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Age of Rage

Ivo van Hove, ITA-ensemble

A dark, grand and universal tale of revenge

Revenge is a destructive force that frequently haunts and wrecks successive generations. In Age of Rage, Ivo van Hove and his company tell a primordial story about revenge that begins with the history of the Trojan War and the royal Atreidai family. Tragic mythological figures from stories like Iphigenia in Aulis, The Trojan Women, Hecuba, Agamemnon, Electra and Orestes encounter one another in an ongoing story. Age of Rage shows the mechanisms, inevitability and hopelessness of a circle of violence. This performance is in line with earlier large-scale ITA productions such as Roman Tragedies (2007) and Kings of War (2015). 

Van Hove: 'It is the story of years of war and how its consequences like an ineradicable cancer have a profound and long-lasting effect on families and society.  But also a story about violence today and about radicalization.  We see how, faced with major problems, leaders turn to murder and revenge rather than deliberation.  A royal family that runs the country but never comes to a vision or approach for a better future. A dark, grand and universal tale.’ 


ITA-Ensemble is one of the Holland Festival’s regular co-producers. In recent years the festival has presented ITA co-productions of The Cherry Orchard (2019, Simon McBurney), Roman Tragedies (2008 and 2018, Ivo van Hove) and Obsession (2017, Ivo van Hove). The ITA ensemble members are nationally and internationally famous. At its core is a large troupe of world-class actors and a team of prominent directors that performs on more than one hundred stages world-wide in addition to their Amsterdam base.

The ITA regularly welcomes high-profile international guest directors such as Thomas Ostermeier, Johan Simons, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Katie Mitchell, Grzegorz Jarzyna, Luk Perceval and Guy Cassiers, and representatives of the new generation like Simon Stone, Maren E. Bjørseth and Robert Icke. ITA’s acclaimed production of Een klein leven, based on the book A Little Life by American Hanya Yanagihara, had its premiere in 2018, and actor Ramsey Nasr received the Louis d'Or (the award for best male lead) in 2019 for his portrayal of Jude in the play.


Ivo van Hove
scenography & light
Jan Versweyveld
Koen Tachelet, Ivo van Hove
Selin Akkulak, Hélène Devos, Janni Goslinga, Aus Greidanus jr., Maarten Heijmans, Hans Kesting, Achraf Koutet, Maria Kraakman, Majd Mardo, Jesse Mensah, Chris Nietvelt, Ilke Paddenburg, Gijs Scholten van Aschat
Koen Tachelet
An d’Huys
Eric Sleichim
Wim Vandekeybus
music performed by
Bl!ndman Drums: Hannes Nieuwlaet, Yves Goemaere, Ward Deketelaere
Bai Li Wiegmans, Katharina Ludwig, Emma Hanekroot
private producer
Helga Lasschuijt en Dirk Raes, Gabriella de Rooij en Hendrik Jan ten Have, Marius de Vos en Gary Carter, Anna Wouters en Esther Kwaks
This performance was made possible with support by


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