Our Jubilee Season: 25 years of Toneelgroep
The 2012-13 season will be Toneelgroep Amsterdam's 25th
anniversary season, and we are celebrating this with three world
premières, a reprise of our Shakespeare plays, an exhibition at
FOAM (Amsterdam's famous museum of photography), a documentary and
a new website which will tell the story of the theatre group
through 6,000 photographs. We will also welcome Bart Slegers to the
company, Roman Tragedies will travel to New York, and we will
perform for the very first time in Seoul. Toneelgroep Amsterdam is
ready for a year of celebration which our national and
international audiences will certainly relish.
Halina Reijn is Nora in Delpeut's first major stage
After Britannicus, Antigone-Kreon-Oidipous and All My Sons,
Thibauld Delpeut's three successful productions for TA-2
(Toneelgroep Amsterdam's platform for developing talent in
cooperation with Toneelschuur Producties), it is now time for his
first full production for the main stage:Nora, Ibsen's classic.
'This fantastical and remorseless portrait of a woman is
entitled "A Doll's House", but it actually merits the title of
"Nora". A well-intentioned lie drives Nora to absolute despair. She
leaves all the roles she was used to playing behind her as she
exorcizes all her demons. The sweet little Doll's House becomes a
dark masquerade,' says Delpeut.
Thomas Ostermeier stages The Seagull during HF
The successful partnership with Schaubühnein Berlin will be
continued. Thomas Ostermeier, artistic director with the renowned
German theatre group, is now on his second production with TA. This
time, for the first time in his career, he will be staging a
production of Chekhov. 'The clash of the generations is one of
the main themes in "The Seagull" for me,'says
Ostermeier.'The older generation is afraid of losing its
reputation because of the strength of the new talent. But in the
end the problem is also caused by the younger generation and its
insatiable need for recognition.'
Bergman twice in one evening: Van Hove directs After the
Rehearsal and Persona
After his successful staging of Scenes from a Marriage (2005) and
Cries and Whispers (2009), Ivo van Hove is once again directing two
works by Ingmar Bergman. The first is After the Rehearsal which
includes Gijs Scholten van Aschat as a director who is reliving
memories from the past, and Bergman's masterpiece Persona with
Marieke Heebink and Karina Smulders. 'These two short pieces
explore the role of theatre and art in our lives and our
society,' says Van Hove.'As befits the grandmaster Ingmar
Bergman, he does this without moralizing but with an unwavering
focus on and deep understanding of people, in all their
unparalleled complexity and humanity. Moving yet
uncompromising.' These performances are being co-produced
internationally by the Théâtre de la Place (in Liège), Théâtres de
la Ville de Luxembourg and Maison des Arts de Créteil.
Four Shakespeares - a reprise
For the first time in our history, we will bring four Shakespeare
productions to the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam. These plays have
caused quite a stir over the last four years, both at home and
abroad: Halina Reijn shines in The Taming of the Shrew, Hans
Kesting is consumed by possessive jealousy in Othello, Fedja van
Huêt is the opportunistic and bloodthirsty Macbeth, and - by public
demand - there is another chance to see our legendary Roman
As well as 150 evening performances at the Stadsschouwburg in
Amsterdam and 80 in the rest of the Netherlands, Toneelgroep
Amsterdam will also put on 70 performances in ten other countries.
For example, Roman Tragedies will be performed at the prestigious
BAM in New York, we will make our debut in South Korea with Opening
Night, and in Serbia with Children of the Sun. We will also be
playing in Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Luxemburg, Belgium and
Macbeth will be in Moscow.
Bart Slegers joins the team
Bart Slegers (1964), who has been affiliated with the Ro Theatre
since 2008, will join Toneelgroep Amsterdam in the 2012-2013
season. 'Of course, I know Bart very well from my years at De
Tijd and after that at Het Zuidelijk Toneel, where he played roles
like Richard II, Hamlet and Ajax,' says Van Hove.'I think
that an enthusiastic actor like Bart will be able to make a unique
contribution to our ensemble. I'm really looking forward to working
together again.' Slegers is also delighted about this new
chapter in his stage career: 'Ivo and I discovered each other
in a way. So it's going to be nice just to carry on with that. An
old friendship never dies.'
Jan Versweyveld exhibition
As TA's own photographer and scenographer, Versweyveld was involved
with production from the very start and able to operate in an
environment to which other theatrical photographers have no access.
A very revealing look at Toneelgroep Amsterdam - on stage and
behind the scenes. The exhibition will run from 25 January
to 17 March at FOAM in Amsterdam.
IDTV Docs is producing a documentary about Husbandsin partnership
with NTR. It will be directed by Martijn van Haalen and Paul Cohen,
who is already known for Hollandse Helden (2000), Janine (2010) and
Twee Mannen en een Orkest (2011). For months, they followed
progress on the forthcoming production of Husbandsin order to truly
understand the mystery of acting, caught in the strange tension
between reality and fiction. The documentary will be shown in
February 2013 and can also be seen on Het Uur van de Wolf
Another chance to see...
As well as another chance to the four Shakespeare productions, you
can also see All My Sons (Arthur Miller),Angels in America (Tony
Kushner), The Russians! (Tom Lanoye), Husbands (John Cassavettes),
Disgrace (J.M. Coetzee), Children of the Sun (Maxim Gorki) and La
voix humaine (Jean Cocteau).