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  • The Things That Pass

    D'après Louis Couperus

    Ivo van Hove

    Amsterdam

  • > Cour du lycée Saint-Joseph

    Representation in Dutch with French surtitles

    Running time 2h10

  • A tragedy engulfing three generations about the way emotions can ignite when stifled by silence for too long.

 

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De Dingen Die Voorgijgann © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

De Dingen Die Voorgijgann © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

De Dingen Die Voorgijgann © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

De Dingen Die Voorgijgann © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

De Dingen Die Voorgijgann © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

De Dingen Die Voorgijgann © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

De Dingen Die Voorgijgann © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

De Dingen Die Voorgijgann © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

De Dingen Die Voorgijgann © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

De Dingen Die Voorgijgann © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

De Dingen Die Voorgijgann © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

De Dingen Die Voorgijgann © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

De Dingen Die Voorgijgann © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

De Dingen Die Voorgijgann © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

De Dingen Die Voorgijgann © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

 

Presentation

  • At the heart of the play, two old lovers are waiting for death, convinced that no one knows the horrible secret that binds them together. Their children and grandchildren are trying in vain to free themselves from it: the burden of family always get passed down, even in hidden ways. Of the rigid society of The Hague Louis Couperus described in his novel, Ivo van Hove keeps the stifling atmosphere and the tragic aspect. The stage is a waiting room or a purgatory, a place of disillusionment, an abyss in which buried feelings are either reined in or unleashed. The resonating beat of a clock tells the time, a race whose end is inevitable... Dressed all in black, the characters are like an ancient chorus, carrying within themselves an anxiety that squeezes them like a vice, obstructs all desires, and asphyxiates their dreams. Their emotions are sometimes delicate, but they remain first and foremost raw, often abrasive, without pity for this family caught in their own trap. Ivo van Hove, fascinated by Couperus's so modern intuitions, has chosen to explore how one can escape one's destiny and legacy. Can there be no other form of relationship left to invent, outside of the classic model of the family?

    Ivo Van Hove
    The director of the Toneelgroep in Amsterdam since 2001, Ivo van Hove has directed over a hundred shows, plays, novel or film adaptations, musicals, and operas. From Sophocles to Bowie via Shakespeare, Duras, Miller, or Visconti, he has created a protean theatre revolving around human emotions in which everything, from the text to the stage, from the performers to the images and the music, comes together to create meaning: a theatre of urgency, subversive and never moralistic. The audience of the Festival d'Avignon knows him well: his last creation here was The Damned, with the actors of the Comédie-Française, in the Cour d'honneur of the Palais des papes.

    Louis Couperus
    A poet and writer, Louis Couperus (1863-1923) is a major figure in Dutch literature. His psychological novels, influenced by the naturalism of Zola and Flaubert, offered harsh criticism of the rigoristic society of The Hague and focused on the fin de siècle themes of destiny, decline, and decadence.

  • Distribution

    With Katelijne Damen, Fred Goessens, Janni Goslinga,
    Aus Greidanus jr., Abke Haring, Robert de Hoog,
    Hugo Koolschijn,
    Maria Kraakman, Majd Mardo, Celia Nufaar, Frieda Pittoors, Luca Savazzi, Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Bart Slegers, Eelco Smits

    Texte Louis Couperus
    Adaptation Koen Tachelet
    Direction Ivo van Hove
    Dramaturgy Peter Van Kraaij
    Choregraphy Koen Augustijnen
    Music Harry de Wit
    Stage design, lights Jan Versweyveld
    Video Theunis Zijlstra
    Costumes An D'Huys

    Production

    Production Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Toneelhuis
    Coproduction Ruhrtriennale
    With the support of Ammodo, Jeroen van Ingen et Jaap Kooijman, Joost Houtman et Jeffrey Ong, Rob et Marijke van Oordt, et pour la 72e édition du Festival d'Avignon : Dutch Performing Arts

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