Words and thought about The Roof from different perspectives:

“Op Jij Maakt het Mee zien we vrij zelden zo’n conceptueel experiment als The Roof. Ook het betrekken van deze doelgroepen in het maakproces, de zorgvuldigheid in de samenwerking, de breedte van de thematiek en het rondreizende aspect dragen bij aan de uniciteit van dit project. Ik vind het bijeen brengen van jonge kinderen en daklozen een spannende excercitie, maar heb voldoende vertrouwen in de kwaliteit van de inhoud, door de intergenerationele inbreng en de borging vanuit zowel een culturele als wetenschappelijke partijen. Complimenten voor jullie inventiviteit en de manier waarop jullie aan het project gebouwd hebben de afgelopen weken. Jullie kiezen duidelijk niet de weg van de minste weerstand, maar dat maakt dat ik zeer nieuwsgierig ben naar het vervolg. Veel success!”

/Lidian Fleers - employee of the Fund Cultuurparticipatie/

“What impressed me the most in the real experience of holding the roof, was the incredible collaboration between the people in holding it for the 6 hours. This is in my view, an important and universal given possibility. I admire the quality of the MOHA works, in bringing through their projects people together to act, dance and think. Art projects related to social issues are in many cases too explanatory. In the case of MOHA projects, I experience first the action then the thinking about community or social things.”

/Rose Akras – artist and researcher, artistic director of FLAM festival/

“At the beginning you are thinking why is the symbol of the roof an interesting theme to unfold but also by the end of it they collected cultural, personal, experiential responses from certain group of people on a certain topic which is adding personal stories and personal views, communicated needs and desires to the already existing knowledge out there, either scientific or more intuitional like art.”

/Janka Kormos – field researcher on socially engaged collaborative art/

“The roof is a small dot somewhere in the street. A dot, that redirects your gaze, shifting from the so-called objective and material reality towards the, always felt but not deeply explored subjective perspective of each passerby.”

“The Roof can string up in a ludic space within the established ideas of a personal place.”

“The Roof addresses a core of theatre: the encounter.” “The Roof attempts to reinvent art.”

/Students from the MA in Dance, Theatre and Dramaturgy at Utrecht University/

“It was amazing. So simply idea: we have taken a piece of long white fabric, lift it up over our heads and we held it for several hours. We were four persons. And there then became a miracle. We invited others to join us. They were doing it very willingly. They were opening themselves, started to talk, smiled, became wonder of each other. “

/Kris – participant from Makom shelter/

“Each iteration of The Roof posed some degrees of discomfort or questions in me. Can we allow ourselves fantasizing about roofs without addressing the weight of precarious situations that load our time? Where is the discussion about precarity? Might it be that in order to welcome us, some of the experts here embrace naivety (big promises are thrown out in the space, finding friends, commitment – how not to fear the reverse side that might be darker than it seems?) Can one participate in other ways than in following the anticipated and written flow? What would be less obvious forms of involvement and contribution that might yet be very impactful? How far can deep expertise be expressed? These questions were for me to take-away. And yet, each iteration of the event provoked this strong positive impression I cannot name: the appreciation of the ‘delicious’ awkwardness while meeting strangers, the time and energy spend together between the walls of theatre.”

/Emilie Gallier - artist and researcher, PHD candidate at C0-Dare, Coventry University with the research on audience implication./

“The concept of The Roof put the people in a situation of sharing and communicating with each other. Specially because they have their hands really busy. The fact that we are today over connected separate us even more. So even and experiment like The Roof can be a great way of just bringing people together and working for each other. I am still thinking about it.

/Maria Ines Villasmil – artist and researcher, freelance teacher and choreographer/