Birds of a Kind
When the German-Jewish Eitan and the American-Arab Wahida happen to meet in the library of New York, they fall in love instantly. But is their relationship likely to succeed against the backdrop of the decades-long Israeli-Arab conflict? Or are they a contemporary version of the “star crossed lovers” that Romeo and Juliet were to Shakespeare?
Run time tba
Surtitles Thu April 13, 20
Public rehearsal Tue April 4
In Gesprek Fri April 7, 14 and 21
Opening night Sat April 8
Birds of a Kind
A distinct theme in the work of the Lebanese-Canadian writer Wajdi Mouawad is that great history and individual lives are inextricably linked. He shows how people from diametrically opposed cultures nevertheless try to live together. That is also the case in Vogels (Birds of a Kind).
Eitan's family carries the memory of the Holocaust with them. For his father, the Arab world is out for the total destruction of Israel. Therefore, he cannot live with his son's choice of an Arab woman. Things are turned upside down when Eitan is seriously injured in a bomb attack by a suicide bomber in Israel.
The work of Wajdi Mouawad was put firmly on the map in the Netherlands by Alize Zandwijk. She directed his Bossen, Kust en Branden, which became a theatre hit. With the recent Birds of a Kind she adds a fourth title.
Alize Zandwijk about Birds of a Kind
'About a meeting that is destined: a Jewish boy and an Arab girl meet in a library. A beautiful love story. But the Jewish father cannot accept his son's choice.
About the boy's quest for his father's roots, the roots of his family. Which causes a lot of confusion. Because nothing is what it is. About the roots of the girl who has found her homeland again. Because she did everything she could to exorcise it.
About enmity and about identity. About the birds that can fly back and forth over the Israeli-Palestinian wall. A breathless search for who you are. And that we should be able to live like the birds.'
After the performance, come and think, listen and chat at In Gesprek. We invite a guest to further explore the themes of Vogels and to exchange experiences. If you have any questions, this is the perfect time to ask them. In Gesprek is free of charge and starts shortly after the performance in one of our foyers, is conducted in Dutch and lasts about half an hour.
directed by Alize Zandwijk
written by Wajdi Mouawad
translation Tom Kleijn
scenography Thomas Rupert
costume design Sophie Klenk Wulff
private producer Mies en Jaap Kamp
lighting design Mark van Denesse
music/sound design Maartje Teussink
assistant director Daniël 't Hoen
casting advice Hans Kemna