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The Years

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09 Oct '24 to 07 Dec '24

The Years

Het Nationale Theater / ITA Ensemble / Eline Arbo

Shows

Wed 09 Oct
20:15 - 22:15
Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag
performance / Geen pauze
Thu 10 Oct
20:15 - 22:15
Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag
performance / Geen pauze
Fri 11 Oct
20:15 - 22:15
Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag
performance / Geen pauze
Sat 12 Oct
20:15 - 22:15
Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag
performance / Geen pauze
Sat 19 Oct
20:00 - 22:00
Stadsschouwburg & Philharmonie Haarlem, Haarlem
performance / Geen pauze
Tue 22 Oct
20:15 - 22:15
Theater aan de Parade, `s-Hertogenbosch
performance / Geen pauze
Wed 23 Oct
20:00 - 22:00
Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, UTRECHT
performance / Geen pauze
Thu 24 Oct
20:00 - 22:00
Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, UTRECHT
performance / Geen pauze
Fri 25 Oct
20:30 - 22:30
Chassé Theater, Breda
performance / Geen pauze
Tue 29 Oct
20:00 - 22:00
Stadsschouwburg & Philharmonie Haarlem, Haarlem
performance / Geen pauze
Thu 31 Oct
20:30 - 22:30
Stadsschouwburg & Philharmonie Haarlem, Haarlem
performance / Geen pauze
Fri 01 Nov
20:15 - 22:15
Theater de Veste Delft, Delft
performance / Geen pauze
Tue 05 Nov
20:00 - 22:00
Stadsschouwburg & Philharmonie Haarlem, Haarlem
performance / Geen pauze
Thu 07 Nov
20:15 - 22:15
Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag
performance / Geen pauze
Fri 08 Nov
20:15 - 22:15
Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag
performance / Geen pauze
Sat 09 Nov
20:30 - 22:30
Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie, Leeuwarden
performance / Geen pauze
Tue 12 Nov
20:00 - 22:00
Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam
performance / Geen pauze
Wed 13 Nov
20:00 - 22:00
Theater Rotterdam, Rotterdam
performance / Geen pauze
Fri 15 Nov
20:30 - 22:30
Theater De Vest, Alkmaar
performance / Geen pauze
Sat 16 Nov
20:30 - 22:30
Theater De Vest, Alkmaar
performance / Geen pauze
Wed 20 Nov
20:15 - 22:15
Theaters Tilburg, Tilburg
performance / Geen pauze
Thu 21 Nov
20:30 - 22:30
Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Heerlen
performance / Geen pauze
Fri 22 Nov
20:30 - 22:30
Parktheater Eindhoven, EINDHOVEN
performance / Geen pauze
Sat 23 Nov
20:15 - 22:15
Stadsschouwburg Groningen, Groningen
performance / Geen pauze
Thu 28 Nov
19:30 - 21:30
Rabozaal
performance / Geen pauze
Fri 29 Nov
19:30 - 21:30
Rabozaal
performance / aftertalk / Geen pauze
Sat 30 Nov
19:30 - 21:30
Rabozaal
performance / Geen pauze
Sun 01 Dec
15:30 - 17:30
Rabozaal
performance matinee / Geen pauze
Wed 04 Dec
20:30 - 22:30
Stadstheater Arnhem, Arnhem
performance / Geen pauze
Thu 05 Dec
19:30 - 21:30
Rabozaal
performance / Geen pauze
Fri 06 Dec
19:30 - 21:30
Rabozaal
performance / aftertalk / Geen pauze
Sat 07 Dec
19:30 - 21:30
Rabozaal
performance / Geen pauze
The Years
09 Oct '24 to 07 Dec '24
Het Nationale Theater / ITA Ensemble / Eline Arbo

"Nothing short of theatrical magic. [...] A celebratory explosion of language and acting." – De Nederlandse Toneeljury.

Due to its great success, The Years by Het Nationale Theater returns in 2024, in coproduction with ITA Ensemble! The production was selected for Nederlands Theater Festival as one of the most beautiful, groundbreaking, and impressive performances of the season. Mariana Aparicio won the prestigious Theo d'Or award for her role as the most impressive female lead.

Location At ITA and on tour in the Netherlands
Run time 120 minutes
Genre Theatre
Language Dutch

In Gesprek Fri, November 29 & Fri, December 6

Please note that this performance contains scenes that may be perceived as very intrusive. The Years contains a scene about an illegal abortion, played by Mariana Aparicio. This scene can be experienced as intrusive. The abortion is described in detail and fake blood is used.

The Years


The Years
is a production featuring an all-female cast directed by Eline Arbo. Based on the European bestseller by Annie Ernaux, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2022.

In The Years, five actresses collectively narrate the life of one woman against the backdrop of a rapidly changing world. Raised amidst the aftermath of World War II, she breaks free from her middle-class upbringing, and becomes a writer with a sharp political and social awareness. She grows up amidst the debris of the Second World War, disentangles herself from her middle-class environment and becomes a writer with a sharp political and social awareness. Using photos, songs and news reports, she talks about emancipation, being a woman, sexuality, class differences and individual opportunities. In separate scenes, musical, happy and melancholic memories are evoked. By following one life, we see the world change. The hyper-personal history of a French woman thus becomes a universal biography of post-war Western Europe.
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"All images will disappear. Death erases everything in a second and so we have to save something from the time where we will never be again." – from The Years

The Years is the prize-winning and critically acclaimed masterpiece by French author Annie Ernaux. De Standaard der Letteren called it a "dazzling history of a time and of a life". For director Eline Arbo, it is dream material. The book brings together the two lines that she explores in her work, on the one hand the 'sociological' view of The End with Eddy (2020) and on the other hand the powerful women as protagonists of The Hours (2021) and Yerma (2021).

The Years by HNT and ITA Ensemble, directed by Eline Arbo. On show at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

Eline Arbo about The Years

‘When I read The Years I knew immediately: this book was written for me. Annie Ernaux's style is so striking and universal that all those memories resonate in me. Her images evoke a sense of nostalgia, but at the same time shame and anger.’

CAST

Language NP Language no problem Mariana Aparicio Mariana Aparicio
Language NP Language no problem Janni Goslinga Janni Goslinga
Language NP Language no problem Ilke Paddenburg Ilke Paddenburg
Language NP Language no problem June Yanez June Yanez
Language NP Language no problem Nettie Blanken Nettie Blanken

REVIEWS

de Volkskrant

"Thanks to the fantastic acting and the musical performances, the hours – and at the same time the years – fly by."

Trouw

"'Ordinary woman' Annie Ernaux is a much-needed addition to the male theater canon."

de Telegraaf

"In this magnificent production, Arbo showcases how epic an entirely ordinary woman's life can be."

Theaterkrant (Critic's Choice)

"Once again, Arbo proves herself to be the finest ensemble director in the Netherlands, and her production of The Years is one of the best performances of the year."

Het Parool

"Director Eline Arbo and her five actresses do a brilliant job with their performance of The Years bringing to life the eponymous book by Nobel Prize winner Annie Ernaux and the lives of women in the second half of the 20th century."

The Years by HNT and ITA Ensemble, directed by Eline Arbo. On show at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

IN GESPREK

After the performance, come and think, listen and chat at In Gesprek. We invite a guest to further explore the themes of The Years and to exchange experiences. If you have any questions, this is the perfect time to ask them. In Gesprek is free of charge and starts shortly after the performance in one of our foyers, is conducted in Dutch and lasts about half an hour.

Credits


direction and adaptation Eline Arbo
based on the book by Annie Ernaux
translation Hofstede
music Thijs van Vuure
set Juul Dekker
costume Rebekka Wörmann and Bonnie Brandt (intern)
lightning Varja Klosse en Emanuel Nijkerk (intern)
dramaturgy Willemijn Barelds and Hiske Krammer (intern)
assistant director Ludy Golstein
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cast Mariana Aparicio, Nettie Blanken, Janni Goslinga, Ilke Paddenburg and June Yanez

co-production Het Nationale Theater and Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

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