Ivo van Hove's masterpiece in the Amsterdamse Bostheater
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In the summer of 2022, the ITA ensemble will perform a major production in the open air for the first time in its history. Under the green canopy of the Amsterdamse Bostheater, we will perform the Dutch version of Les Damnés. Ivo van Hove previously directed this play with France’s most famous company, the Comédie-Française.
Les Damnés had its world premiere in 2016 as the opening performance of the Festival d’Avignon in the majestic setting of the Cour d’Honneur in the former Pope’s castle. In this theatre adaptation of a film script by Italian cinematographer Luchino Visconti, we see a family of rich German industrialists become fatally corrupted through their collaboration with the Nazi party that has come to power.
Les Damnés was received with raving superlatives and after it had finished in Paris, continued on to play in London, Antwerp, and New York. The Guardian called it an “eerily prophetic masterstroke”. The New York Times spoke of “a rich and merciless production”.
IVO VAN HOVE ON THE DAMNED
‘It tells the story of the venomous alliance between politicians at the highest level and a family running the allmighty steel industry. Visconti situates his story at a pivotal moment in our European history: the rise of fascism in Germany. I think we should look very closely at these mechanisms, because they could be relevant for how we deal with major issues these days. In big, lavish scenes, The Damned gives us a look into the abyss of what humans are capable of and how easy this family solidifies with an extreme right wing regime just for financial gain. The Damned shows the rise and fall of an influential greedy family and an immoral political system. Or is it most of all a story that makes us think about the world we live in today?’
Ticket information for English speaking visitors
English surtitles are available for the performances from the 21st of June onwards.
Tickets are available in our online shop. If you want to buy your ticket(s), click on the button below. You’ll be directed to the Dutch event page. Click on the pink button ‘koop tickets‘ and choose your preferred date. Please make sure to choose the “admission ticket with English surtitles“. This way we will know that we have to escort you to a seat where you can read the surtitles well.
Please note that tickets for theater performances can be changed to a different play date up to 7 days before the performance, provided there are seats available. If you want to make use of this, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mention in this mail the order number and the new date.
direction Ivo van Hove
by Luchino Visconti, Nicola Badalucco and Enrico Medioli
translation Janine Brogt
dramaturgy Bart Van den Eynde
scenography and lighting Jan Versweyveld
costumes An D’Huys
music and sounddesign Eric Sleichim
video Tal Yarden
assistant director Olivier Diepenhorst
co-producer Comedie Française, Bl!ndman
with Majd Mardo, Marieke Heebink, Steven Van Watermeulen, Hans Kesting, Aus Greidanus jr., Hugo Koolschijn, Janni Goslinga, Ilke Paddenburg, Bart Slegers, Maria Kraakman, Chris Nietvelt, Bart Bijnens, Casper Nusselder, Dalorim Wartes, Daniël Kolf, Josua Albano, Kuan Jung The, Rob Das, Thor Louwerens, Yassine El OUardi
Musicians: Hendrik Pellens, Piet Rebel, Pieter Pellens, Sebastiaan Cooman
Child acties: Ella van der Vaart, Jolie Winterkamp, Kate Muda, Madelief Gomes, Pitou Gomes, Nanouk Oerlemans, Rosa Baars, Samae Manuputy, Sofie Menting