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Book presentation Astrid Lampe

On 19 June 2018 the Dutch poet Astrid Lampe presents her ninth poetry book Zusterstad 2.0 (Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Querido, 2018) in Perdu, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Fellow poets Rozalie Hirs and Kees ‘t Hart read a new poetry selection together with Lampe, compiled by her especially for the event.


Multilingualism: Tower of Babel I Diapason

On 15 December 2017 at 20:30 CET the Amsterdam-based experimental poetry venue Perdu presents the first installment of a series of evenings Toren van Babel/ Diapason around the phenomenon of multilingualism in contemporary poetry. The evenings are curated by Lucie Fortuin, Linda Veldman, and Frances Welling (Avondenredactie/ director of Perdu).

During this evening the multilingual poetry book gestammelte werke (2017) by Rozalie Hirs is presented to the Dutch audience. The new book, recently published by the Berlin-based experimental publishing house kookbooks, can be regarded as a manifesto for Europe and the world. Rozalie Hirs, Linda Veldman, and Frances Welling kick off the evening with a language caroussel of poems in Dutch, German, French, English, and Russian, selected from the new compendium. The performance is followed by a round table discussion with Frances Welling (host), Çağlar Köseoğlu, Dean Bowen, and Rozalie Hirs, on the topic of multilingualism in poetry. After the intermission Hirs performs her music composition Bridge of Babel (2009), an imaginary road trip around the world in twenty languages. The program is concluded with a brandnew multilingual radioplay by Lucie Fortuin, Linda Veldman, and Frances Welling.


Poem of the day at Ooteoote

Very happy to be part of Ooteoote’s Lage Landenserie (LL105) with the poem “verschijn en wezen’ selected from my recent book verdere bijzonderheden. Enjoy!


N30x31 – A tribute to Jeroen Mettes (1987-2006)

161216-jeroenmettes-n30-book-cover-perdu-amsterdamOn Friday 16 December 2016 at 20:00 CET at Perdu, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the work by poet, essayist, and blogger Jeroen Mettes (1987-2006) is commemorated by thirty-one Dutch poets reciting Mettes’ magnum opus N30+ during an evening-length tribute.

With appearances by Samuel Vriezen, Maartje Smits, Alfred Schaffer, Nadia de Vries, Geert Buelens, Zohra Beldman, Tonnus Oosterhoff, Frank Keizer, Anne van de Wetering, Frans-Willem Korsten, Lieke Marsman, Çağlar Köseoğlu, Arno van Vlierberghe, Lara Staal, Johan Herrenberg, Rozalie Hirs, Siebe Bluijs, Fiep van Bodegom, Roelof ten Napel, Dominique de Groen, Sophie van den Bergh, Mathijs Tratsaert, Max Urai, Aafke Romeijn, Obe Alkema, Saskia de Jong, Nam Chi Nguyen, Bram Ieven, Hannah van Binsbergen, Daniël Rovers, and Maarten van der Graaff. The evening is curated and presented by Lodewijk Verduin & Perdu Avonden Redactie.


To witness matter


On 11 December 2015 at 20:30 CET Perdu will host an evening around structures of remembrance, forms of subjectivity gathering, and communication.

“memory for two, memory for several, world-memory, memory-ages of the world”
(from: Cinema 2: The Time-Image (1989) by Gilles Deleuze. Translated into English by Hugh Tomlinson and Robert Galeta. p.119).

Patricia Pisters presents a lecture on her work. Baha Görkem Yalim shows installation and video work. Mia You discusses prose by the Lebanese-American writer and painter Etel Adnan. Rozalie Hirs reads selections from the poetry collection Seasons (2008) by Adnan. Hirs also presents some of her own music compositions specifically dealing with the topic of memory and the act of remembering.

View visual works by Etel Adnan here.


Performance at book launch of Beyond the vanishing point by Frans Budé

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On 3 December 2015 at 20:30 CET the poets Frans Budé, Anneke Brassinga, Daan Doesborgh, Elma van Haren, and Rozalie Hirs perform at the book launch of Beyond the vanishing point by Frans Budé (Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 2015). Poet and critic Erik Lindner will introduce the work of Budé with an essay. The event takes place at Perdu, Amsterdam. Welcome!


Impossible screenplay [invitation]


You are cordially invited to an evening around impossible screenplays tonight at Perdu, Amsterdam, at 20:30 CET. Maud Vanhauwaert and Dick Tuinder introduce films and drawings by Dick Tuinder. Theatertroep interprets two screenplays by Delphine Lecompte and Rozalie Hirs, recently published in an issue of the Flemish Literary Magazine DW B (Dietsche Warande & Belfort) curated by Vanhauwaert around the topic of impossible screenplays. A discussion with Theatertroep, Frank Keizer, Bernhard Christiansen, and Rozalie Hirs concludes the evening.

The ‘screenplay’ by Rozalie Hirs is Atlantis (2015), a new multilingual collage poem, based on her previous poetry, including translations by Kim Andringa, Donald Gardner, Henri Deluy, Diego Puls, and Willem Groenewegen. This poetry cycle was originally written for Hirs’ composition Atlantis ampersand, commissioned by Holland Festival and premiered by Klangforum Wien and Vokalensemble NOVA at Holland Festival during the Urbo Kune event on 6 June 2015.


[Update at 23:00 CET: Photograph of Theatertroep performing Hirs’ Atlantis at Perdu, 30 October 2015]



Rozalie Hirs @Perdu

Rozalie Hirs is talking about and reading some brandnew experimental versus lyrical poetry during the season’s opening 2015/16 of Perdu, the one-and-only cutting edge poetry foundation in the Netherlands, located in the center of Amsterdam.


Book presentation Han van der Vegt

Han van der Vegt: Navigatiesystemen (Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Wereldbibliotheek, 2015))

On 28 January 2015 at 20:30 CET the new poetry book Navigatiesystemen (Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Wereldbibliotheek, 2015) by Han van der Vegt is presented at Perdu, Kloverniersburgwal 86, Amsterdam, with a poetry reading by himself. Additional performances by the poets Onno Kosters, Jacob Groot, and Rozalie Hirs. Furthermore, Frank Keizer and Johan Herrenberg present essays on the new poetry book. A reception closes the event.


Opening of the Amsterdam Poetry Season

Paul Rodenko

Op 18 September 2015 the literary venue Perdu in Amsterdam opens its new season with a special programme around the experimental poetry anthology Met twee maten by Paul Rodenko (Amsterdam: Bert Bakker; 1954). The following poets will write new works especially for the evening, and perform and discuss what they’ve written: Mathijs Tratsaert, Hélène Gelèns, Ellen Deckwitz, Paul Bogaert, Alfred Schaffer, and Rozalie Hirs.


Tribute to Gerrit Kouwenaar


On 7 November 2014 at 19:00 CET a group of Dutch poets will perform in tribute of Gerrit Kouwenaar (1923-2014). They will read his selected poems Vallende Stilte (Amsterdam: uitgeverij Querido, 2008) at Perdu, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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30+30 Poets’ marathon

Dichtersmarathon, Perdu, Amsterdam, 30 januari 2014

On 30 January 2014 at the occasion of the National Poetry Day in The Netherlands (Gedichtendag) on 30 January 2014, Perdu presents its traditional Poetry Marathon. During this event thirty Dutch poets each read three poems: two poems they’ve written themselves as well as one translation of a selected poem by a foreign author.


In state of [war] – world premiere

Rozalie Hirs Suburban Video Lounge

On Friday 29 November 2013 at 20:30 CET the new text music composition In state of [war] (2013) by Rozalie Hirs is performed for the first time as part of Words Live 4, an arts event dedicated to spoken words, at Perdu, Amsterdam. The performers are Paul Bogaers, Florian Cramer, Cora Schmeiser, Rosie Heinrich, Toine Horvers, Émilie Gallier, Mariëtte Groot, Myriam van Imschoot, Teun de Lange, Gerrit-Jan de Rook, Samuel Vriezen, and B. Zwaal. In state of [war] (2013) for twelve spoken voices is a sequel to In LA (2003) for six spoken voices.

Words Live 4 is organized by Sub-urban Video Lounge. It consists of a broad selection of contemporary word art in The Netherlands The curators of Words Live are Toine Horvers and Kathrin Wolkowicz. Information about the previous edition, Words Live 3, can be found here.


Invitation to performances in Amsterdam and London:
In state of [war] – world premiere
Bridge of Babel

You are cordially invited to the world premiere of In state of [war] (2013), the brand new text/music composition for twelve voices by Rozalie Hirs, tonight at 20:00 CET in Perdu, Amsterdam. And to the performance of her composition Bridge of Babel (2009) at the LCO Soloists Series, tonight 20:00 GMT at Lime Wharf, London.

The evening at Perdu is curated by visual artists Toine Horvers and Kathrin Wolkowicz, the evening of the LCO Solists is curated by composer-in-residence Edmund Finnis.

Toine Horvers: Wolk


An evening of concrete and visual poetry, and mail-art

Luc Fierens: Word is a House, 1984

On May 17, 2013, Rozalie Hirs presents a lecture on her own work featuring some samples as part of a program dedicated to concrete and visual poetry & mail-art at Perdu, Amsterdam. Other guests include Luc Fierens and Bas Fontein. The event is hosted by Wouter Beek.


A program dedicated to Friederike Mayröcker

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On June 15, 2012, at Poetry International, Rotterdam, Rozalie Hirs hosts the program Voetnoten: Een avond over het werk van Friederike Mayröcker with presentations and debates centered around Mayröcker’s most recent book, ich bin in der anstalt. fusznoten zu einem nichtgeschriebenen werk. Guest speakers are Ulrike Draesner, Inge Arteel and Lucas Hüsgen. Draesner and Hirs read a selection of the texts in German.


Dear world, fuck off, ik ga golfen – book launch

Frank Keizer: Dear world fuck off ik ga golfen (Stanza, 2012)

On June 7, 2012, Frank Keizer’s first poetry collection, Dear world, fuck off, ik ga golfen (Stanza, 2012) is launched. With performances by Frank Keizer, Maarten van der Graaff, Maartje Smits, Martijn den Ouden, and Rozalie Hirs, who each wrote new work in response to Keizer’s collection. The event is hosted by Matthijs Ponte.


A program dedicated to Gertrude Starink

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On June 1, 2012, Gertrude Starink’s De weg naar Egypte (het balanseer, 2012) is launched. As part of this tribute to Starink at Perdu, Amsterdam, the poets Anneke Brassinga, Inge Braeckman, Maud Vanhauwaert, and Rozalie Hirs read the integral work. The event is hosted by Samuel Vriezen, and the program is curated by Kris Latoir.


An evening about procedural poetry

Life stream - Ton van 't Hof

On April 1, 2011, Jaap BlonkBas GeertsTon van ‘t Hof, and Rozalie Hirs are guests at the event Procedurele Poëzie (Procedural Poetry) focusing on experimental procedures in contemporary poetry at Perdu, Amsterdam. The poets/artists/composers give a performance and a lecture about their work. Curator of the night is Wouter Beek. Follow this link for the slideshow by Wouter Beek.


De Lezer – the inverted poet interview

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On March 18, 2011, Rozalie Hirs is guest at the event ‘De Lezer – het omgekeerde dichtersgesprek’ at Perdu, Amsterdam. During this night, it is the poet who interviews his/her reader, rather than the other way round. The poets are Stefan Hertmans and Rozalie Hirs. Hirs’s reader is Laurens Ham. Curator of the night is Matthijs Ponte.


Bridge of Babel

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On March 18, 2011, at 20:30, Rozalie Hirs is performing her musical composition Bridge of Babel (2009) at Perdu, Amsterdam.


Herman Gorter Festival

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On November 28, 2009, at 20:15, Hugo Koolschijn and Rozalie Hirs read the entire of Liedjes, the poetry book by Herman Gorter, at Perdu, Amsterdam, to the accompaniment of a composition by Samuel Vriezen. One day before, on November 27, 2009, at 20:30, Joost Baars, Ernst van den Hemel, Marc Reugebrink and Johan Sonnenschein present lectures on the work of Gorter.


Het definitieve eindfeest, Perdu

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On June 26, 2009, poets, artists and writers David Sneek, Martin van der Galiën, Hilde Meeus, K. Michel, Matthijs Ponte, Geert Simonis, Hedde Zijstra, Miek Zwamborn, Rozalie Hirs and many others perform during ‘Het definitieve eindfeest’ (‘The definitive end of season party’) at Perdu, Amsterdam.


Hotel New Flandres – book launch

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On May 1, 2009, the Dutch book launch of Hotel New Flandres takes place at Perdu, Amsterdam. The anthology was edited by Dirk van Bastelaere, Erwin Jans and Patrick Peeters. Poets Miriam Van hee, Mark Insingel and Rozalie Hirs read poetry. In addition, there are lectures by Erik Lindner and Matthijs de Ridder, as well as a round table discussion with the editors.


Poets’ marathon

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On January 29, 2009, poets Mischa Andriessen, Erik Bindervoet, Pieter Boskma, Floor Busschenhenke, Daan Doesborgh, Hélène Gelèns, Piet Gerbrandy, Amarantha Groen, Elma van Haren, Krijn Peter Hesselink, Sylvia Hubers, Gert de Jager, Frank Keizer, Marc Kregting, Peter van Lier, Lamia Makaddam, Nanne Nauta, Martin Reints, Jeroen van Rooij, Toon Tellegen, Han van der Vegt, Nachoem Wijnberg, Rozalie Hirs and many others perform during the Dichtersmarathon (“Poets’ Marathon”) at Perdu, Amsterdam. The event is hosted by Joost Baars.


Poetry pieces I-III

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On June 27, 2008, Rozalie Hirs performs her musical composition on original poems, Poetry pieces I-III (2008), as part of Eindfeest (Seasons’ End Party) at Perdu, Amsterdam.


Aan de zon, de wereld
Poetry pieces I-II

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As part of the opening week of Amsterdam Wereldboekenstad (Amsterdam World Book City), on April 27, 2008, the poetry theatre Perdu organizes the Culturele Peepshow (Cultural Peepshow) on the Wallen (the Red Light District). As part of the festival, Rozalie Hirs performs her musical compositions Aan de zon, de wereld (2006) and Poetry pieces I-II (2008).


Program dedicated to Hadewijch

Hadewijch: poem (manuscript)

On October 26, 2007, a new edition of the series Dichters lezen dichters takes place at Perdu, Amsterdam. This time the subject is the work of the mediaeval poet Hadewijch. Her work Visioenen (Visions) is being read integrally by Hélène Gélens, Jan Kuijper, Liesbeth Lagemaat and Rozalie Hirs, with musical accompaniment by Arnold Marinissen.


Vlinders, gras

DWB (editor: Arnoud van Adrichem) Jaap en de bonenstaak, 2007 nr. 4

On September 28, 2007, at Perdu, Amsterdam, the new issue of the Belgian literary review DWB (vol. 152 no. 4, September 2007) is presented at Perdu, Amsterdam. The issue contains a special feature titled Jaap en de Bonenstaak (“Jack and the beanstalk”). The night is hosted by Arnoud van Adrichem and Elma van Haren. Astrid Lampe, Pol Hoste and Anneke Brassinga read texts. Miguel Declercq presents a graphic story. Musical compositions on original texts by Samuel Vriezen and Rozalie Hirs are performed by the Jackson Mac Low Band. Rozalie Hirs shows her concept of ‘betekenisritme’ (‘signifying rhythm’) using the typographic rhythms in her poem ‘Vlinders gras’, resulting in the composition Vlinders gras that is performed tonight. She wrote the poem at the request of Arnoud van Adrichem in reaction to the poem ‘Houd jij dit maar uit elkaar?’ by Lucas Hüsgen, part of the same DWB feature.


Poetry marathon

Perdu, entree

On January 25, 2007, Rozalie Hirs performs along with 29 other poets at the Gedichtenmarathon (Poetry marathon) at Stichting Perdu, Amsterdam. Each poet reads two original poems and one poem by a foreign poet. The event is curated by Tsead Bruinja.

Ard Posthuma, Curved Space, Logos, Doelenkwartet, De Doelen, Piet Gerbrandy, De Gids, Dichters in de Prinsentuin, Reinbert de Leeuw, Pulsars, article 5, Eleanor Livingstone, Jeroen Dera, Stanza Poetry Festival, David Kweksilber, Dutch Foundation for Literature, Tijd en Sintel, Van Doesburghuis, formalist quartet, Ronan Gil de Morais, Paris, ロザリー ヒルス, Greenroom Players, Carl De Strycker, Takao Hyakutome, Johan De Boose, Joël Bons, ein tag, Marijke Hoogenboom, Mikhail Malt, Niels Bogaards, Clarence Barlow, Richard Ayres, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Wim Henderickx, Nieuw Ensemble, Benjamin Thigpen, Marco Stroppa, Bert Van Herck, Rosalie Hirs, Bianca Sistermans, Ernestine Stoop, Lyrikline, Fixpoetry, Rozalie Hirsch, Rosalie Hirsch, ahora es una rosa, Cathy Van Eck, To the sun, Van Doesburg Rinsemahuis, Museum Drachten, Kars Persoon, Arbre généalogique, hochroth verlag, Hilbert's Hotel, Marc Reichow, Poëziecentrum, Edwin Fagel, Joep Stapel, Yauguru Books, Sonar Quartett, Jean Thorel, BCMG, WDR, Kulturkreis Heilbronn, Richard Baker, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Miranda Cuckson, Margot Dijkgraaf, 3 durch 3, James Fei, život mogućnosti, Olivier Messiaen, De Link, Attacca Productions, SPECTRA Ensemble, Filip Rathé, Huygens-Fokker, Henri Deluy, Etienne Siebens, Zaterdagmatinee, Nora Fischer, Boris Tellegen, Geert Jan Mulder, Jaap Blonk, Klangforum Wien, Kunstempel, 3durch3, Louis Andriessen, Keiko Shichijo, Emilio Pomarico, lightclouds, Jochem Valkenburg, Musikfabrik, Todd Moellenberg, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Katharina Rosenberger, UCSB, Gaudeamus, Laurens Ham, Philip Thomas, On Tenderness, Donderdagavondserie, Kaija Saariaho, philharmonie zuidnederland, Festival van Vlaanderen, Sound installation, Zephyrkwartet, Marieke Franssen, Stefan Asbury, Paul Craenen, Sound Forest, Ooteoote, Harm van den Dorpel, Performing Arts Fund, Lichtende Drift, Daniel Cunin, Johannes Fischer, Tristan Murail, Slagwerk Den Haag, Klankenbos, Bas Wiegers, Sixxen, Sacro Monte, Gérard Grisey, Bridge of Babel, Kim Andringa, In LA, Friedrich Block, Platonic ID, Infinity Stairs, dreams of airs, Venus, Nadir, article 8, Bert Palinckx, article 0, Book of Mirrors, Roseherte, article 6, Yvan Vander Sanden, Meditations, article 1 to 3, Maison Van Doesburg, Curvices and Musicles, article 4, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bozzini Quartet, OpenMusic, OMTristan, parallel sea [to the lighthouse], Bauwien van der Meer, Jorinde Keesmaat, Van Doesburg House, Ways of Space, Holland Festival, Remko Spaan, Luisterhuis, Interactive song cycle, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Daniela Seel, Cox & Grusenmeyer, Michaël Snitker, The listening house, article 7, parallel world and sea, Arnold Marinissen, parallel world [breathing], Joost Baars, kookbooks, Wiek Hijmans, Casper Schipper, Family Tree, gestammelte werke, November Music, Lucky Charm, Curvices, Fie Schouten, Teaching, Zenit, ASKO|Schönberg, gestamelde werken, Perdu, Geluksbrenger, verdere bijzonderheden, Donemus Publishing, Machiel Spaan, Uitgeverij Querido, Deuss Music