Performance: Opening show Rebirth

Artists: Sahand Sahebdivani – Raphael Rodan and Het Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest

Duration: 60 min



Start: 20:30

End: 21:30

Price: € 18.00

About the show: Rebirth, this year’s theme, will be the subject of this show. An original storytelling show performed by our very own directors with beautiful music of one of the members of Het Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest. The show will be especially developed for this year’s festival and be a combination of short stories and sketches. Off course the two masters of stage, won’t be afraid to reflect at themselves and each other.



Het thema van dit jaar, wedergeboorte, is het onderwerp van deze show. Een originele voorstelling door onze eigen creatief directeuren, met prachtige muzikale begeleiding van een van de leden van Het Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest. De show wordt speciaal gecreëerd voor het festival van dit jaar en is een combinatie van korte verhalen en sketches. Zoals je van ze gewend bent, zijn onze ‘meesters van het podium’ niet bang om te reflecteren: op zichzelf en op elkaar….



Het Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest (Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra) plays different forms of music from Granada to Baghdad from various time periods and styles. From the rich Arabo Andalus repertoire to the mystical Eastern music and from the refined improvisation music from the Arab world to the folk music from the Maghreb.


Raphael Rodan (1980) is an award-winning theatre maker and storyteller. He graduated in 2008 from the School of Speech and Drama in Harduf in his country of birth Israel. He continued his actor training at the Actors Temple in London. He worked in Israel as a theatre director for Arab and Jewish young actors, using theatre as a bridge for communication. Since his move to Europe he runs storytelling workshops and performs all over the continent.


Sahand Sahebdivani (1980) is the most known storyteller of The Netherlands. In 2004 he founded the Mezrab, which has since grown to become one of the most important storytelling stages of the world. Sahand arrived in the Netherlands as a refugee of the Iran-Iraq war at the age of three. The experiences of him and his family have been the basis of the majority of his work.

Sahand and Raphael have been working together for many years. They have a strong connection as friends and artistic partners and that brings their performances to the next level of sincerity.


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