De andere stem

ITA–Ensemble / Ivo van Hove

De andere stem

ITA–Ensemble / Ivo van Hove


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Since 2009, ITA performs The human voice (La voix humaine), a monologue by Jean Cocteau from 1928. The woman who speaks is on the telephone with her ex. What he says, we do not hear. We can try to deduce it from the reactions of the woman, but we do not know for certain. Ramsey Nasr knew the text, he saw the performance and wondered: but what is the man saying? Who is it on the other side of the line? He writes the answer and performs it, directed by Ivo van Hove.

duration 1 hour and 25 min
premiere 12 Apr 2016
Dutch spoken

About the play

While Cocteau’s theatre monologue tells the tragic story of one woman, this new text The other voice (De andere stem) emphasizes the inextricable union of a two people who desperately try to detach themselves from each other and do not succeed.

Ramsey Nasr (1974) is an author, actor and director. He was Dichter des Vaderlands (Poet Laureate) of the Netherlands and city poet of Antwerp. In 2013, he performed as a theatre actor for the first time in thirteen years in A long day’s journey into night. Since then, he has been part of the ensemble of Internationaal Theater Amsterdam.

Ivo van Hove
Ivo van Hove

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

In season 19|20, he will be directing Freud (coproduction FC Bergman) and Who killed my father (Edouard Louis) and his productions A little life, Death in Venice, After the rehearsal / Persona, La voix humaine, Kings of war and Roman Tragedies will be reprised.

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Ramsey Nasr about The other voice

‘It had seemed a logical question to me for years: what does that man on the other side of the line actually have to say? To my amazement, I kept hearing and reading that it must be quite a heartless guy: to leave for another woman so soon after your relationship. What a brute. But who really says that? Nobody. We don’t hear him. The human voice consists of the relations and insinuations of the woman who has been left. I thought it was unfair that his reply could not be heard and would remain invisible. I became curious about his version of the story. The other voice is the story of two people, addicted to each other, knowing they were never made for each other.’

with thanks to
Fonds 21