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ITA Ensemble / Bl!ndman / Amsterdamse Bostheater / Comédie-Française / Ivo van Hove

'The Damned is a crushing ode to the wickedness of humankind.'
- Trouw ★★★★★

In the summer of 2022, Ivo van Hove and ITA brought their version of Visconti's The Damned to the Amsterdam Bostheater. This immersive and cinematic theatre experience was ITA ensemble's first large-scale open air production. This season we are moving it indoors, to the theatre hall of Carré.

Location Carré
Run time 135 minutes
Genre theatre
Language Dutch

Livestream Sun, October 1

The age recommendation for this production is 16+. The performance contains explicit scenes, including violence and nudity.

The Damned (c)Jan Versweyveld
The Damned (c)Jan Versweyveld

The Damned


Ivo van Hove's direction of Les Damnés had its world premiere as the opening performance of the Festival d'Avignon. 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 by 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.
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Les Damnés
was met with rave reviews. The Guardian called it a 'chilling prophetic masterstroke'. 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 (c)Jan Versweyveld

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?’

CAST

Language NP Language no problem Hugo Koolschijn Hugo Koolschijn
Language NP Language no problem Marieke Heebink Marieke Heebink
Language NP Language no problem Hans Kesting Hans Kesting
Language NP Language no problem Alwin Pulinckx Alwin Pulinckx
Language NP Language no problem Steven Van Watermeulen Steven Van Watermeulen
Language NP Language no problem Bart Bijnens Bart Bijnens
Language NP Language no problem Daniël Kolf Daniël Kolf
Language NP Language no problem Janni Goslinga Janni Goslinga
Language NP Language no problem Dalorim Wartes Dalorim Wartes
Language NP Language no problem Camilla Siegertsz Camilla Siegertsz
Language NP Language no problem Noa van der Vorst Noa van der Vorst
Language NP Language no problem Bart Slegers Bart Slegers
Language NP Language no problem Maarten Heijmans Maarten Heijmans
Language NP Language no problem Yassine El Ouardi Yassine El Ouardi
Language NP Language no problem Rob Das Rob Das
Language NP Language no problem Stefan Cappiello Stefan Cappiello
Language NP Language no problem Thor Louwerens Thor Louwerens
Language NP Language no problem Joshua Albano Joshua Albano
Baron Joachim von Essenbeck
Sophie von Essenbeck
Friedrich Bruckmann
Martin von Essenbeck
Konstantin von Essenbeck
Janek
Günther von Essenbeck
Elisabeth Thallman / waitress
Herbert Thallman
Governess / Mother of Lisa
Wolf von Aschenbach
Headmaster / Inspector
facilities employee
Erika
Pitou Gomes, Samae Manuputy, Ella van der Vaart
Thilde
Madelief Gomes, Sofie Menting, Kate Muda
Lisa
Rosa Baars, Nanouk Oerlemans, Jolie Winterkamp

IN THE PRESS

Trouw

'The Damned is a crushing ode to the wickedness of humankind'

NRC

'Large-scale open-air theatre about the depravity of man'

de Telegraaf

'A masterpiece that hits home with the audience'

The Damned (c)Jan Versweyveld

ITALive

On Sunday, October 1, the performance will be streamed live from Carré. The stream has English subtitles.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to watch the livestream at another time. We play the performance live on stage and the livestream is a direct connection so that you can watch what is happening in Carré at home.

MORE ABOUT ITALIVE
Ivo van Hove's The Damned will be live streamed from Amsterdam on October 1st, 2023. With actors such as Hans Kesting, Marieke Heebink, Maarten Heijmans, Alwin Pulinckx and more.

Digital brochure

Read more about the story, direction and scenography in our digital brochure.

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CREDITS


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
music performance BL!NDMAN [sax]: Pieter Pellens, Hendrik Pellens, Piet Rebel, Sebastiaan Cooman
video Tal Yarden
camera Boris de Ruijter, Thorsten Alofs

co-producer Comedie Française, Bl!ndman, Het Amsterdamse Bostheater
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assistant director Olivier Diepenhorst, Zorba Huisman
assistant dramaturgy Doris de Vries (intern)
assistant scenography Bart van Merode
assistant costumes Anna Gillis
assistant sound design Erwin Sterk
assistant video design Mark Thewessen
photography Dim Balsem, Fabian Calis
graphic design Serena Kloet, Sara Fortuin
communication Bart Buytenhek, Natasa Cvjetkovic, Evelien ter Ellen

This production is supported by

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