Horror

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A breathtaking nightmare on stage

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.

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?

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.

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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.”

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
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
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
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