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The Damned

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. Please be advised that the surtitles are not readable everywhere on our grandstand. As we don’t work with numbered seats, we will therefore reserve a spot for those who’ve bought an admission ticket with English surtitles. We ask you to please be on time, at it’s latest 30 minutes before the show. After that, the reserved seats will be released.

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.

 

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