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52e Poetry International Festival Rotterdam

Imaginings (première) & Performances Kitchen’s Light

Date
Sa June 11
17:00 - 18:30
Location
LantarenVenster 3
Imaginings (première) & Performances Kitchen’s Light

Imaginings (première) & Performances Kitchen’s Light

Signed word: poets tell their story poetically in sign language

The film Imaginings (Anja Hiddinga, 2022) was made in collaboration with the deaf poets’ collective Kitchen's Light. In the film the performers tell their stories in poetic sign language: ‘signed word’. In an urgently engaging manner, they share their experiences and thoughts with the viewer.

In addition to the film screening, the poets of Kitchen's Light and their colleagues from the Groningen collective MOTH will present live performances. The program will be introduced by host and sign linguist Richard Cokart (Nederlands Gebarencentrum), followed by a short presentation by poet Erik Bindervoet on translating poetry, particularly sign language poetry. In addition, the platform SIGNlab will be presented: a site for sharing creative videos in sign language and for inspiring one another. A Q&A with the audience will conclude the program.  

Kitchen's Light is a collective which presents poetic pieces in members’ native language, Dutch Sign Language (NGT). Kitchen's Light was formed...

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The film Imaginings (Anja Hiddinga, 2022) was made in collaboration with the deaf poets’ collective Kitchen's Light. In the film the performers tell their stories in poetic sign language: ‘signed word’. In an urgently engaging manner, they share their experiences and thoughts with the viewer.

In addition to the film screening, the poets of Kitchen's Light and their colleagues from the Groningen collective MOTH will present live performances. The program will be introduced by host and sign linguist Richard Cokart (Nederlands Gebarencentrum), followed by a short presentation by poet Erik Bindervoet on translating poetry, particularly sign language poetry. In addition, the platform SIGNlab will be presented: a site for sharing creative videos in sign language and for inspiring one another. A Q&A with the audience will conclude the program.  

Kitchen's Light is a collective which presents poetic pieces in members’ native language, Dutch Sign Language (NGT). Kitchen's Light was formed in 2019, following a series of workshops by spoken word artist Elten Kiene. Individually or collectively, members perform ‘signed word’, classic sign poetry, 'visual vernacular' (a genre special to sign languages), story-telling, poetic translations (e.g. of songs).

Anja Hiddinga is a Dutch filmmaker who has made several films about deafness including five poems in sign language (Bewogen, 2005), the documentary I gesture, I live (2012) and the short film Embodiment of Conflict (2022) about the controversy over the status of sign language. She is also a researcher and lecturer at the Anthropology Department of the University of Amsterdam.

Pricing

For this program you need a day ticket for Saturday 11 June or a festival passe-partout 
Day ticket: 10 to 20 euro’s 
Passe-partout (three days): 25 – 50 euro’s 
Discounts for CJP, Student card, Rotterdampas 

Language and duration

English, Dutch subtitles and sign language

Important information

The 52nd Poetry International Festival offers a number of readings and interviews with sign language interpretation on Saturday, June 11. These are:

The interview with Ilya Kaminsky
The lecture by Ilya Kaminsky and Safia Elhillo
The Talk The Scattered Feminine
This premiere of Imaginings, with readings and conversations

Links to those programs can be found below. 

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Sponsors
Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Ludo Pieters Gastschrijver Fonds
Hendrik Muller fonds
Lira fonds
J.E. Jurriaanse
Literature Translation Institute of Korea
Partners
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère