Spoken Word Performance: Suehaylee

A spoken word performance about sloth (laziness)

Within Opera Forward, besides opera, the meeting of opera with other art forms is central. Therefore, in line with the opera The Seven Deadly Sins, seven spoken word artists were asked to each create a performance about one of the seven deadly sins. You can hear the result during OFF Night #1 on 18 March. Suehaylee has created a performance about the deadly sin sloth (laziness).

Suehaylee is a spoken word artist and also a social cultural worker. In 2018, she became part of the Poetry Circle, a national platform for writing performers. Here she learned to embrace her vulnerability and express her love for words and rhythm. Soon she was performing on various stages throughout the country and spoke, among other things, at the opening of the World Press Photo exhibition and in the Literature Museum at the presentation of the new Diversity and Inclusion Code.

Suehaylee about the deadly sin sloth (laziness)
“It is in silence that we hear, for our heart whispers. Less than six months ago, I would have told you that I was a lazy person, that I needed to work harder, that I needed to occupy myself less with things that did not help me. I had no time to lose.

Until I came to a point in my life where I was forced to stand still, do nothing, just be. And what I have been able to find in this period of rest cannot be described in words. I amslowly learning to listen to myself again, to my body, to the music, to the people around me.

For a long time, I was only concerned with what had to be done and achieved. That had a paralysing effect.

Now Laziness is a signal for me that it is time again to listen to the silence. To return to the moment, to enjoy the little things. And what do I learn? The more I do that, the easier I move forward.”

Photo: Milagro Elstak

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