[EN] This week dedicated to Internationaal Theater Amsterdam kicks off with Song from Far Away, a play written especially for actor Eelco Smits by British playwright Simon Stephens, directed by Ivo van Hove. Together with La voix humaine (by Jean Cocteau, played by Halina Reijn) and The other voice (written and played by Ramsey Nasr), the play is part of an organically developing series of monologues. For director Ivo van Hove, they are an exploration of the loneliness of the western cosmopolitan citizen at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
The play tells the story of a young banker who returns from New York to his birth city Amsterdam to be present at the funeral of his younger brother. Before the funeral, he writes letters, alternating in tone from melancholic, rebellious to calm, in an attempt to reach the brother he never had any real contact with. A monologue as a mourning process. A reconstruction of the past lives of the two brothers through their correspondence. Their letters take us directly into the intimacy of their relationship, their common ties, but also explore the questions, which remain unanswered following the death of a loved one.
The songs by American singer-songwriter Mark Eitzel enhance the intimate atmosphere of family, memories and goodbyes. Simon Stephens is one of the most talented authors of his generation. Motortown, Pornography, Harper Regan, Wastwater and Three Kingdoms have established him as one of the most successful playwrights in his country and abroad. His theatrical scripts are often bold family portraits, deeply rooted in Social Realism, but they also have a lyrical and optimistic tone that gives him a unique place in contemporary English dramatic literature.
» Dreamlike and deeply unsettling [...] exquisitely matched by Jan Versweyveld’s set and lighting. Sam MARLOWE – The Times
Directed by Ivo van Hove
Mardi 19 JANVIER 2021 à 20h00 (tickets)
[TICKETS]2021-01-19 20:00:00 29203+2021-01-20 20:00:00 29204