26-12-2014 | 11.52
Trouw is temporary and will close her doors forever on January 3rd. Trouw wouldn’t be the meeting place and breeding ground that it is today without the people working there day and night. This series puts various Trouw employees in the spotlight. From the light people, to the door host: all nodes of Trouw will see their place on the pedestal. Today: Xena - restaraunt employee at Trouw.
Xena was an enthusiastic visitor of 11 in the years that the club was open. When 11 closed and she heard about Trouw, she applied for a job straightaway. 'I helped with the test openings, before we actually opened. Since then I’ve worked mostly in the restaurant.' Now she’s graduated in philosophy and is working as a freelance filmmaker; the need for a part-time job has slowly evaporated. 'I can still remember those evenings in the early days. Michael Mayer and Superpitcher for the first time. The evening with Flying Lotus and The Gaslamp Killer. We ran around Trouw like naughty kids in our very own playground. Or New Year’s Day, when Olaf Boswijk played Teardrops by Womack & Womack and we closed up the bar, running around like mad things, jumping on the sofas. After much protest, Olaf made an exception to the rule and played the track just one more time for us. That was epic.'
Nowadays, Xena is mainly focused on her work as a filmmaker. 'In January of this year, I bought a camera and started making films for friends. Right now I am lucky to say that I am really busy with making all sort of films, but in the future I hope to move towards more documentairy style films. For Trouw I helped making the bowling film of Seth Troxler, where he did his very best Big Lebowski imitation and I made the promotional films for the pizza club starring Jevin de Groot. I was also very proud to be part of the crew of the Trouw closing movie.'
Text: Dennis de Vogt
Photography: Ramona Deckers