Since last friday we played our performance GUTS!?. six times at Da Vinci College Leiden. It were six very special meetings. In the first place because it was totally new for Lauren and Margôt to play for an ‘not in the first place interested audience’. Normally the people who come to watch their performances are more than willing to like it. But adolescents on a high school are of a total different kind. So the first day Lauren and Margôt worked their asses off. But last friday, experienced from the other week, they already seemed profs. The performance worked really well on the pre-exam classes Havo and VWO. The kids were interested and willing to hear Lauren and Margôt tell about their trip and their meetings with all those different people.
Most interesting were the small conversations that arose after the performance while the audience was watching the stories and drawings on our table. Youngsters were trying to explain to us (1 on 1) why ‘love’ or ‘infinity’ was the word they wanted on their bracelet (we gave them bracelets made of inner-tire just like we did along the road). And sometimes just after the performance someone wanted to tell us (and their whole class listening) what it was they thought was of real value. I personally hope that the youngsters who saw the performance will remember these small talks and will think and talk about their important thoughts with their teacher or friends another time again.
And now the summer really ended, leaves are falling from the trees and GUTS|1213 came to an end. Luckely their will be a lot of cosy evenings to think and write about a new plan, which is at the moment just a dream: cycling for 12 months; with 12 different young artists; meeting lots of people in at least 12 European country’s to finally connect all these different people living in the same continent. Trying to connect them by what they think really is of value and importance, just then on that moment, when we sit with them and ask them to think, dream and inspire us.