Emke Idema

Emke Idema

DAS Theatre

Emke Idema (1980, NL) studied Dutch literature in Groningen and performance at the Theatre Academy of Maastricht. At DasArts she developed theatre formats on the edge of sociology, game and theatre. During her IT (individual trajectory), she developed the performance STRANGER: a life-size board game that tries to reveal the tension between our social norms and our intuition by asking from the audience to participate and express ideas about people they don’t know. This well-received performance was and is presented internationally, a.o. at Oerol Festival (Terschelling), Cratere Surfaces Festival (Ales), Stockon International Riverside Festival, Theater aan Zee (Oostende) and Next Festival.
Emke’s latest (Master Proof) performance, RULE TM also has a game concept, and deals with issues of migration, exclusion and a majority democracy. It questions the audiences’ position in a system of rules. It had its Dutch premiere at Frascati Theater in Amsterdam and is and will be shown at different venues in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France. Both STRANGER and RULE TM will be adapted to Arabic in the spring of 2015 to be performed in Egypt (Cairo and Alexandria).


How do we relate as a group of individuals to major social problems such as migration and illegal immigrants? Where do you stand? To what extent do your choices correspond to those of the others? RULE™ is a playful and theatrical platform around your personal politics where the border between your personal values, group values, and existing rules will be tested. You and the group will navigate your collective compass and respect, violate and set boundaries during Emke Idema's Master Proof Project RULE™.

Emke Idema has created RULE™ in close collaboration with dramaturge Nienke Scholts and designer Joris van Oosterwijk. After STRANGER (2012), RULE™ is the second in a series of performative games. In 2013 the concept RULE™ won the Dioraphte Stimuleringsprijs during Cement Festival in Den Bosch.

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