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Age of Rage

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

Age of Rage © Jan Versweyveld

Visionary director Ivo van Hove returns with a dark, epic and visceral story adapted from ancient Greek classics that tell how revenge haunts and wrecks successive generations.

Based on six tragedies by Greek dramatist Euripides and one by Aeschylus, Age of Rage takes the Trojan War and the Atreides family as its starting point. A history of anger and violence is passed on from generation to generation, like a curse. This production combines music, performance and dance from a large ensemble cast to uncover the inevitability and hopelessness of a circle of violence.

Age of Rage follows earlier acclaimed large-scale productions from the world-renowned Internationaal Theater Amsterdam directed by Ivo van Hove including Roman Tragedies and Kings of War. With spectacular set design by Jan Versweyveld, choreography from Wim Vandekeybus and music from the contemporary music collective BL!NDMAN [drums].

3 hours 45 mins inc interval
Age guidance 18+ (scenes of significant blood and violence More Information)
Contains loud noises and strobe light effects

Performed in Dutch with English surtitles

Presented by the Barbican. Co-produced by Holland Festival; Bl!ndman; La Villette, Paris; Barbican, London. Private producers Helga Lasschuijt and Dirk Raes, Gabriella de Rooij and Hendrik Jan ten Have, Marius de Vos and Gary Carter, Anna Wouters and Esther Kwaks. With support from Ammodo realised with the support of the Johannes Vermeer Award.

Presentations at the Barbican generously supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL


‘Terrifyingly beautiful dance and music make Age of Rage more than just a bloodthirsty spectacle‘
Trouw (The Netherlands)
‘Impressive performance‘
Scenes (The Netherlands)
‘A dark master marathon‘
AD (The Netherlands)


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