The Venus Project

The Venus Project

program coordinator / directorMilone Reigman
reading groupAmal Alhaag
dramaturg appliedtheatre Connie Bell
scriptMilone Reigman
scenography / masksShertise Solano
lighting designPaul van Laak
campagne imageLuis Rios Zertuche
coproducerProductiehuis Rotterdam, Framer Framed
special thanksDutch Performing Arts

The Venus Project is a immersive theatre project: a living archive, conversation and performance which facilitates a critical space to examine, discuss and re-interpret the historization, imagination and representation of the black female body. Colonial ideology has shaped the identity of the black female. Sarah Baartman – a.k.a. the Venus Hottentot - functions as the embodiment of these colonial ideas. Through her life, lineage and legacy Sarah Baartman offers an alternative reading that connect to the diasporic black experience: where displacement, representation issues connect with question of social injustice. 

The Venus Project investigates these global effects embedded in a local context. The Venus Project is a one-day event that connects to the current global conversations on race, gender, sexuality, voyeurism and migration. It uses theoretical and theatrical methodology to devise a day of exchange where theatre, visual art, spoken word and dialogic events find new ways to connect and question the historical impact of Sarah Baartman on the global black identity.

The Venus Project is a traveling research based event that consist of elements which includes artist interventions depending on the local context.