4 till 9 August 2022


Gery Mendes/ Orkater | NL

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Was my father a hero or a traitor? In the moving musical theatre solo Borboletas, Gery Mendes [1984, Cape Verde] butterflies along possible answers.

Location Zuiderpark/Tent Blauw
Running time 45 min.
Genre Musical theater

Musician and storyteller Gery Mendes [1984] originally comes from Cape Verde, which was colonised by Portugal until 1975. As a conscript, his father fought for a Western regime that oppressed his people. But it also offered him the chance to leave poverty and island behind him. A justifiable excuse? In his search for answers, Gery enters a battlefield. Borboletas, the Portuguese word for butterflies, originated from conversations Gery had with his father. A beautiful solo about life's destiny and love, in which Cape Verdean music, such as morna, funana, batuku, rousing West African party music, and hip-hop reinforce the stories.


Concept spel tekst en muziek Gery Mendes
Direction Benji Reid
Textual advice Maarten van Hinte
Decor Zico Lopes

Theaterfestival Boulevard thanks:
  • Gemeente 's-Hertogenbosch
  • Provincie Noord-Brabant
  • Fonds Podiumkunsten
  • Brabant C
  • VSBfonds
  • Fonds21
  • BankGiro Loterij
  • Cultuurfonds
  • Creative Europe Programme (EU)
  • De Versterking
  • Verkadefabriek
  • Theater aan de Parade
  • Apap
  • Performing Gender
  • Feminist Futures