Knock-Out

A turbo-slapstick performance

After the international success of Horror and Lebensraum, the Jakop Ahlbom Company has now co-produced Knock-Out – a new performance with ISH Dance Collective and DeLaMar Theater. In Knock-Out, the physical scenes are tumbling over each other as in a rollercoaster. The performance is filled with spectacular acrobatics and visual effects. The audience is not given any time for reflection, but in stead they are sweating in their seat with an increased heart rate. This is an ode to the action movie, exclusively shown at DeLaMar Theater in Amsterdam.

Gambling addict Larry and his unhappy wife Buffy are kidnapped. His very wealthy father receives a request for ransom – if he pays, the couple will be released. While he is on his way to pay the ransom, some unwelcome guests arrive at the door. The confusion grows and everyone starts fighting with everyone else in an ultimate attempt to keep the money safe.

All physical limits are stretched in Knock-Out. People are dangling in the sky for too long, and they are squashed against a wall after which they continue to fight as if nothing has happened. And then there is also the mysterious cowboy with his guitar, who sings during all the events.

Knock-Out is a physical comedy about greed and stinginess, inspired by the Coen Brothers and Jackie Chan films.

Credits

Direction: Jakop Ahlbom
Choreography: Marco Gerris
Dramaturge: Judith Wendel
Cast: Lisa Groothof, Patrick Karijowidjojo, Leonard Lucieer, Tyrone Menig, Freek Nieuwdorp, Arnold Put, Bodine Sutorius
Music (live): Leonard Lucieer
Sound design: Wim Conradi
Scenography: Thomas Rupert
Lighting design: Marc Heinz
Costume design: Esmée Thomassen
Head of production Jakop Ahlbom Company: Sarah Faye van der Ploeg
Head technique Jakop Ahlbom Company: Tom Vollebregt
Voorstellingsleider: Boaz van der Ban
Crew DeLaMar Theater: Florian Egbers, Steffie de Haan, Ray Elderman