Theatre Company Sonja took the program of which this blog is an outlet pretty much to their heart: they are preparing a live radio play “Artists at War”. TG Sonja was invited by the Amersfoort based Mondriaanhuis to come up with an idea for fringe programs within the forthcoming exposition ‘Vision vs. Confrontation’, due to open April 14th. The exposition focuses on Mondriaan’s reaction to the two World Wars he lived through, in which he sets the vision, the utopia, as eventual goal.
TG Sonja took this as a point of departure for a live radio play in which not only Mondriaan will feature, but three other Dutch artists as well: Charley Toorop, Johannes Heesters and Gerrit Jan van der Veen.
Artists at War thus portrays four specific reactions of artists to the World War II. While one flees, the other resists. Another collaborates with the enemy, while a fourth tries to process the grief of warfare through art. This makes the play not just about Mondriaan, Heesters, Toorop and van der Veen, but about each and everyone of us.
At their facebookpage TG Sonja keep a vivid diary on researching the artists and show their work in progress. In one of their posts they showed this beautiful recording of a Johannes Heesters song. Might you master Dutch language you will most likely want to dive deeper into other projects TG Sonja carries out. You can do so here, and once you are at it, they do run a crowdfunding campaign here. And to conclude, buy some tickets for the first show of Artists at War here.