age of rage

age of rage
08 Dec '21 to 23 Dec '21
ITA-ensemble / Holland Festival / Bl!ndman / La Villette / Ivo van Hove
from € 29,50

In Age of Rage, Ivo van Hove tells a primordial story of how revenge haunts and wrecks successive generations. This performance is in line with earlier large-scale social productions such as Roman tragedies and Kings of war. This time the history of the Trojan War and the royal Atrid family is the starting point. Ifigeneia in Aulis, Trojan Women, Hekabe, Agamemnon, Elektra and Orestes are edited into one story. Age of Rage shows the mechanisms, inevitability and hopelessness of a circle of violence.

Starting time 7 p.m.
Venue Rabozaal
Duration tbd
Language Dutch with English surtitles on Thursdays

Ivo van Hove © Jan Versweyveld

Ivo van Hove on Age of Rage

'It is the story of years of war and how its consequences as an ineradicable cancer have a profound and long-lasting effect on families and society. But also a story about violence today and about radicalization. We see how, faced with major problems, leaders turn to murder and revenge rather than deliberation. A royal family that runs the country but never comes to a vision or approach for a better future. A dark, grand and universal story.'


Language NP Language no problem Achraf Koutet Achraf Koutet
Language NP Language no problem Aus Greidanus jr. Aus Greidanus jr.
Language NP Language no problem Chris Nietvelt Chris Nietvelt
Language NP Language no problem Gijs Scholten van Aschat Gijs Scholten van Aschat
Language NP Language no problem Hans Kesting Hans Kesting
Language NP Language no problem Hélène Devos Hélène Devos
Language NP Language no problem Ilke Paddenburg Ilke Paddenburg
Language NP Language no problem Janni Goslinga Janni Goslinga
Language NP Language no problem Jesse Mensah Jesse Mensah
Language NP Language no problem Maarten Heijmans Maarten Heijmans
Language NP Language no problem Majd Mardo Majd Mardo
Language NP Language no problem Maria Kraakman Maria Kraakman
Language NP Language no problem Selin Akkulak Selin Akkulak

In the press

"Terrifyingly beautiful dance and music make Age of Rage more than just a bloodthirsty spectacle. - Trouw ★★★★

"A rare physical and passionate performance." - De Groene Amsterdammer

"The physical commitment of the actors, who play, play music, sing and dance in the mud is awe-inspiring." - De Volkskrant ★★★

-|-"Dark master marathon" - AD ★★★★

"Hans Kesting as Agamemnon and Chris Nietvelt as his wife Klytaimestra are breathtaking. But also Gijs Scholten as Menelaus, Maria Kraakman as Kassandra and Ilke Paddenurg as Ifigeneia, act at the top of their game."- Scenes ★★★★

Ivo van Hove © Jan Versweyveld
Ivo van Hove
Ivo van Hove

Ivo van Hove has been director of Internationaal Theater Amsterdam since 2001.

In season 21|22, he will be directing Battles and metamorphoses of a woman (Edouard Louis) and The damned (after Medioli, Visconti, Badalucco) at ITA and his directing of Age of rage, A little life, Death in Venice, Who killed my father and The diary of the one who disappeared will be reprised.

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after Euripides and Aischylos
direction Ivo van Hove
translation Gerard Koolschijn
adaptation Koen Tachelet, Ivo van Hove
dramaturgy Koen Tachelet
choreography Wim Vandekeybus
scenography and light Jan Versweyveld
kostuums An D’Huys
compositie Eric Sleichim

cast Achraf Koutet, Aus Greidanus jr., Chris Nietvelt, Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Hans Kesting, Hélène Devos, Ilke Paddenburg, Janni Goslinga, Jesse Mensah, Maarten Heijmans, Majd Mardo, Maria Kraakman, and Selin Akkulak
dancers Bai Li Wiegmans, Katharina Ludwig and Emma Hanekroot
music performed by BL!NDMAN [drums] Hannes Nieuwlaet, Yves Goemaere, Ward Deketelaere

assistant director Daniël 't Hoen, Rosemintje Verpaalen – Weijts, Konstantinos Vasilakopoulos (intern), Lisaboa Houbrechts (intern)
assistant dramaturgy Simone van der Steen (intern)
assistant scenography Bart Van Merode, Django Walon, Renée Faveere (intern)
assistant video Coen Bouman, Arjen Klerkx
assistant music George Dhauw
assistant choreography Laura Aris Álvarez, Rob Hayden
assistant costumes Rosa Schützendorf
head of technical department Reyer Meeter
production leader Inge Zeilinga,Michiel van Schijndel
head of artistic bureau Ulrike Bürger Bruijs
assistant production Eva Sol
technical producer Joost Verlinden
technical staff Sebastiaan Kruijs (first stage manager), Kevin Cuyvers, Paul van der Zouwe, Pepijn van Beek, Emile Bleeker, Erwin Sterk, Timo Merkies, Dennis van Scheppingen, Ruud de Vos, Danne Hekman, Mark Thewessen, Manon van den Nouland, Zinzi Kemper, Tim Vleugel, Sander van Elteren and Wim Wildenbeest (intern)
costume department Wim van Vliet (head),Farida Bouhbouh, Renske Kraakman
hair & make-up David Verswijveren, Mirjam Venema
tailor Claudia Pellegrini, Karianne Hoenderderkamp
singing coach Mirjam van Dam
set construction Fiction Factory
photography Fabian Calis
graphic design Sara Fortuin
catering Ingrid Mulder and Esther Doesburg
publicity Iris Istha
with thanks to Bart van den Eynde, Marije de Bruin, Wouter van der Hoeven, Marcel van Lent ‘fine shoe repair’, and huisartsenpraktijk Rivierenbuurt

coproducer Holland Festival; Bl!ndman; La Villette, Paris
private producer Helga Lasschuijt and Dirk Raes, Gabriella de Rooij and Hendrik Jan ten Have, Marius de Vos and Gary Carter, Anna Wouters and Esther Kwaks
with support from Ammodo
realised with the support of the Johannes Vermeer Award


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