !

Aurelie Di Marino, Benjamin Op de Beeck, Btissame Bourrich, Nona Buhrs and Ahilan Ratnamohan turn the script inside out as a historical document. Is the desire for segregation an inherent human characteristic ? Have we fully incorporated the desire for freedom ? What is left of the compartmentalised society Speight made fun of ? What roles do we all take on today ? How many different roles can 21st century man take on at the same time ? What has changed and what has stayed the same ? What has become more complex ?

Through their acting, they attempt to translate Speight’s view on racism and identity from the mythical 60s into current terms : an anachronistic mirror that reveals a frightening amount about the present.

If there weren’t any blacks you’d have to invent them will be shown on DEC 21-22 2017 in the framework of THE FUTURE IS FEMINIST @ Beursschouwburg, Brussels