LET OP! Dit programma vindt plaats in Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (Stadsschouwburg) op het Leidseplein.

Hij was 10 jaar lang de machtigste man van Europa: de voormalig Portugees premier en voorzitter van de Europese Commissie José Manuel Barroso. Zijn politieke carrière begon als leider van een maoïstische studentenbeweging, en nu werkt hij voor Goldman Sachs. Aan de hand van theaterscenes en speeches uit de Europese geschiedenis gaat Yoeri Albrecht met Barroso in gesprek over Europa, ideologie en macht.

*** This programme is in English *** 

For ten years, he was the most powerful man in Europe: the former Prime Minister of Portugal and President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso. Surprisingly, he started his political career as leader of a Maoist student movement. In 2016, he caused outrage when he started working as non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs.

Using theater scenes and speeches from European history, Yoeri Albrecht will speak with Barroso about Europe, ideology, and power. What is left of the ideals he had during his youth in the 1960s and 1970s? How does he look back at important political decisions in his life? Does he understand why many citizens do not feel represented by European decision-makers? We offer some insight into the ideas and ideals of one of the most powerful men in the world.

De Balie curates this programme in the run-up to Forum on European Culture, 4-7 June 2020 in Amsterdam. Ticket sales for the FOEC festival starts soon!

Sign of the Times

In the event series Sign of the Times, De Balie and International Theater Amsterdam explore the social themes of today through theater and debate. We start a conversation, bring groups of people together and create space for multiple perspectives, even (or especially) when opinions differ. In this season of the series, the focus is on power dynamics in Europe as we speak with winners and losers of globalization. After this event with Barroso, the exciting young writer Édouard Louis will be the next guest on May 11th.

In previous editions, Femke Halsema and Thierry Baudet debating about identity, we spoke about the anger of the Catalans with Carles Puigdemont, and Kabel Daoud contributed to a discussion on colonial identity.