Battles and metamorphoses of a woman

Battles and metamorphoses of a woman
09 Sep '21 to 18 Sep '21
ITA-ensemble / Ivo van Hove

One day, Édouard Louis finds a photo of his mother from twenty years ago. A happy young woman, full of hopes, full of dreams. But Édouard only knows his mother to be completely unhappy, trapped in the humdrum life of a housewife.

What happened in those years since the photo was taken? This is the starting point of Édouard Louis' new book, which is being adapted for the stage by ITA as a world premiere.

The work of Édouard Louis is radically personal. His novels are extremely autobiographical, but socially urgent too. He desires to give a voice to the working class, people that are rarely given any attention in literature or in theatre.

-|-We see how, every day, his mother has to fight the dominant world of men, in which she is not allowed to pursue her talents and dreams. She is not even allowed to take driving lessons. It takes her twenty years to free herself from this oppression. She leaves her husband, leaves her old life behind and starts a new one in Paris.

After Wie heeft mijn vader vermoord, the book of the father, Édouard Louis writes the book of his mother. Hans Kesting previously played his father. Marieke Heebink now plays his mother. Édouard Louis himself is played by Majd Mardo.

Ivo van Hove on Gevechten en metamorfosen van een vrouw

“After his works in which violence in the main focus, Édouard Louis surprised me with a text in which tenderness sets the tone. The book describes the challenging battles of a woman trying to be herself, to make her own choices. But most of all, it is about the slow rapprochement between a son and his mother.”


direction and editing Ivo van Hove
by Édouard Louis
translation Ivo van Hove
dramaturgic advice Johan Reyniers
scenography & lighting Jan Versweyveld
costume design An d’Huys
music George Dhauw
private producer Bertil van Kaam
with Marieke Heebink, Majd Mardo
direction assistant Erasmus Mackenna
scenography assistant Roel van Berckelaer


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on Tour
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02 Sep '21 to 21 Nov '21
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20 Oct '21 to 20 Feb '22
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on Tour
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29 Sep '21 to 02 Oct '21
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