Opening Night

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Nederlands Theater Festival
09 Sep '24

Opening Night

De Hoe
Opening Night
09 Sep '24
De Hoe

Influenced by the exceptional cinematography of John Cassavetes and the acting of Gena Rowlands, De HOE plays on excess, but also on love and vulnerability. Opening Night is a collective search for a New Emotionality in an emotionally saturated society.

Festival Nederlands Theater Festival

Run time 100 minutes
Genre Theater
Language Dutch

Selected by the official jury selection 2024


Opening Night
is the first major performance of De Hoe, written by all the writers and played by all the actors, across three generations. Influenced by the exceptional cinematography of John Cassavetes and the acting of Gena Rowlands, De Hoe plays the excess, as well as love and vulnerability. Opening Night is a collective search for a New Emotionality in an emotionally saturated society. Flirting with sentimentality play on life and death. Spontaneous, and yet directed. Sincere and yet not.  

Opening Night is an unsettled premiere every night. In desperately filling the void left when an actor loses his words, seven actors together undertake a feverish, tragicomic search for how to be as truthful as possible.

Selected by the Dutch and Flemish Jury Selection 2024
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From the Dutch jury report
The performance Opening Night is arranged around a kissing scene from Cassavetes' film of the same name. The piece is about being old and being young. About following rules and letting chaos exist, pursuing the real and the imaginary. The synthesis of these supposed contradictions seems to be the ingredient with which the evening of drama is set to tension. It results in a packed, beautiful montage in which all the actors are equally glowing and warm in their acting. 

From the Flemish jury report

De HOE is living proof that collectives can indeed molt and stay fresh. Time and again you see how this ensemble manages to tap into new layers in work that remains unadulterated as 'typical De HOE.

De Hoe plays Opening Night at International Theater Amsterdam (ITA) during the Dutch Theater Festival
De Hoe plays Opening Night at International Theater Amsterdam (ITA) during the Dutch Theater Festival

REVIEWS

De Volkskrant

“Opening Night is a play ABOUT the stage: an ingenious performance full of double entendres.”

Theaterkrant

“To go to see Opening Night is to fully enjoy splashing theater that doubts itself. Pleasant enjoyment is what the players of DE HOE give the audience, in their search for lavish truthfulness in love, for intense truthfulness in theater.”

5 - 15 September

Nederlands Theater Festival

Nederlands Theater Festival (NTF) marks the festive start of the new theatre season. For eleven days, NTF presents the finest, most impressive performances of the past season, based on the choices of seven independent juries from the Netherlands and Flanders. Thus, NTF celebrates many genres and forms of theatre: drama, cabaret, youth theatre, mime, performance and more.

The festival starts with the always talked-about lecture De Staat van het Theater and the in-depth interview The State of the World with a famous international artist. The festival concludes with a celebratory presentation of the Netherlands' most important theatre awards during The Gala of Dutch Theatre.

Credits


from and with Natali Broods, Mitch Van Landeghem, Willem de Wolf, Ans Van den Eede, Carine van Bruggen, Peter Van den Eede, Greg Timmermans, Wannes Gyselinck
technique Bram De Vreese, Shane Van Laer, Bart Mommerency, Lennert Boots
costumes Fran Labarque
interns text and dramaturgy Sjoerd Koolma, Jens Dewulf, Tomas Van Balen
intern technique Marthe Leon Thys
thanks to Matthias de Koning
production DE HOE
co-production Het Laatste Bedrijf
with the support of CAMPO, de Vlaamse Overheid en de Tax Shelter-maatregel van de Belgische Federale Overheid

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