The Magic Mountain
At the beginning of the twentieth century, young Hans Castorp goes to a sanatorium in Davos, Switzerland, to visit his cousin. He plans to spend three weeks with him there, but will end up staying for seven years. During Castorp’s stay, he meets a collection of eccentric figures. Through these encounters with the other residents at the sanatorium, he slowly acquires a layered image of contradicting views on life. Stef Aerts en Marie Vinck (FC Bergman) create a new version of The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann.
Stef Aerts and Marie Vinck (FC Bergman) on The Magic Mountain
“With his magnum opus, Thomas Mann desired to reformulate himself and the world around him, after that world had been turned upside down by the First World War. Perhaps our world today – with its fast-changing behavioural codes, fragmented ideologies, and ambiguous morals – is equally in need of a reformulation of definitions and of ourselves. In the sanatorium at the top of the mountain, Hans Castorp dissects and discusses the world which he essentially is scared to participate in, and from which he is increasingly alienated.
More and more, the next generation is calling us to account. They accuse us of being indifferent, of having a lack of engagement and an excess of irony. It is something that Hans Castorp easily could have been accused of too. How is it that we are so like him? -|- Have we too locked ourselves away, hidden ourselves behind thoughts and contemplations? Have we spent too much time on doubt and put off our commitment for too long? Is there something huge waiting for us that we did not see coming? Or is it already so close that it’s blinding us?”
The Magic Mountain (De Toverberg) is adapted and directed for the ITA ensemble by Stef Aerts and Marie Vinck of FC Bergman. They acquired great international fame with their highly visual and poetic performances, often on location in immense spaces, where they portrayed the struggling human lost in a world that is too big. In 2018, the Holland Festival presented their spectacular adaptation of William Gaddis' cult novel JR, a visionary satire on capitalism from the 1970s.
Johannes Vermeer Award
The Magic Mountain was created with the support of the Johannes Vermeer Award.
direction and adaptation Stef Aerts and Marie Vinck (FC Bergman)
by Thomas Mann
translation Hans Driessen
dramaturgy Koen Tachelet
scenography and video design FC Bergman: Stef Aerts and Marie Vinck
costume design An D’Huys
lighting design Ken Hioco
music/sound design Guy van Neuten
private producer Joost en Marcelle Kuiper, Esther Kwaks en Anna Wouters
assistant director Daniël ’t Hoen
with Pierre Bokma, Hélène Devos, Aus Greidanus jr., Maarten Heijmans, Majd Mardo, Frieda Pittoors, Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Steven Van Watermeulen, and others
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