otion by OTION

In deze performance voor sonsbeek mixt OTION hiphop, storytelling, spiritualiteit en soul. In zijn huis in Amsterdam creëerde hij dit persoonlijke, muzikale verhaal van verweven koloniale geschiedenissen en generaties die nog steeds aanwezig zijn en de toekomst beïnvloeden, op zoek naar persoonlijke erkenning.

“Sranan Tongo, the language of my ancestors, it says: when I’m not around anymore, you shall call upon my name. Call upon my energy, my spirit, and I will be underneath your feet. I am the shoulders that you are standing on, that are standing on the shoulders of the ones that came before, that are standing on the shoulders of the ones that came before.”

OTION (Guillermo Blinker) is an MC, singer/songwriter, poet and dancer based in Amsterdam. Inspired by hip hop culture, neo soul music and his Afro-Surinamese roots he finds himself standing in the middle of the ancestral and the futuristic, as he aims to create magic in the moment. His performances organically blend dance, live music, sung and spoken word with a strong emphasis on storytelling. His recent works address spirituality and black identity through ritualistic performances that combine elements of hip hop culture, religious symbolism and indigenous ritual practices. So far this year he collaborated with NYC based collective “The Ummah Chroma” for the International Film Festival Rotterdam on the show Spirit Strategies on Raising Free Black Children and premiered his solo work “ICARO”. OTION is also working towards the completion of his first EP which will be released late 2020.

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