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Claudine Pantophlet

Claudine performed in the Babel productions Ont-heemd, Het gedroomde café, Piazza della vita and a performance about the participation declaration sessions.  


What’s your name?
Claudine Rita Pantophlet


Where were you born?


What’s your profession?

I’m a student at the Stenden university. I am graduating in SPH.


What do you like most about your profession?

I am looking forward to making theatre about the shadow side of society, with people that find themselves in the middle of our society and know about the dark sides.


What’s your hobby?
I love to cook for friends and to be together until late, but I also get happy when it’s dark in the evening and I light the candles to read a good book in my bed, knowing that I have a day off tomorrow.


What characteristic do you value in a person?
People should be honest and look beyond their own interests. 


Who do you admire?
Tracy Chapman 


What’s your most prominent characteristic?
I am pretty unrestrained.


What do you want to tell the world?
Make sure you enjoy.


What do you want to learn?

I would love to learn how to write, to write a novel. I want to learn how to garden, and make my own herbal medicines. If I learn these things, I will be sure to have a perfect future. I will become a writer who can take care of her own food, and I won’t have to depend on the pharmaceutical industry. That to me is a perfect and romantic image. But I will have to keep making theatre, that’s very important for my mind.


What do you like about your appearance?
The colour of my skin.


For what can we wake you up at night?

A nightly walk on the beach, and then preferably in autumn when it storms.


What’s your most precious possession?
My body.


What’s your nicest memory?

The moment I arrived with my father, mother and little brother at the airport of Sint Maarten. My whole family was waiting for us. They were in tears, were screaming and shouting because they finally saw my father again and his girlfriend and their niece and nephew for the first time. I was eight and didn’t know people could be so very warm.


What’s your saddest memory?

When I saw my father crying against the refrigerator’s door, right after my mother had decided to leave him.


When were you most happy?

When I was younger, I used to play outside with children from the neighborhood all the time. But when it was too cold, we were allowed to play hide and seek in my parents’ house. On those moments I was very happy.


When was the last time you cried?

Last Saturday in the train. At the station in Amsterdam I saw a homeless young man pass out. I think because of drugs. It was horrible. On a moment like that I think life is very tough. I am a very emotional person. Once in the train, I couldn’t hold myself together anymore.


Who would you like to have dinner with?
Barack Obama. But as good friends, because I would love to chat with him.