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line-up

director > Ivo van Hove
author > William Shakespeare
script > Bart Van den Eynde
script > Peter Van Kraaij
translation > Rob Klinkenberg
stage and lighting design > Jan Versweyveld
sound concept and composition > Eric Sleichim

cast (ensemble) > Alwin Pulinckx, Aus Greidanus jr., Chris Nietvelt, Eelco Smits, Fred Goessens, Frieda Pittoors, Hans Kesting, Hélène Devos, Hugo Koolschijn, Ramsey Nasr, Robert de Hoog, Roeland Fernhout, Harm Duco Schut

musicians
> Steve Dugardin, countertenor BL!NDMAN [vox]
> BL!NDMAN [brass]: Charlotte Van Passen, Daniel Quiles Cascant, Daniel ruibal Ortigueira, Konstantin Koev & Nicolas Villers

video > Tal Yarden
costumes > An D’Huys

Kings of War is a coproduction of Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Holland Festival, Muziektheater Transparant & BL!NDMAN commissioned by Wiener Festwochen, Barbican London & Théâtre National de Chaillot

BL!NDMAN is supported by the Arts Administration of the Ministry of the Flemish Community and the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels-Capital Region. BL!NDMAN [sax] play Selmer Paris Saxophones. BL!NDMAN [drums] is supported by Muremo, distributor of Bergerault Percusssion Instruments.

KINGS OF WAR

Kings of War blends Shakespeare?s Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III in one explosive play about how power is seized and exercised. The kings appearing in the play are political leaders: they alone are masters of life and death, wage wars or perish if unable to fight. Shakespeare portrays the psychology of rulers but also confronts them with the machinations of their courtiers and counsellors. Kings of War exposes the mechanisms of decision-making in times of political crisis and subjects them to the conflicts arising from the trade-off between national interests and the preservation of personal power.

Henry V, a hesitant and inexperienced ruler, marries a French princess to ensure peace. And yet England tumbles into chaos. Neither is Henry VI able to conciliate the warring factions and as a consequence becomes witness to the downfall of his country. Richard III is viewed as the embodiment of evil; indeed, he deliberately sabotages the fragile peace that might have followed in the wake of the War of the Roses. As a leader striving for absolute rule, he lacks sensitivity and only craves ultimate power for himself.

calendar

15.12.2017
AMSTERDAM (NL) - stadsschouwburg
16.12.2017
AMSTERDAM (NL) - stadsschouwburg
17.12.2017
AMSTERDAM (NL) - stadsschouwburg
20.12.2017
AMSTERDAM (NL) - stadsschouwburg
21.12.2017
AMSTERDAM (NL) - stadsschouwburg
22.12.2017
AMSTERDAM (NL) - stadsschouwburg
11.03.2018
ADELAIDE Festival (Australia)
12.03.2018
ADELAIDE Festival (Australia)
13.03.2018
ADELAIDE Festival (Australia)
24.05.2018
MONTREAL (Can) - Festival TransAmériques
25.05.2018
MONTREAL (Can) - Festival TransAmériques
26.05.2018
MONTREAL (Can) - Festival TransAmériques
27.05.2018
MONTREAL (Can) - Festival TransAmériques

KINGS OF WAR played among others on the following locations:

2017
AMSTERDAM (NL) - Stadsschouwburg
WROCLAW (PL) - Festival Dialog
2016
PARIS (F) - Théâtre National de Chaillot
AMSTERDAM (NL) - stadsschouwburg
LONDON (UK) - Barbican Centre
NEW YORK - Brooklyn (USA), BAM
2015
WENEN / VIENNE - Festspiele - Halle E Museumsquartier
AMSTERDAM (NL) - Holland Festival - Stadsschouwburg
AMSTERDAM - Rabozaal
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BL!NDMAN       contact info

Sainctelettesquare 18-19
B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
+32 2 201 59 47

contact:

general and artistic direction:
management:   M +32 485 30 98 01
technical coordination & sound engineer:   M +32 485 53 68 16
production manager:   M +32 498 54 96 81

BL!NDMAN is supported by the Arts Administration of the Ministry of the Flemish Community and the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels-Capital Region. BL!NDMAN [sax] play Selmer Paris Saxophones. BL!NDMAN [drums] is supported by Muremo, distributor of Bergerault Percusssion Instruments.