REAL YET SURREAL | a review of our recent ‘Burning Blood’ performance | by Kiran Aswani


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Kiran Aswani

Am very happy to hereby introduce one of the recently adjoined members of our Get in Touch family: Kiran Aswani.

Her professional background is an extraordinary mix of as well finances as psychology. Her interests are wide, her skills are pluriform, her energy (also mum of 2 primary school kids) is great.

Within GiT she is actively involved in all sorts of supportive activities, right from the start. And also outside GiT, Kiran is collaborating with Indigo-Wereld, in various ways.

Her cultural interest made her curious about my recent poetry program ‘Burning Blood’. A poetry & music performance with my dear regular musicians Erik Deckert (didgeridoo) and Arash Mahdavian (tar & setar). Together, we are already for around 5 years the ‘Burning Blood Ensemble’.

For this particular performance though, I had also invited some other artists and production supporters, who crossed my path. Altogether, we shaped it into a mixed media show, co-created and performed in close and warm collaboration as a joint venture: now turned into our ‘Burning Blood Collective’, led by me. The premiere took place in the beautiful and well-equipped auditorium of The Student Hotel, and I am very pleased, that Kiran has been watching us!

Even more, am very thrilled, that she took the initiative to write this article about the show and how she perceived and experienced it. Thanks a lot, Kiran!



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The Burning Blood collective presented an emotional treat with a unique combination of music and visuals centered on spoken word.

As titled aptly, it was truly a show about lost longings, wounded desires and reflections on roots and reality. Carola was raw in her emotions and thoughts yet intricate in the feelings and thoughts she presented. The musicians on setar, guitar and didgeridoo only helped extend those emotions and thoughts she was conveying to the audience. The performance and artwork showcased in the background on a projector interweaved itself beautifully into the sounds of the instruments and spoken word.

It was juxtaposition to a Sunday afternoon, transporting one away on a different vibration!

A few lines from the beginning of the presentation:

lying down, she is, in silence

full of thoughts

gently her arms next to her body 

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How We Play: Around the World | Susan Lambriks | International Spouses Program TU/e Sports Center


Susan Lambriks

Very proud to introduce our Get in Touch Network Partner Susan Lambriks. Susan is initiator of the International Spouses Program (ISP) of the TU/e Student Sports Center. This fabulous and amazing spouses program started some weeks ago, and many of our Get in Touch spouses are participating in this program with great enthusiasm and joy!

Now Susan has started a new serial in our GiT Blog for which she has asked international spouses to share their childhood memories of playing ‘back home’. ‘Sporting together’ activates in her eyes the same spirits as ‘playing together’ has done long ago. And I think she is very right. Thx Susan! 


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I find myself contemplating the idea of love. Far from the Greek myths and tragic tales of Cupid and the fickle specter of romantic love, I believe that love can be, and should be, thought of as an inclusive action instead of as an exclusive club.

We can express our love for each other in so many ways: simple kindnesses directed at strangers, finding forgiveness for an enemy, treating our partners with the respect that we usually reserve for our guests, showing compassion for animals, and putting aside daily frustrations with our children to spend quality time together.

A special category of love is that which we feel for our friends. Bonding over shared interests, exchanging feelings and having fun together are ways that we can express gratitude for one another. In other words, by reaching out to each other in a genuine way, we thank our friend for being a part of our life.

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Looking back on GiT | Irem Bezcioglu


Irem Bezcioglu

Am very happy to present this article with thoughts, experiences and feedback of one of our first Get in Touch spouses: Irem Bezcioglu.

She kindly replied to our questionnaire which we’ve been sending around to our GiT spouses who have attended the GiT Program for some time, and then had to quit because of a good cause: a study, moving town, a job, getting pregnant, or any other understandable reason.

We were curious to know their ideas and recommendations, and their views on the impact of the GiT Progam on their lives.

Thanks a lot Irem, for your willingness and openness and for your postive comments.

We’ve been very happy to have had you with us, with your active and inspiring involvement throughout the years (and still .. now as a GiT partner). One of Irem’s many GiT initiatives has been the start of this Get in Touch Blog, for which we’re very grateful to her (and also to Yolima & Iro, the other initiators).

Introduction Irem

My name is Irem Bezcioğlu Göktolga, 29 years old, from Turkey.

Currently I am a PhD student in Culture Studies in Tilburg University.

What do you think of the Get in Touch Program?

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