Hoog Catharijne, Utrecht
Everyman, a collaboration of Aziz Bekkaoui with artist Berend Strik.
Berend Strik and Aziz Bekkaoui worked together on Everyman for several weeks in an open studio – called the Working-Shop – in a vacant store at the Hoog Catharijne mall. During non-binding visit, brainstorming sessions, lectures, performances, exhibitions and workshops in which the public were invited to think about “the people of the future” together with the artists. Using themes such as transport, shopping, food and housing, Strik, Bekkaoui and the visitors explored how we can all account for the earth we live on and the future challenges of overpopulation, migration flows, climate change and scarcity. The end result and studies were incorporated into the opera”Every(wo)man” with soprano Nora Fischer, actrice Cheryl Moenen and musicians. Therefor the Working-Shop converted into a theater hall.