In Coriolanus, Shakespeare describes the workings of politics in a razor-sharp manner: how power groups operate, and rhetoric works. He also exposes the fickleness of public opinion: we see how the people loathe Coriolanus, then applaud her, only to ban her a few scenes later. Above all, Coriolanus shows what happens in a society when reason and common interest are no longer leading, but emotion and opportunism dominate.
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When General Coriolanus returns victorious from the war, the people cheer for her. And that even though they hated her before the war. Supported by powerful friends, Coriolanus is running for the highest political office. Nothing seems to stand in the way of her appointment, but then her political enemies stir up the people. -|-When the citizens angrily storm the Capitol, Coriolanus has to flee. In revenge she joins the defeated enemy: she will destroy the city she so often risked her life for. Yela de Koning (The Nether, Trojan Wars) plays the title role in this ultramodern Shakespeare with a high heart rate and striking punches.
Nina Spijkers on Coriolanus
“With every sentence I read, I thought: we have to perform this, this is NOW! It is the farmers who went to the Binnenhof in their tractors and the stormers of the Capitol, but also the citizens in Groningen.”
Text: William Shakespeare
Concept and direction: Nina Spijkers
Final direction due to pregnancy: Liesbeth Coltof
Cast: Mariana Aparicio, Bitha Babazadeh, Mika Bisschop, Emma Buysse, Bram Coopmans, Bram Flick, Fjodor Jozefzoon, Yela de Koning, Rick Paul van Mulligen, Sander Plukaard, Betty Schuurman, Joris Smit
-|-translation Tom Kleijn
stage design Studio Dennis Vanderbroeck met dank aan Janne Sterke
dramaturgy Remco van Rijn
costume design Lotte Goos
music Jan van Eerd
lighting design Tim van ’t Hof
assistant director Emilie Pos
fight choreographer Jeroen Lopes Cardozo
Do we really dare to question our prejudices? Or have we become too politically correct? How do we move forward without losing each other?