After 228 years, on October 3rd of this year, Tula, the leader of the largest slave revolt, will be rehabilitated by the Dutch government. This rebellion in 1795 was brutally suppressed, and Tula was sentenced to death. Afterward, it was taboo for a long time to commemorate Tula. Izaline Calister: 'In 2023, we celebrate the abolition of slavery 150 years ago. My great-grandmother Juliet (1836-1875) experienced it all: slavery and its abolition. Izaline brings Juliet to life in a personal, musical performance.
Izaline Calister connects history with the present and celebrates the future by telling the story of Juliet and the influence of freedom fighter Tula and by playing passionate and moving music.
PREMIERE October 11, Bijlmerpark Theatre, Amsterdam
Lead vocals, script, acting:Izaline Calister
Guitars: Ed Verhoeff
Trombone: Ilja Reijngoud or Efe Erdem or Pablo Martinez/
Percussion: Vernon Chatlein or Lidrick Solagier or Roël Calister
As a child, Izaline would always sang, also in children’s choirs, for instance in ‘Perlitas’ led by the famous Rudy Plaate.
For this project, Izaline chose songs from her youth. Songs that every Antillian likes to sing along; from reknown composers as Richard Simon, Padu Lampe from Aruba and above-mentioned Rudy Plaate. She had the songs adapted in the Dutch language by children's book author Koos Meinderts and together with a.o. Thijs Borsten she recorded new arrangements of the songs; this CD comes with an accompanying picture-book.
Bon Dia, Goeiemorgen LIVE 2024
14 Schoolconcerts Wijk bij Duurstede
20 Podium Hoge woerd- De Meern
10 Kunstlinie Almere Flevoland (KAF)
24 Het Kielzog, Hoogezand-Sappermeer
13 Musis & Stadstheater Arnhem
14 Leidse Schouwburg, Leiden
21 Schouwburg Tilburg
27 Schouwburg, Tilburg
28 Schoolconcert, Tilburg
Tula lives is the music documentary which Izaline Calister made together with musician/theater maker Thijs Borsten. They walk the Ruta di Tula in Curaçao. There, they meet artists, musicians, historians, and a pastor. Tula worked as a slave on Knip plantation. On August 17, 1795, he and other enslaved people rebel and stop working. Plantation owner Casper Lodewijk van Uytrecht is unresponsive, so they head to the capital, to the governor. Along the way, other enslaved people join them.Tula and many others ultimately pay with their lives, but the rebellion becomes a national symbol. Tula himself is declared a national hero in 2010 and this year after 228 years he will be rehabilitated by the Dutch government. The documentary was previously broadcast on Dutch Television on August 17th. Due to the rehabilitation of Tula on October 3rd, the documentary will be re-aired on NPOEXTRA channel at 8:30 pm. In addition, the concert on Zuurzak plantation, Curaçao, featuring Izaline Calister and musicians, will also be broadcasted.
As a follow-up of their theatre-show about Izaline's father and birth island Curaçao this new program is about how the Dutch and the Antilleans look at each other. What are the cultural differences and prejudices? Experience how Izaline & Thijs managed to add this all in an interesting musical program.
This tour will start March 2024.