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A Quick Introduction: Our New Editors

Published 29 Oct 2015 at 12:00 by We Are Public

The time has come for us to introduce you to our new editors. Dilan Yurdakul, Maartje Wortel and Carmen Muskee have joined our team of editors and are now keeping their refined eyes on Amsterdam’s cultural pulse, selecting extraordinary programme events just for you. Dilan will be picking out the shiniest of theatre gems, Maartje will zone in on literature and Carmen has got a knack for dance.

Later we will provide you with proper introductions by means of interviews with each of our newcomers. To acquaint you briefly, we asked them to tell us about their personal favourites. Read on!


Maartje Wortel

Maartje Wortel is the author of (amongst others) the novel IJstijd (Bezige Bije) and an all-round great person. We asked her about her all-time favourite literary segment.

My favourite piece of text? Hmm, this might be good:

‘ “Alas”, said the mouse, “the whole world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when I saw walls far away to the right and left, but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last chamber already, and there in the corner stands the trap that I am running into.”
“You only need to change your direction,” said the cat, and ate it up.’
Franz Kafka

Just the right length for the Internet, right? My favourites are entire novels, that’s why I chose this short piece.

Thanks, Maartje Wortel!


Carmen Muskee

Carmen is a perfectionist dance devotee that never seems to not be working. She studies art history and works for the Modriaan Fonds, amongst other things. We asked her about the most beautiful choreography (and suggested she choose one we could watch online. We Love Youtube.):

My favourite choreography, that is of course a difficult question. I have seen so many magnificent things. But, for the occasion, I’ll say Föld by Krisztina de Châtel. It is a classic (that has been reprised a number of times) that had such an impact on me. The piece begins with sequences of minimalistic movement and transitions into a part in which the dancers “fight” and demolish a wall of soil. The dancer’s remarkable concentration, the great physical effort they delivered and the repetition in the music and movement; I found myself in a state of high concentration, hyper focus even, feeling enormous empathy for the dancers. That was a truly remarkable experience. There is a short summarising recording of it on YouTube . I’m not sure if it’s website-worthy. Does that give you enough information?

Oh yes Carmen, oh yes.


Dilan Yurdakul

Dilan Yurdakul studied both German and European studies and works as an actress. She also loves to read plays. We asked her to tell us her favourite, and she gave us a brief response:

Hola, About my favourite play: I’m a fan of Tennessee Williams – A Streetcar Named Desire, and I have a love of literary authors that describe the human condition. Houellebecq, Poesjkin, Proust, and absurdists like Kafka.


Concise, yet deep! Keep an eye on our upcoming literary, dance and theatre events to find out what Maartje, Carmen and Dilan think are absolute must-see programmes. We also have in-depths interviews with our newcomers coming shortly. Stay tuned.

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