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Atropa

Toneelhuis, Theater Utrecht, Orkater, Stichting Naomi Velissariou

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An intersectional tragedy set to techno and trap. A theatrical bacchanal, a Prada slaughterhouse. Lanoye’s Atropa the way it was meant to be: a linguistic celebration set to music, in honour of contemporary gods.
 

The paradox of peace is that it needs to be conquered.
With violence.
(Tom Lanoye)

In Atropa, the taboos of a generation, characterized by its thirst for emancipation, are sung in a language she understands best: that of pumping beats and razor-sharp poetry. Atropa tells the story of the war for Troy and unites the classical and the contemporary in terms of theme as well as language. Writer Tom Lanoye transformed the age-old story of the struggle between East and West into a critique of contemporary imperialism. The war waged by men in Atropa is at the expense of the woman, who loses child, love, body and ground to her oppressor. Greek women come face to face with Trojan women, who after the occupation of their city prefer death to a life of oppression. At the end of the war, it is up to the only man to convincingly defend the values of the survivors.
 
Atropa is a bacchanal of language and music in which the struggle for power gives way to a celebration of vulnerability. For their directorial debut as makers on the big stage, Naomi Velissariou and Floor Houwink ten Cate convert the stage into an arena of musical violence and visual spectacle. In Dennis Vanderbroeck's scenography, the audience comes within easy reach of the tragedy. Lanoye's ultra-rhythmic stabs of language are matched by the sound design of Joost Maaskant and Jimi Zoet, which varies between the genres of techno, doom and hardcore to hip hop, trap and drill. The costumes of MAISON the FAUX turn the battlefield into a female death fashion show. 

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* Intersectionality is the phenomenon that "social inequality occurs along different axes that intersect"; the notion that individuals in a society experience oppression based on a multitude of factors.
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ABOUT THE TEXT
Atropa. The revenge of peace. was written in 2008 by Tom Lanoye and premiered that same year at the Avignon festival, directed by Guy Cassiers. In 2012, Lanoye won the prize for stage texts, because in Atropa he "searches for the roots of the evil called war and violence" and thereby "analyzes the game of power", according to the Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature. In the version by Velissariou and Houwink ten Cate, Atropa is a tragedy as it is intended: a linguistic celebration to music, in honor of contemporary gods.

ABOUT THE MAKERS
Naomi Velissariou and Floor Houwink ten Cate have been working together for five years in various constellations, including the productions Sontag (2017), The HM Concert (2019) and Pain Against Fear (2020). For Atropa they join forces in a co-direction, their joint storming of the big stage.

Credits

performance

  • Annelinde Bruijs
  • Thibaud Dooms
  • Denise Jannah
  • Vanja Rukavina
  • Jasmine Sendar
  • 'Ntianu Stuger
  • Adanna Unigwe
  • Naomi Velissariou

text

  • Tom Lanoye

concept

  • Naomi Velissariou

director

  • Floor Houwink ten Cate
  • Naomi Velissariou

music

  • Joost Maaskant
  • Jimi Zoet

scenography

  • Studio Dennis Vanderbroeck

light design

  • Tim van 't Hof

costume design

  • MAISON the FAUX

sound design

  • Sander van der Werff

coproduction

  • Toneelhuis
  • Theater Utrecht
  • Orkater
  • De Grote Post
  • Stichting Naomi Velissariou

made possible by

  • Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
  • Ammodo

All data

  1. Thursday 10 November 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Friday 11 November 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Saturday 12 November 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  4. Sunday 13 November 2022 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  5. Wednesday 16 November 2022 — 20h00 — Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Brugge
  6. Thursday 17 November 2022 — 20h00 — De Grote Post, Oostende
  7. Friday 18 November 2022 — 20h00 — KVS - BOL, Brussel
  8. Tuesday 22 November 2022 — 20h00 — Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht
  9. Wednesday 23 November 2022 — 20h00 — Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht
  10. Thursday 24 November 2022 — 20h00 — Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht
  11. Friday 25 November 2022 — 20h00 — Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht
  12. Monday 28 November 2022 — 20h00 — ITA, Rabozaal, Amsterdam
  13. Tuesday 29 November 2022 — 20h00 — ITA, Rabozaal, Amsterdam
  14. Wednesday 30 November 2022 — 20h15 — Koninklijke Schouwburg Den Haag, Den Haag
  15. Thursday 1 December 2022 — 20h15 — Koninklijke Schouwburg Den Haag, Den Haag
  16. Monday 5 December 2022 — 20h15 — Schouwburg Kortrijk, Kortrijk
  17. Tuesday 6 December 2022 — 20h00 — Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht
  18. Wednesday 7 December 2022 — 20h00 — Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht
  19. Thursday 8 December 2022 — 20h00 — Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht
  20. Friday 9 December 2022 — 20h30 — Chassé Theater,, Breda
  21. Wednesday 14 December 2022 — 20h15 — C-mine, Genk
  22. Thursday 15 December 2022 — 20h15 — Theater De Veste, Delft
  23. Friday 16 December 2022 — 20h00 — Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
  24. Monday 19 December 2022 — 20h15 — Stadsschouwburg Groningen, Groningen
  25. Tuesday 20 December 2022 — 20h15 — Stadsschouwburg Groningen, Groningen
  26. Wednesday 21 December 2022 — 20h00 — Stadsschouwburg, Nijmegen

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