Client E. Busken - International Theater Amsterdam

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Against his will, E. Busken is staying in the closed ward. Is he raving or is he - as he himself claims - still in his right mind?

Maria Kraakman made her debut as director at ITA with Client E. Busken, a monologue played by Gijs Scholten van Aschat musician Jip van den Dool. The text is based on Jeroen Brouwers' latest novel.

Against his will, E. Busken stays in the locked ward of an institution for the very old. He feels treated like a toddler and refuses to speak. He surrenders to a stream of memories and observations of his fellow inmates and the nursing staff. Is he rambling or is he - as he himself claims - still in his right mind? Is he recalling real memories or fantasizing a richly filled life?

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Against his will, E. Busken is staying in the closed ward. Is he raving or is he - as he himself claims - still in his right mind?

Maria Kraakman made her debut as director at ITA with Client E. Busken, a monologue played by Gijs Scholten van Aschat musician Jip van den Dool. The text is based on Jeroen Brouwers' latest novel.

Against his will, E. Busken stays in the locked ward of an institution for the very old. He feels treated like a toddler and refuses to speak. He surrenders to a stream of memories and observations of his fellow inmates and the nursing staff. Is he rambling or is he - as he himself claims - still in his right mind? Is he recalling real memories or fantasizing a richly filled life?

Ivo van Hove: "Sometimes projects are too good to wait too long. When Gijs came up with this very personal novel by one of the grand masters of the contemporary novel, I didn't hesitate for a moment. We have to do this and as soon as possible. We get a glimpse of what it is to be old in our time. Gijs then adapted the novel. And it became even more beautiful when Maria was prepared to make her debut as a director with this performance'.

Maria Kraakman: 'It is a fate that awaits many of us: we grow old, we decline, we become isolated and at the mercy of strangers, and we wait for the end... Thank God we have Jeroen Brouwers! He creates a celebratory and razor-sharp monument to language that keeps even death at bay, comforts and makes us laugh, and shows that we are truly free in our thoughts. I am extremely fortunate that we get to shape this mental universe of Client E. Busken.'

Gijs Scholten van Aschat: "When I read this book, I immediately saw a performance in it. The main character E. Busken can no longer do anything, everything has been taken away from him, he has only his thoughts left, which he shares with us. He is in the last phase of his life, where reality, dream and memory can no longer be distinguished. It is in this edifice of language that we find ourselves. Because Jeroen Brouwers, to quote E. Busken, "has an almost religious sense of language with a variety of words like a flower garden," I longed for music while editing the book. To escape the language for a while. But also, through the music from the protagonist's childhood, to get closer to him. In this performance, I hope to combine my two great loves in my craft. Language and Music. For the head and the heart.'

When

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 8:15 p.m.

Prices

  • from € 22,50 to € 32,00 Additional costs: € 1,- administration fee per ticket with a maximum of € 5,- per order Cloakroom and a drink during intermission or after the performance (if there is no intermission) are included in the admission price.

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