29 August 2020

Meral Polats Trio

Meral Polat & Touki Delphine |

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“I am rather boundless”, said actress and singer Meral Polat [1982] a few years ago in an interview with Vrij Nederland. Not a boring characteristic, and at the same time not the easiest one. For, how do you work your way through existing boundaries? By researching your own inner world, Meral decided. She drew inspiration for her concert in the Open Air Theater from the recent months in which the Netherlands almost came to a standstill and the outer world changed into a no-go area.

In the meantime, the relaxed measures are an invitation to sing some wholes into the horizon. Meral, who was born in Zaanstad and who has Turkish-Kurdish roots, plays protest songs that she once sang on her father’s shoulders, pop songs from the nineties about love and desire, but also folk songs that her grandparents passed on to her. Additionally, in her new repertoire she looks for connections between then and now, east and west, inside and outside. The Kurdish songs that her father wrote are like honey in your ears. Apart from these songs, Meral tells short stories as well. In Den Bosch she shares the stage with members of music group Touki Delhpine.

Previously she collaborated extensively with Adelheid Roosen, in De Gesluierde Monologen and the Wijksafaris. She played brilliant roles in Ro Theater’s Snorro and Moord in de kerststal and in Hollands Spoor by Het Nationaal Toneel, and she also made a name for herself in TV series such as Mees Kees and De Luizenmoeder.

Location Openluchttheater Citadel
Running time 70 min.
Theaterfestival Boulevard thanks:
  • Gemeente 's-Hertogenbosch
  • Den Bosch Partners
  • Provincie Noord-Brabant
  • Fonds Podiumkunsten
  • VSBfonds
  • Fonds21
  • Vriendenloterij Fonds
  • Creative Europe Programme (EU)
  • Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds
  • Dioraphte
  • VandenEnde Foundation
  • Fonds ZOZ
  • Jeugdfonds Sport & Cultuur
  • Jan van Hoof Galerie
  • Apap
  • Feminist Futures
  • Performing Gender