01 May '19 to 10 May '19

Oedipus

ITA–Ensemble / Robert Icke
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King Oedipus is the perfect tragedy. In the wake of many before him, Robert Icke – who previously rewrote the Oresteia in London in a magnificent way – directs his own contemporary, free adaptation.

Rabozaal
Duration: 2 hrs, no intermission
English surtitles on thursdays
Introduction: wed 1 and 8 apr
Aftertalk: fr 3 and 10 apr
premiere 08 apr 2018

About

The plague is making its way through Thebes. The oracle says the city is doomed because the murder of King Laius has remained unpunished. His successor Oedipus wants to free the people, who suffer greatly, of this curse. He leads the investigation personally. This is not the first time for Oedipus. He previously solved the riddle of the sphinx. He is determined to leave no stone unturned. The outcome is devastating: to everyone’s great dismay – not in the least his own – Oedipus himself turns out to be the culprit

Sophocles’s most famous tragedy is the first story about crime and punishment. But just how guilty is Oedipus? He fled from his supposed parents when the oracle predicted he would kill his father and marry his mother. He killed Laius, whom he did not know, out of self-defense. Jocasta was offered to him for marriage after he freed Thebes from the sphinx. What is he to blame for? Oedipus did all he could to escape fate. The startling conclusion is that none of it has made a difference: the course of his life was predetermined and he will be punished no matter what.

Oedipus’s quest is full of surprising twists. This turns the story into a chilling thriller. It is impossible not to be affected while watching someone head towards his demise while being determined to discover the truth. Oedipus is much more than the story of a man who has looked but not seen. The age-old attraction will always be how recognizable his fate is: the vulnerability of existence. And the fact that it is nearly impossible to control our lives and fortune.

Press

'Director Robert Icke has made this Oedipus into a Greek tragedy that gives shape to modern times. A couple of subtle shifts in the plot have made the play about finding the truth, which makes it contemporary without it being prominently fixed to a certain time. Due to a refreshingly new perspective, you start to see Oedipus in a different way, which gives the play added value. It's beautiful how text and design can change the focus to the human measure. The adaptation from the heart of the play makes this Oedipus unique and adds something to all the previous plays.' - Jury Dutch Theatre Festival

Cast

Language NP Language no problem Khaldoun Alexander Elmecky Khaldoun Alexander Elmecky
Language NP Language no problem Violet Braeckman Violet Braeckman
Language NP Language no problem Hélène Devos Hélène Devos
Language NP Language no problem Harm Duco Schut Harm Duco Schut
Language NP Language no problem Fred Goessens Fred Goessens
Language NP Language no problem Aus Greidanus jr. Aus Greidanus jr.
Language NP Language no problem Marieke Heebink Marieke Heebink
Language NP Language no problem Hans Kesting Hans Kesting
Language NP Language no problem Hugo Koolschijn Hugo Koolschijn
Language NP Language no problem Frieda Pittoors Frieda Pittoors
Language NP Language no problem Josha Stradowski Josha Stradowski
Robert Icke
Director
Robert Icke

Robert Icke decided to become a playwright and director after he had been torn away from his PlayStation by his father as a teenager and saw a performance of Richard III, with Kenneth Branagh in the title role. Now – only 30 years old – he is regarded as a great young talent in British theatre. For some time now, he has been an associate director at the Almeida in London, the famous theatre that used to be led by Pierre Audi before he came to Amsterdam.



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Robert Icke about Oedipus

‘Since the beginning, both audience and artists have been fascinated by Oedipus: he story of a man who, in his success, exceeded limits, only to find out that he had crossed the most fundamental of boundaries in doing so. I am fascinated by the way plays can make genres explode, just like events can make lives explode. Aristotle’s notion of the ‘hamartánein’ – that which makes the protagonist meet his doom – is often translated as a tragic defect. But perhaps it can be better and more simply translated as a mistake or error?

Everyone makes mistakes once in a while. Everyone deviates from the plan. But what do we do when our mistakes have been made before? What if our mistakes are the plan? What if those mistakes can no longer be undone? What is our fate? Are we merely the actors in a script that has already been written? By our parents? By the gods? By our own bodies? How can we see through ourselves enough to stop before it is too late? How can we ever know ourselves well enough?’

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