'The Damned is a crushing ode to the wickedness of humankind' - Trouw ★★★★★
After Avignon, Paris, London, Antwerp and New York, this summer Ivo van Hove is bringing Visconti's The Damned to the Amsterdam Bostheater. This overwhelming and cinematic theatre experience will be our ensemble's first large-scale production in the open air.
Les Damnés had its world premiere as the opening performance of the Festival d'Avignon in the majestic setting of the Cour d'Honneur in the former Papal Palace. This theatrical adaptation, based on a film script by Italian film director Luchino Visconti, shows how a family of rich German industrialists is fatally corrupted in its collaboration with the Nazi party that has come to power. Family patriarch Baron Joachim resists and is liquidated. The struggle for the succession leads to an escalation of intrigues and manipulations, betrayal and murder.
The Guardian called it a 'chilling prophetic masterstroke'. De Standaard called it 'a grand total work of art'. The New York Times spoke of 'a rich and ruthless production'. Ivo van Hove again finds a mythical and epic dimension, while he lets his actors play the drama in the most organic and human way possible', wrote Le Monde.
Ivo van Hove on The Damned
‘It tells the story of the venomous alliance between politicians at the highest level and a family running the allmighty steel industry. Visconti situates his story at a pivotal moment in our European history: the rise of fascism in Germany. I think we should look very closely at these mechanisms, because they could be relevant for how we deal with major issues these days. In big, lavish scenes, The Damned gives us a look into the abyss of what humans are capable of and how easy this family solidifies with an extreme right wing regime just for financial gain. The Damned shows the rise and fall of an influential greedy family and an immoral political system. Or is it most of all a story that makes us think about the world we live in today?’
'The Damned is a crushing ode to the wickedness of humankind'
'Large-scale open-air theatre about the depravity of man'
'A masterpiece that hits home with the audience'
'Phenomenal and spine-chilling: ITA actors show their true worth again'.
'Majd Mardo is absolutely brilliant: a dancing, singing, deeply depraved dandy'
'Impressive all-round masterpiece'
Since both ITA and the Bostheater try to use as little paper as possible, ITA offers digital programme booklets. Download the PDF via this link and read more about the show, the makers and actors, and view the family tree. In this way, you will be fully prepared for the Bostheater.
The Amsterdam Bostheater
For thirty-seven years, the Amsterdam Bostheater has been the shining centre of the summer, where every year, in addition to concerts, film evenings and youth theatre, a large special theatre production is presented.
Ingejan Lighart Schenk - Director of the Amsterdam Bostheater
After Avignon, New York and London, the masterpiece The Damned can now finally be seen in the Netherlands. We are proud to be able to present this large-scale production by alliance partner ITA in the Amsterdam Bostheater. I am looking forward to showing Ivo van Hove's acclaimed direction to the public this summer in our beautiful open-air theatre.
directed by Ivo van Hove
by Luchino Visconti, Nicola Badalucco and Enrico Medioli
translation Janine Brogt
dramaturgy Bart Van den Eynde
stage design and light Jan Versweyveld
costumes An D'Huys
composer, music and sound design Eric Sleichim
video Tal Yarden
with Majd Mardo, Marieke Heebink, Steven Van Watermeulen, Hans Kesting, Aus Greidanus jr., Hugo Koolschijn, Janni Goslinga, Ilke Paddenburg, Bart Slegers, Maria Kraakman, Chris Nietvelt, Bart Bijnens, Casper Nusselder, Dalorim Wartes/Alwin Pulinckx, Daniël Kolf, Josua Albano, Kuan Jung The, Rob Das, Thor Louwerens, Yassine El Ouardi
musicians Hendrik Pellens, Piet Rebel, Pieter Pellens, Sebastiaan Cooman
children Ella van der Vaart, Jolie Winterkamp, Kate Muda, Madelief Gomes, Pitou Gomes, Nanouk Oerlemans, Rosa Baars, Samae Manuputy, Sofie Menting
co-producer Comedie Française, Bl!ndman, Het Amsterdamse Bostheater
assistant director Olivier Diepenhorst, Zorba Huisman
assistant dramaturgy (internship) Doris de Vries
assistant scenography Bart van Merode
assistant costumes Anna Gillis
assistant sound design Erwin Sterk
assistant video design Mark Thewessen
head of technique Reyer Meeter
head artistic office Ulrike Bürger-Bruijs
casting advice Hans Kemna
production Inge Zeilinga, Michiel van Schijndel, Eva Sol
location manager Marleen Koens
technique Rick van Liesveld Daan van Oene, Joris Reijmer, Hero Kaspers, Yannick Bruine de Bruin, Zinzi Kemper, Emile Bleeker, Paul Meijer, Rinse de Jong, Dennis van Scheppingen, Nelis Meijer, Ingmar Kviele, Jip Van 't Veer, Kevin Cuyvers, Luuk Geertsen
camera Boris de Ruijter, Thorsten Alofs
procurer David Logger
costume workshop Farida Bouhbouh, Wim van Vliet (head)
dressmaking Leanne Vandenbussche, Suzanne Kollen, Petra Kamphuis
hairdressing & make-up Mirjam Venema, David Verswijveren
surtitles Anna Sijbrands, Suzanne Souverein
child guidance Anna Kostelijk, Roann Postma
child casting Martha Mojet
intimacy coordinator Markoesa Hamer, Zarah Bracht
catering Punt Kookt, Ana’s Mexican Roots, Ingrid Mulder en Esther Doesburg
photography Dim Balsem, Fabian Calis
graphic design Serena Kloet, Sara Fortuin
communication Bart Buytenhek, Evelien ter Ellen
with thanks to Comedie Francaise, Anta, Michel van Gulik, Fie Schouten, Multa Casting, vrijwilligers van het Amsterdamse Bostheater, alle figuranten van de filmshoot, Theaterkunst GmbH
"Our gratitude goes to AMMODO as ITA's production partner. And the Brook Foundation, with whose contribution this production is partly made. Ivo van Hove received the Johannes Vermeer Prize 2019. He will use the amount of money associated with this prize to further develop the I of Internationaal Theater Amsterdam. The Damned is one of the productions that will be realised with this."