In the name of our ancestors who have survived indentured labor and colonialism, and those who revolted against exploitation, oppression and dehumanization.

Through this ritual, dancers Fazle Shairmahomed and Devika Chotoe follow the footsteps of their ancestors in the fight for decolonization. Guided by the beats and sounds of ‘..Formerly known as..’ they set off on a journey towards the past to create healing for the future. The mechanisms and effects from the colonial past can still be felt, and through this ritual they create a joint moment to bring about healing and call for recognition of a shared history.

Devika Chotoe (Photo by Alex Avgud)

Anushthan is a decolonizing performance-ritual by Fazle Shaimahomed and Farah Rahman. Performed by Fazle Shaimahomed and Devika Chotoe, with live music by ‘..Formerly known as..’ a.k.a. An3. Stage and costume design by Ludmila Rodrigues.
Premiered on October 6th, 2019 at Theater De Vaillant, Den Haag. With support from Fonds voor Podiumkunsten. Also presented at Korzo Theater, The Hague, Feb 16th, 2020.

Anushthan, Fazle Shairmahomed and Devika Chotoe

Creative team: Fazle Shairmahomed, Farah Rahman, Devika Chotoe, ‘..Formerly known as..’ a.k.a. An3, Ludmila Rodrigues, Fred Janssen

Artistic advisers: Junadry Leocaria, Valentina Lacmanovic, Stephanie Pan, Yun Lee, Ria Higker, Damani Leidsman, Deborah Cameron

Music composed and performed by ‘..Formerly known as..’ a.k.a. An3

Anushthan was made possible thanks to: Theater De Vaillant, CultuurSchakel, Cultuurfonds, Fonds 1818, Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie, VSBfonds and Gemeente Den Haag. Read more on