Dries Verhoeven - Broeders verheft u ter vrijheid
'Broeders verheft u ter vrijheid’ is a living installation that presents the workplace of the future: a requiem for the working man. While pre-programmed robotic arms and pallet trucks do their work on stage for eight hours, the performers operate as stowaways. For the production, Verhoeven worked with people from Bulgaria who have experience as migrant workers. It was preceded by an extensive casting in Bulgaria; a process that was filmed together with other preparations. The documentary 'The Recruitment' and the living quarters are located in West, the building of the former American Embassy.
While many people sat at home for the past year, that was not the case for migrant workers. They worked overtime in parcel services, distribution centers, slaughterhouses and greenhouses. For ‘Broeders verheft u ter vrijheid’, Verhoeven sought the cooperation of people who have experience as migrant workers. For this, he did put himself in the role of a Dutch entrepreneur and asked why employers are so keen on people from countries such as Poland and Bulgaria. And what does automation mean for the way we work, now and in the future? Verhoeven selected ten performers and discussed their work ethic and experiences.