Romeo and Julia
Even those who have never seen Shakespeare's most famous love drama on stage, know the story of the great love between the star crossed lovers and its fatal outcome. Romeo and Julia begins as a blistering tribute to youth, but turns into outbursts of violence and leads to a dark tragedy that ends in a double suicide.
Language Dutch, with English surtitles on Thursdays
Michiel van Erp's version of Romeo and Julia is about identity: can you be who you want to be? Who or what determines how you should feel and behave? The division of roles is partly cross-gender. Women play men and vice versa. Color and origin do not matter. Identity is determined by how one feels, not by how or where one was born. In this performance, the battle between the Capulet and Montecchi families is fought on a dance floor through dance battles. Everyone can be who they want to be while dancing.
Michiel van Erp is the acclaimed director of, among others, the tv series Ramses (with Maarten Heijmans) and the film Niemand in de stad. In 2018 he made his debut at ITA as a stage director with Het hout.
Van Erp (1963) created more than fifty documentaries, both for television and cinema. In the 1990s, he made a name for himself with Lang leve…, a long-running series in which ordinary Dutch people were portrayed in a special way, often with much irony (which is regarded as his trademark) and full of sympathy at the same time.
He filmed portraits of famous Dutch people, such as author Connie Palmen and photographer Erwin Olaf, but also Queen Beatrix and singer Mary Servaes. He made films about the funeral of Prince Claus and the relatives of the MH17 plane crash victims. A recurring theme is (sexual) identity. In I Am a Woman Now, Van Erp portrayed five women who underwent gender reassignment surgery more than fifty years ago. When asked ‘who is the successor of Bert Haanstra?’ Haanstra’s former cameraman Kees van Hin answered: ‘Michiel van Erp’.
by William Shakespeare
director Michiel van Erp
translation Janine Brogt
with Achraf Koutet, Aus Greidanus, Hélène Devos, Ilke Paddenburg, Joy Delima, Maarten Heijmans, Majd Mardo, Maria Kraakman, Marieke Heebink, Fjodor Jozefzoon, Harun Balci, Jonas Smulders, Kharim Amier
scenography Studio Dennis Vanderbroeck
sound design George Dhauw
lighting design Julian Maiwald
costumess Bernadette Corstens
choreography Fabian Prioville
publicity Ewa Chojecka, Joris van den Ring-Bax