The first performance of Port Cities in New York City.

USA: Port Cities kicks off in NYC

The first episode of Port Cities, a performance project linking five cities along trade routes of the Dutch in the 17th century, took place from 5 to 18 May.

This kick-off of this global multimedia performance art project was a big success, with great press coverage and interesting talk-back sessions for a more in-depth understanding of the Dutch colonial history in New York.

Port Cities is a global performance art project with live music, linking five cities along the trade routes of the Dutch in the17th century by exploring their different connections to these routes: from Perth to Cape Town and from Amsterdam and New York to Jakarta.

The performance was created by Talya Chalef and a team of local and international artists. It combines local myths, legends and folklore, exploring them against the backdrop of contemporary issues.

The Port Cities performance in New York was the first episode of this global odyssey.