11 Jun '20 to 20 Jun '20

De andere stem (The other voice)

ITA–Ensemble

The tickets for performances of The other voice in June are sold out. We will inform you as soon as possible about the performances in the new season 20/21

'Intense acting, compelling.' - de Volkskrant ****

‘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?'. When Ramsey Nasr saw Jean Cocteau's La voix humaine, he immediately suggested to Ivo van Hove to write an answer: his reply, the man's voice. De andere stem (The other voice) is directed by Ivo van Hove.

performances 2020 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20 june
duration 1 hour and 25 min, no intermission
language dutch
with Ramsey Nasr, Belinda van der Stoep


premiere 12 apr 2016

de andere stem
de andere stem

About the play

Since 2009, ITA performs The human voice (La voix humaine), a monologue by Jean Cocteau from 1928. The woman who speaks, is talking to her ex on the telephone. 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? With that in mind, he suggested to Ivo van Hove to write an answer: De andere stem (The other voice). While Cocteau’s theatre monologue tells the tragic story of one woman, this new text (written and played by Nasr himself) 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.

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.’

Ivo van Hove
Director
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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Credits

by Ramsey Nasr
directed by Ivo van Hove
with Ramsey Nasr, Belinda van der Stoep
dramaturgy Bart Van den Eynde
scenography & light design Jan Versweyveld
sound design Timo Merkies
costumes Wim van Vliet
private producers Rutger Koopmans en Louise ter Kuile

with thanks to

Fonds 21

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