Event Ibsen Huis (Ibsen House)
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DescriptionBased on motifs by Henrik Ibsen. 1964: the successful architect Cees Kerkman designs a glass holiday home for his family. This house, which over 60 years later will go up in flames, is a place where three generations of the upper-class Kerkmans meet each other, argue, talk, love and celebrate; a place in which the decisive moments and crises of the family take place. In scenes which jump back and forth in time and assemble in a mosaic-like way, we observe the conversations and interactions of the family members and follow the effects that the crimes and abuses of the grandparents and parents – as well as their suppression and cover-up – have on their children and grandchildren. Although the total transparency of the walls seems to leave no dark places to hide unpleasant truths, a dark family secret is carried on from generation to generation, in plain sight. The desire to look away, the silent group dynamic of forgetting and obliterating is more powerful than that which is apparent. »Ibsen Huis« is a family epic, a portrait of an era and a rewriting of Ibsen’s family dramas. Simon Stone’s production makes use of Ibsen-like family constellations and characters – the young, idealistic dreamer; the bankrupt industrialist fighting for his legacy; the wife who is stronger than her husband and searches for the meaning of life; the couple whose relationship dissolves in a chaos of sex, death and mutual recrimination – and from them creates a new, distinct drama about the impossibility of repression and the struggle with one’s own memory.
VenueSchaubühne Am Lehniner Platz, Kurfürstendamm 153, Berlin, Germany
First Date20th April 2018
Opening Night20th April 2018
Last Date22nd April 2018
Primary GenreTheatre
Secondary Genre
    • Compilation
    • Derivative work
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524088Devos, HélèneHélène Devos379Actor
442499Goessens, FredFred Goessens379Actor
466122Goslinga, JanniJanni Goslinga379Actor
456557Greidanus, AusAus Greidanus379Actor
524089Heijmans, MaartenMaarten Heijmans379Actor
524090Heijnen, EvaEva Heijnen379Actor
442498Kesting, HansHans Kesting379Actor
524087Kraakman, MariaMaria Kraakman379Actor
476048Nufaar, CeliaCelia Nufaar379Actor
524091Roos, DavidDavid Roos379Actor
466123Slegers, BartBart Slegers379Actor
456951Stone, SimonSimon Stone389Adaptation
456811d’Huys, AnAn d’Huys387Costume Designer
524084Clachan, LizzieLizzie Clachan376DesignerSet Design
456951Stone, SimonSimon Stone375Director
524085Kraaij, Peter vanPeter van Kraaij383Dramaturg
494737Farncombe, JamesJames Farncombe380Lighting Designer
426902Ibsen, HenrikHenrik Ibsen386Playwright
456951Stone, SimonSimon Stone386Playwright
524086Berg, Corinne van denCorinne van den Berg384Producer
456955Gregory, StefanStefan Gregory381Sound DesignerOr composer
524085Kraaij, Peter vanPeter van Kraaij378Translator
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Production NationalityNetherlands
Performance languageDutch
Further InformationGuest performance during FIND 2018
Event Identifier101059
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