Vielfalt (2009)

After more than 10 years, the internationally successful performance Vielfalt by the Jakop Ahlbom Company returns to theatres in the Netherlands. The audience will be enthralled by its danceable duets, magical tricks and pure slapstick, as if watching a surrealist film. Defying the boundaries of fantasy, Vielfalt (Diversity) feeds our imagination.

A disappearing act as the start of a surrealist search

When a magician lets a woman disappear during an act, she does not return. Her husband does his utmost to bring her back and even steps into the magician’s fantasy world. He ends up in a surrealist maze where illusion and reality intertwine. Every time he seems to have found her, she slips away again. The man disappears further and further into the magician’s mind.

Internationally successful

In 2007, Vielfalt was selected by the Netherlands Theater Festival and this marked the popular breakthrough of the Jakop Ahlbom Company. After more than ten years, this internationally successful performance that drew large crowds, is now back on stages in the Netherlands.

 

De trucs en het hoogstaande bewegingsspel wekken bewondering op. Maar bovenal is Vielfalt erg geestig.” – NRC Handelsblad

Vielfalt is pure magie. Het is allemaal zo bizar en tegelijkertijd normaal in de wereld van Ahlbom dat je er vol verbazing naar kijkt en in wordt meegezogen” – De Volkskrant

Ahlbom beheerst de kunst om de toeschouwer te blijven boeien.” – 8 Weekly

Credits

Concept and direction: Jakop Ahlbom
Cast: Reinier Schimmel, Jakop Ahlbom, Sofieke de Kater, Gwen Langenberg, Silke Hundertmark, Merette van Hijfte, Pleuni Veen, Myrthe Kuipers
Directing consultant: Jeroen van den Berg
Design: Daniel Ament
Sound scape: Wim Conradi
Costume design: Susann Rittermann
Costumier: Kyra Vivian Wessel
decor design: Jochen Plass en Olivier Louter
Production: Sarah Faye van der Ploeg
Decoration: Carin Heslinga
Magical advise : Woedy Woet
Techniek: Tom Vollebregt, Allard Vonk, Hessel Hilgersom, Michel van der Weiden
Production / education interns: Ymke van Hoof, Chanel van der Veen

With special thanks to:

Inez Almeida, Klara Alexova, Anne van Balen, Arjan Benning, Meeke Beumer, Ko van den Bosch, Rob Galdermans, Gertjan van de Geer, Marie Groothof, Judith Hazeleger, Stephan van Hesteren, Kelly Hirina, Ymke van Hoof, Dirk Houthoff, Marijn Hubregtse, Colin Kassies, Wilma Kuite/Alles voor de Kunsten, Studio Niels Megens, Daphne Richter, Ariadna Rubio, Irene Slotboom, John Valkering, Het Veemtheater, Judith Wendel.