By Ingmar Bergman
Directed by Ivo van Hove
In a sterile grey room, an artist lies dying. Her video diaries flicker on screens, offering consoling images of an ersatz immortality as her estranged sisters hover about, removed. Not a word has been uttered and already director Ivo van Hove (Opening Night, 2008 Next Wave) has transported us to a collective soul bound by the most tenuous compassion. On a stage transfigured by grief, gripping performances from Dutch repertory company Toneelgroep Amsterdam drive this modern adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's unflinching 1972 film about the will to live and the astounding human capacity for empathy amid the debris of damaged life.
This production was made possible with the cooperation of
Auteursrechtenbureau ALMO, in association with Josef Weinberger
Ltd, London and the Ingmar Bergman Foundation.
Scenography by Jan Versweyveld
Dramaturgy by Peter van Kraaij
Video design by Tal Yarden
Costume design by Wojciech Dziedzic
Sound design by Roeland Fernhout
Toneelgroep Amsterdam / deSingel Antwerpen / Ingmar Bergman International Theatre Festival 2009