HORROR

SYNOPSIS

A woman returns with two friends to her parental home. The house is haunted by a tragic family event. None of the group knows what happened to the woman’s older sister. Her vengeful spirit, however, does make itself known to them. In a series of flashbacks, the past gradually re-emerges: the cruel parents, the crushed youth. The youngest sister is brutally confronted with the hidden past. The only way to survive is to face the terrible truth.

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BACKGROUND

Jakop Ahlbom has been fascinated with horror films since a very young age. In his early teens he would consume any horror film he could get his hands on, gripped as we was by the absurd fantasies, the special effects, the extreme events, the dark unknown, and the adrenaline kick. Horror author Lovecraft wrote: ‘The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear. And the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.’ This is the deeply hidden fear that Ahlbom brings to life in HORROR. How should you deal with a traumatic past? Should you face up to it so you can get on with your life? And how does the victim deal with a sense of guilt?

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Making HORROR gave Ahlbom the opportunity to create a surreal world of horror using the kind of special effects rarely seen in theatre. The challenge he gave himself was to transfer cinematic horror effects into the theatre, to amaze the audience and make them shudder with fear at the seemingly impossible events unfolding before them. Ahlbom is also greatly intrigued by such aspects of the horror genre as black humour, slapstick and the fascinatingly, terrifyingly surreal imagery. Ahlbom has been using cinematic editing techniques in his stage work for a long time, but creating horror effects in the theatre was a unique challenge.

HORROR was nominated for the 2015 VSCD Mime Award and selected for the Dutch Theatre Festival, where it won the Wijk Jury Award.

From the Dutch Theater Festival jury report
“This homage to the horror genre is packed with special effects and suspense. Ahlbom takes the audience with him on a rollercoaster ride of sound and vision in a tragic family history. He uses acrobatics, illusions, mime and dance to create a thrilling and visually stunning Homeric spectacle. ”

From the VSCD Mime Award jury report:
‘Horror is the latest high point in Jakop Ahlbom’s years-long quest for theatre that combines mime, dance, acrobatics and stage magic. He uses weird and wonderful methods to create an oppressive and dangerous world – to humorous, exciting and stunningly inventive effect.

In the media

“The very best in the Ahlbom tradition, with excellent special effects. Funny and irresistibly terrifying.”

de Volkskrant
“Ahlbom demonstrates his mastery and love of special effects in all his work … The horror genre offers him the opportunity to pull out all the stops.
Horror sees Ahlbom ingeniously combining iconic scenes from scary movies such as The Ring, Oculus and The Shining to create a new story.”
NRC Handelsblad
“Ahlbom uses special effects that truly surprise; his boundless inventiveness is simply astonishing. Horror is dark, terrifying, filthy, comical and absurd – and exceptionally well acted. Yet another demonstration of Ahlbom’s unique talent as a theatre maker.”
Het Parool
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Credits

Concept and Direction: Jakop Ahlbom
Dramaturge: Judith Wendel
Cast: Luc van Esch, Yannick Greweldinger, Judith Hazeleger, Silke Hundertmark, Sofieke de Kater, Gwen Langenberg, Maurits van den Berg, Thomas van Ouwerkerk, Reinier Schimmel
Understudies: Andrea Beugger, Anna Gehlin, Marinke Eijgenraam, Klaus Jürgens
Design: Douwe Hibma, Jakop Ahlbom, Remco Gianotten (assistant)
Music design: Wim Conradi with Bauke Moerman
Costume design: Esmee Thomassen, Kyra Wessel (assistant)
Special props and Make-up: Rob Hillenbrink
Make-up and Hair work: Nienke Algra
Lighting design: Yuri Schreuders
Technicians: Tom Vollebregt, Prem Scholte Albers, Remco Gianotten, Yuri Schreuders, Allard Vonk, Michel van der Weijden, Alfred van der Meulen
Management and Sales: Wilma Kuite
Technicians (2014-15): Niek Snel, Yuri Schreuders, Allard Vonk, Michel van der Weijden
Film clip editors: Udo Akemann
Production (2014-15): productiecollectief/ Janneke den Engelsen
Tour manager (2014-15): Emmalot Morel
Production & tourmanager (2015-16): Yvonne Guis
Production & tourmanager (2016-17): Sarah Faye van der Ploeg
Publicity (2014-16): Christel Gouweleeuw, Nina Angkotta/ Alles voor de Kunsten
Publicity (2016-2017): Pien Roeland/ Alles voor de Kunsten
Education: Laura Liefting
Trailer: Patrick Minks, Jaap Veldhoen
Stage photography: Sanne Peper
Poster image: Paulina Matusiak and Eddy Wentink
Graphic design: Paulina Matusiak

Thanks to: Emmalot Morel, Christel Gouweleeuw, Hans Brouwer, Monique van Schendelen, Jan Doense, Woedy Woet, Caroline Bleeker, Durk Hibma, Vito van Lent, Michiel Slee, David Tim, Tessa Verbei, Roelof Vossebeld, Freerk Wieringa, Toneelschuur, Theater aan het Spui, Schouwburg Amstelveen, Schouwburg De Lawei, Theater De Stoep, Theaters Tilburg, TAQA Theater de Vest, Wilminktheater, Theater de Meervaart

Made possible by financial support from: Performing Arts Fund, Gemeente Amsterdam, Fonds 21, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, VSB Fonds and more than 60 private patrons

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