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Roman Tragedies

Romeinse Tragedies
[drums] + Eric Sleichim + Ivo van Hove + ITA

Ivo van Hove stages three plays by Shakespeare – Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Antonius & Cleopatra – as a continuous performance presenting the political act. The ideals, opinions and personal aims of politicians are simply put next to each other, Shakespeare does not take sides. The three Roman Tragedies show politics in all facets.

Coriolanus is featured during the raise of the Roman Republique. The hero (Fedja van Huêt) refuses to accept the changing political constellation and is banished because of his rebellion against the people and its new representatives. Eventually he fights his hometown of Rome.

Julius Caesar (Hugo Koolschijn) on the contrary gains his power because of the fact he knows how to handle the plebs. Certain politicians fear dictatorship and murder him to save democracy.

In Anthony & Cleopatra, world politics and passionate love between the Roman Anthony (Hans Kesting) and the Egyptian Cleopatra (Chris Nietvelt) intertwine . Anthony’s inner conflict between public responsibility and the will of his heart eventually leads to a slaughter.

Ivo van Hove: direction
William Shakespeare: author Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Antony & Cleopatra
Eric Sleichim: music composition and sound design

BL!NDMAN [drums]
Hannes Nieuwlaet
Yves Goemaere
Ward De Ketelaere
Christiaan Saris

Tom Kleijn: translation
Bart van den Eynde: dramaturgy
Jan Versweyveld: scenography and lighting design
Lies Van Assche: costumes
Tal Yarden: video

Toneelgroep Amsterdam: actors

a production of Toneelgroep Amsterdam
a co-production of Holland festival, De Munt / La Monnaie Brussel / Bruxelles, Kaaitheater Brussels, Muziektheater Transparant, BL!NDMAN

Agenda

2024
06 Jun
Amsterdam (NL)
2021
10 Jun
VPRO
Amsterdam (NL)
09 Jun
VPRO
Amsterdam (NL)
08 Jun
VPRO
Amsterdam (NL)
07 Jun
VPRO
Amsterdam (NL)
06 Jun
VPRO
Amsterdam (NL)
03 Jun
VPRO
Amsterdam (NL)
02 Jun
VPRO
Amsterdam (NL)
01 Jun
VPRO
Amsterdam (NL)
31 May
VPRO
Amsterdam (NL)
30 May
VPRO
Amsterdam (NL)
14 Feb
ITA.nl
Amsterdam (NL)
13 Feb
ITA.nl
Amsterdam (NL)
2019
10 Nov
LG Arts Center
Seoul (KR)
09 Nov
LG Arts Center
Seoul (KR)
08 Nov
LG Arts Center
Seoul (KR)
2018
05 Jul
Théâtre National de Chaillot
Paris (FR)
04 Jul
Théâtre National de Chaillot
Paris (FR)
01 Jul
Théâtre National de Chaillot
Paris (FR)
30 Jun
Théâtre National de Chaillot
Paris (FR)

29 Jun
Théâtre National de Chaillot
Paris (FR)
21 Jun
Carré
Amsterdam (BE)
20 Jun
Carré
Amsterdam (BE)
17 Jun
Carré
Amsterdam (BE)
16 Jun
Carré
Amsterdam (BE)
15 Jun
Carré
Amsterdam (BE)
2017
19 Mar
Barbican Centre
London (UK)
18 Mar
Barbican Centre
London (UK)
17 Mar
Barbican Centre
London (UK)
2014
02 Mar
Adelaide Festival
Adelaide (AU)
01 Mar
Adelaide Festival
Adelaide (AU)
28 Feb
Adelaide Festival
Adelaide (AU)
2013
22 Dec
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
21 Dec
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
20 Dec
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
19 Dec
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
18 Dec
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
07 Jul
Teatre Lliure (org. Grec Festival)
Barcelona (ES)
06 Jul
Teatre Lliure (org. Grec Festival)
Barcelona (ES)
05 Jul
Teatre Lliure (org. Grec Festival)
Barcelona (ES)
2012
18 Nov
Howard Gilman Opera House (org. BAM)
New York (US)
17 Nov
Howard Gilman Opera House (org. BAM)
New York (US)
16 Nov
Howard Gilman Opera House (org. BAM)
New York (US)
07 Oct
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
06 Oct
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
05 Oct
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
30 Sep
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
29 Sep
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
28 Sep
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
2011
10 Jul
Grec Festival
Barcelona (BE)
09 Jul
Grec Festival
Barcelona (BE)
08 Jul
Grec Festival
Barcelona (BE)
03 Jul
Matadero
Madrid (BE)
02 Jul
Matadero
Madrid (BE)
01 Jul
Matadero
Madrid (BE)
2010
05 Jun
Grand Théâtre
Quebec (CA)
04 Jun
Grand Théâtre
Quebec (CA)
30 May
Festival TransAmériques
Montreal (CA)
29 May
Festival TransAmériques
Montreal (CA)
28 May
Festival TransAmériques
Montreal (CA)
2009
22 Nov
Barbican Centre
London (UK)
21 Nov
Barbican Centre
London (UK)
20 Nov
Barbican Centre
London (UK)
14 Nov
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
13 Nov
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
12 Nov
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
07 Nov
Stadsschouwburg De Oosterpoort
Groningen (NL)
06 Nov
Stadsschouwburg De Oosterpoort
Groningen (NL)
25 Oct
Stadsschouwburg
Utrecht (NL)
24 Oct
Stadsschouwburg
Utrecht (NL)
23 Oct
Stadsschouwburg
Utrecht (NL)
15 Oct
Wroclaw (PL)
14 Oct
Wroclaw (PL)
16 Aug
org. Zürcher Theater Spektakel
Zürich (CH)
15 Aug
org. Zürcher Theater Spektakel
Zürich (CH)
14 Aug
org. Zürcher Theater Spektakel
Zürich (CH)
2008
06 Sep
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
05 Sep
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
24 Aug
DE SINGEL
Antwerpen (BE)
23 Aug
DE SINGEL
Antwerpen (BE)
13 Jul
Gymnase Gérard Philipe (org. Festival d'Avignon)
Avignon (FR)
12 Jul
Gymnase Gérard Philipe (org. Festival d'Avignon)
Avignon (FR)
11 Jul
Gymnase Gérard Philipe (org. Festival d'Avignon)
Avignon (FR)
15 Jun
Festival Theaterformen
Hannover (DE)
14 Jun
Festival Theaterformen
Hannover (DE)
13 Jun
Festival Theaterformen
Hannover (DE)
08 Jun
Wiener Festwochen
Vienna (AT)
07 Jun
Wiener Festwochen
Vienna (AT)
06 Jun
Wiener Festwochen
Vienna (AT)
04 Jun
Wiener Festwochen
Vienna (AT)
2007
30 Sep
DE SINGEL
Antwerpen (BE)
29 Sep
DE SINGEL
Antwerpen (BE)
23 Sep
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
22 Sep
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
21 Sep
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
20 Sep
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
16 Sep
Kaaitheater
Brussel - Bruxelles (BE)
15 Sep
Kaaitheater
Brussel - Bruxelles (BE)
14 Sep
Kaaitheater
Brussel - Bruxelles (BE)
13 Sep
Kaaitheater
Brussel - Bruxelles (BE)
09 Sep
Parktheater
Eindhoven (NL)
08 Sep
Parktheater
Eindhoven (NL)
26 Aug
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
25 Aug
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
23 Aug
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
22 Aug
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
19 Aug
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
18 Aug
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
16 Aug
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
15 Aug
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
12 Aug
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
11 Aug
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
10 Aug
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
09 Aug
Stadsschouwburg
Amsterdam (NL)
23 Jun
Stadsschouwburg (org. Holland Festival)
Amsterdam (NL)
22 Jun
Stadsschouwburg (org. Holland Festival)
Amsterdam (NL)
20 Jun
Stadsschouwburg (org. Holland Festival)
Amsterdam (NL)
19 Jun
Stadsschouwburg (org. Holland Festival)
Amsterdam (NL)
17 Jun
Stadsschouwburg (org. Holland Festival) (première)
Amsterdam (NL)
16 Jun
Stadsschouwburg (org. Holland Festival) (avant-première)
Amsterdam (NL)

Politics, people and ideals

The Roman Tragedies are Shakespeare‘s foremost political plays. Other than his king drama’s they do not speak about the enjoyment of power but focus on political mechanisms and the social context. Without prejudice Shakespeare describes cause and consequence of political structures in a changing society. Three times he shows the success and failure of a politician, his ideals but also his personal motives that are involved.