From Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer to Zwangere Guy: young people chose their favourite poems for 'Bewogen Verzen'

From Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer to Zwangere Guy: young people chose their favourite poems for 'Bewogen Verzen'

On 4 March the jury of the video poetry project 'Bewogen Verzen' met to make a selection from the 69 poems submitted by Flemish and Dutch youngsters. The jury selected thirty poems, from which ten young video artists will each choose a poem to portray.

Our Erfdeel vzw and Poëziecentrum want to make young people from the Low Countries enthusiastic about contemporary Dutch poetry with the video poem project 'Bewogen Verzen'. They called on young poetry fans from the Low Countries to submit their favourite Dutch poems that they think deserve to be portrayed. They had to be contemporary poems, published after 2000.

Eventually 69 poems were submitted. A Flemish-Dutch jury selected thirty poems from this list that demonstrate the richness and diversity of the literary genre in our language region.

The jury consisted of Kila van der Starre (literary scholar at Utrecht University, poetry critic and poet), Maxime Garcia Diaz (brand new winner of the NK Poetry Slam), Joris Pinseel (co-founder of the literary production house Humus vzw that coordinates Stemschot, TELETXT and Mensen Zeggen Dingen Belgium) and Stefaan Goossens (chief documentalist at Poëziecentrum in Ghent).

Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer

The jury was pleasantly surprised by the variety of texts submitted. Not only contemporary classics such as Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Luuk Gruwez and Leonard Nolens were included in the selection, but also young debutants such as Dominique De Groen, Lotte Dodion and Arno van Vlierberghe.

The jury also praised the diversity of forms of the poems submitted. Besides classical poetry forms, stage lyrics were also submitted and even a number of Dutch rap songs, including by Zwangere Guy.

Zwangere Guy

Young videographers

It is now up to young video makers from Flanders and the Netherlands to choose one poem from the selection that they can work out into images. 24 young people applied after an open call. Saturday 9 March, a Flemish-Dutch jury of video professionals will meet to select which young people are eligible on the basis of their portfolio.

Those selected will receive a budget of €1,000 to visually interpret the verses in three languages in all artistic freedom. The result can be a film montage, but also an animation, a motion graphic, a stop motion or a mix. They will be accompanied by motion designer Klaas Verpoest during three workshops

The video poems will be premiered in the autumn of 2019 during two show moments, one in Flanders and one in the Netherlands.

The project 'Bewogen Verzen' is possible thanks to the support of the Dutch Foundation for Literature.

More info about 'Bewogen Verzen': www.onserfdeel.be/bewogenverzen.

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