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Lachen, huilen, bevrijden

De weerspiegeling van de Surinaamse samenleving in het werk van het Doe-theater, 1970-1983


Annika Ockhorst and Thea Doelwijt

Met de cabaret-musical Land te koop nemen Thea Doelwijt en Henk Tjon het Surinaamse en Nederlandse publiek in 1973 mee op ontdekkingsreis door Suriname. Na het succes van deze voorstellingenreeks richt het duo een vast gezelschap op: het Doe-theater. In de tien jaar die volgen groeit dit theatergezelschap uit tot een begrip in Suriname. Het Doe-theater streeft een professionele en eigen theatervorm na waarin alle Surinaamse culturen zichzelf kunnen herkennen en waarmee de bevolking bewust wordt gemaakt van misstanden in de samenleving. Door deze combinatie van professioneel, multicultureel en maatschappijkritisch theater heeft het Doe-theater een unieke plek in de culturele geschiedenis van Suriname.

Lachen, huilen, bevrijden beschrijft het reilen en zeilen van het Doe-theater tegen de achtergrond van een veelbewogen Surinaamse geschiedenis. Het portret dat zo ontstaat, is gebaseerd op het privéarchief van Thea Doelwijt, interviews met voormalige Doe-theaterleden en andere betrokkenen en Surinaamse en Nederlandse krantenartikelen. Foto’s, liederen, theaterteksten en de bijgevoegde documentaire Libi Span van Jan Venema geven een levendig beeld van het Suriname van toen.

Johannes A. (Hans) van der Ven and Joop G. Vernooij

The Constitution of Suriname of 1987, including the Reforms of 1992, is an interesting document. It entails the contract of the people of this young Republic with itself. It describes, against the history of the colonial struggle it suffered from, its aims and goals, its underlying values, the

Richard Price

A little over a decade ago, I published detailed estimates of Maroon population figures, including rough geographical distributions (Price 2002 ). They were summarized in the following table and accompanying note. Table 1 . 2002 Population Figures* * For the Ndyuka, “Suriname

Jessica Vance Roitman

Noach Isak van Coerland was, by all accounts, an unpleasant man from a disagreeable family. He was born in Amsterdam in 1752 and appears in the records of both the civil authorities and the Jewish community in Suriname by the early 1770s. His appearance in these records stems from precisely

Maroons in Guyane

Getting the Numbers Right

Richard Price

number of mitigating factors in this count. First, there are many transnationals living there, both men and women, mainly Maroons who move between households in Albina (just across the Maroni River) or elsewhere in Suriname, and Saint-Laurent. Furthermore, a significant number of schoolchildren arrive

Jakarta and Paramaribo Calling

Return Migration Challenges for the Surinamese Javanese Diaspora?

Peter Meel

Homeland connections have been a feature of the Surinamese Javanese population group ever since the first Javanese indentured laborers left Indonesia and settled in Suriname in 1890. For many decades these links were confined to well-demarcated Javanese communities living across the Indian and

Competing for European Settlers

Local Loyalties of Colonial Governments in Suriname and Jamaica, 1660–1680

Suze Zijlstra

European colonists were crucial to the further development of the newly conquered Caribbean colonies of Suriname and Jamaica in the 1660s and 1670s. However, both their governments experienced difficulties in attracting enough settlers. Europeans already inhabited both colonies when the


Richard Price

Maroons in Suriname and French Guiana was estimated to be 40,000, with almost all of them residing in the traditional Maroon territories of the interior (R. Price 1976 :3–4). Today, these peoples number some 210,000 and fewer than half live where they (or their ancestors) once did, the others being

Publication of these volumes has been supported by a grant from Uitvoeringsorganisatie Twinningfaciliteit Suriname Nederland (UTSN), and initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands to stimulate economic and cultural collaboration between Suriname and the Netherlands.

The UTSN grant was awarded to the Dutch natural history museum NCB Naturalis and the National Zoological Collection of Suriname to digitalize the Suriname collection at Naturalis and produce books to raise awareness of the diverse fauna of Suriname and stimulate eco-tourism to the country.

Captured on the Gold Coast

“Illegal” Enslavement, Freedom and the Pursuit of Justice in Dutch Courts, 1746–1750

Gerhard de Kok and Harvey M. Feinberg

at the town of Butri. For Captain Christiaan Hagerop, the kidnapping was the culmination of a commercial conflict between him and the factor of a nearby Dutch fort. For the seven rimadoors it was the beginning of a long ordeal in which they were transported to the plantation colony of Suriname and