duration 5:20, incl. 2 pauzes
première 19 Jun 2011
'De Russen! is certainly a leap forwards in terms of theatrical innovation. Ivo van Hove uses music, lighting effects, projections and sheer spectacle to convey the complex and often very subtle themes of the piece. His work is highly entertaining, but nevertheless does full justice to the text and content. Van Hove has proven that it is indeed possible to fill over five hours with theatrical perfection, leaving the audience trembling with excitement.' NRC *****
‘Eighteen actors, each and every one a master of the craft (...) De Russen! is the strongest piece of political theatre to have been presented in years. It is Russian, English and Greek: a blend of Chekhov, Shakespeare and Aeschylus.’ Knack *****
‘a peerless company of performers’ Parool
‘Ivo van Hove has staged De Russen! as a constant cascade of confrontations. (...) Here is a director who understands the language of the large auditorium like no other.’ De Morgen
Ivo van Hove directs the portrait of a group of people that lashes out uncontrollably, seeks scapegoats and gives free rein to its frustrations out of an indefinable feeling of voidness and loss. The Russians! is a marathon performance in which the characters elbow one another aside, make each other’s lives miserable and finally burn out. The music is composed by Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL).