15 September 2018


What Is the City but the People?

What Is the City but the People? launch event for Manchester International Festival 2017. Photo: Jon Super

Call for participation: we invite 150 people living or working in Utrecht to create a unique self-portrait of the city through their individual stories, and to walk or move down a runway together in the heart of the city at the opening of het Uitfeest 2018.

Do you want to be part of a live portrait of Utrecht?
Do you live or work in the city of Utrecht? Would you like to share your (life) story? Or the story of your community? What does this city mean to you, and how do you and your community—your struggles and achievements—make the city?

What does it mean to be a participant?
The public performance on 15 September 2018 will see participants walk or move down a runway in the centre of the city, alongside portraits of themselves, and quotes taken from interview. Prior to this, we will conduct an interview and a photo shoot with you. Your participation will require approximately three sessions—each around half a day—of your time.

Thursday 28, Friday 29 June 2018, and Friday 6, Saturday 7, Sunday 8 July 2018: photo shoot and interview (you need to be available on one of these days)
8 or 9 September 2018: runway rehearsal
15 September 2018: public performance

If you would like to be one of the 150 participants and share your (personal) story or the story of your group, please write an email with your name, phone number, and a short description of the story to Sanne Karssenberg at [email protected] or call BAK at 030-2316125.

Who we are
The performance What Is the City but the People? is based on an idea by artist Jeremy Deller and produced by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in collaboration with Centraal Museum, Utrecht and SPRING, Utrecht. Special support by Utrecht Marketing – Culturele Zondagen, Utrecht and TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht.

The project was originally commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, Manchester.


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