The Keti Koti Monologues

Keti Koti is a celebration of the day that slavery ended in Surinam (July 1, 1863). To commemorate the abolition of slavery in areas colonised by the Netherlands, STET is organising the Keti Koti Monologues, a programme of short performances that reflect on the practices of slavery and its legacy.

Every night, there will be three solo performances -spoken word by Daniëlle Zawadi, physical performance by Ritzah State, monologue by Rosa Weekers- and one speaker who will elaborate more on the consequences of slavery. 

Performer line up:

Daniëlle Zawadi 

“I want share a story that is about ‘the result of’. To be the result of a second generation child. The unspoken sacrifices of the war in DR Congo. And how Keti Koti is a past but also a future, from my perspective” 

Daniëlle Zawadi writes prose and performs with spoken word. Her stories are mostly about what it means to be young in the Netherlands as someone of the second generation: born in the Democratic Republic of Congo but raised in the Netherlands. Zawadi addresses topics about her bi-cultural background, friendship and aging. 

Ritzah Statia – Kibra Silensio

How does the new young Caribbean generation deal with difficult and traumatic experiences? What are the ‘confidential files’ they keep in their brains? Why do they suppress certain experiences? 

Growing up in a community that sometimes has a ‘because I say so’ and ‘suck it up’ mentality. What is the effect of this later in life? Kibra Silensio (‘break the silence’) is a theatrical and musical quest by choreographer Ritzah Statia for the experiences of Caribbean youngsters.

Foto credits voorstelling: Kéhmor Statia
Foto credits portret: Thijs Huizer

Rosa Weekers

The physical form of transatlantic slavery is over. We celebrate that at Keti Koti. The chains are broken. Rosa explores the mental aspects of slavery that are consciously, as well as unconsciously, still present today. She examines whether the slavery of that time has really been completely broken or whether there are still remnants of it being passed on from generation to generation.

Rosa Weekers is an actress and theater maker of Surinamese and Dutch descent. She grew up in both countries, Surinam and the Netherlands. This bi-cultural upbringing aroused interest in the stories of people that set them apart, but often also bring them together.


17 June – Karwan Fatah-Black
Karwan Fatah-Black is an expert in Dutch Colonial History. The early modern Atlantic world is the context for his study of the transformational effects of globalization on society. Karwan is often seen in the media to explain news on Dutch Colonial History.

18 June – Nancy Jouwe
Nancy Jouwe is a cultural historian, researcher, lecturer and public speaker. She studied Gender Studies and Cultural History in Utrecht and York and has published ten book titles and several articles on colonial history and postcolonial cultural and social movements. Recent titles: Gendered Empire (2020), Slavery and the City of Utrecht (2021) and Slavery Revisited (2021).

Dates, Venues & Tickets

Koninklijke Schouwburg, The Hague

Friday 17 June 2022 | 20:00 

Tickets: €18,50 – €24,00


*Saturday 18 June 2022 | 20:00

Tickets: €18,50 – €24,00

Friday 1 July 2022


*This performance will be a relaxed performance, see below for more info of accessibility at STET

**This performance will be with Dutch sign language interpreters


  • The event is wheelchair accessible. Koninklijke Schouwburg has an adapted chair for wheelchair users, which can be removed if you’d prefer to sit in your own wheelchair, as well as space for a friend if you contact them in advance.
  • For more information about the accessibility of our shows, click here.
  • More questions about the accessibility of this event? Please send an email to
  • On the 18th June there will be a relaxed performance, read more about what that means on our accessibility page.
  • On the 1st July, we will have Dutch sign language interpreters

Thanks to:






Municipality of The Hague

Gravin van Bylandt 

Fonds Podium Kunsten

Tolken UWV

Stichting Sint Nicolaas Gasthuis