THE KINDLY ONES
TONEELHUIS, TONEELGROEP AMSTERDAM | GUY CASSIERS
A co-production of Istanbul Theatre Festival.
Co-Produced by deSingel, Le Phénix, Scène nationale de Valenciennes, Maison de la Culture d'Amiens, Istanbul Theatre Festival, Festival Temporada Alta, Festival RomaEuropa
Text: Jonathan Littell Adapted by: Guy Cassiers, Erwin Jans Based on the Dutch Translation by: Jeanne Holierhoek, Janneke van der Meulen Directed by: Guy Cassiers Dramaturgy: Erwin Jans Costume & Set Design: Tim Van Steenbergen Video Design: Frederik Jassogne Sound Design: Diederik de Cock Lighting Adviser: Bas Devos Performers: Katelijne Damen, Aus Greidanus Jr., Hans Kesting, Alwin Pulinckx, Bart Slegers, Johan Van Assche, Jip van den Dool, Victor Van Gorp, Vincent Van Sande
Dutch with Turkish surtitles.
For the new co-production with Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Guy Cassiers is embarking on a novel, Les Bienveillantes (The Kindly Ones), a book about the extermination of the Jews during the World War II which has caused controversy in France ever since its publication in 2006. The shocking thing about Les Bienveillantes is that it is told from the point of view of an SS officer, Max Aue. In his book Jonathan Littell makes us realise that the Third Reich was not unduly populated by monsters or perverts but by ordinary citizens who collectively moved towards total madness under and because of Nazi socialism. Littell takes the readers with him into the head of the perpetrator, thereby placing them in the uncomfortable position of identifying with him. In his staging Guy Cassiers concentrates on Aue’s stay in three cities which play a key role in the novel: Kiev, Stalingrad and Berlin.
Lasts app. 190'; 2 Acts.
After the Play: Q&A with Guy Cassiers (7 May)