Five new premieres dominate the new season of the ITA ensemble. In Lehman Trilogy (directed by Guy Cassiers) we follow three brothers; the play is not only the story of a family but also the history of ruthless emerging capitalism.
My Heavenly Favourite (directed by Ivo van Hove), based on the bestseller by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, tells the story of a 49-year-old veterinarian who, during a sweltering summer, develops a forbidden love for the underage daughter of a farmer. A love that quickly becomes an obsession. In Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca (directed by Wim Vandekeybus), an arranged marriage ends fatally when the bride’s former lover shows up.
And there are more performances concentrating on “forbidden” loves. In Birds of a Kind (directed by Alize Zandwijk), the Jewish Eitan and the Arab Wahida fall in love instantly when they meet by chance in the library of New York. And in Penthesilea (directed by Eline Arbo) Amazon Queen Penthesilea falls for her greatest enemy: the Greek army commander Achilles.
Previous successes of the ITA ensemble that can be seen again in 2022-2023 include The Magic Mountain, Age of Rage, Client E. Busken, The Hours, Judas, The Year of Cancer and Kings of War.
They will also continue live streaming through ITALive. Age of Rage and The Year of Cancer have been confirmed for now; other new titles for ITALive will be announced at a later date.