After the Rehearsal: For Hendrik Vogler, a director obsessed by his work, rehearsals are like notes in his diary, performances his autobiography. Everything is subject to his control yet it soon becomes apparent that life cannot be kept at bay when ex lover Rachel and Anna, her daughter and his current star, breach his sanctum.
Persona: Celebrated actress Elisabeth Vogler falls mute and retreats into silence. It’s as though a short circuit has occurred, calling into question the roles she must play. She is cared for in hospital by nurse Alma who then accompanies her to an island summerhouse in an attempt to coax her into speaking again. Tension between the two builds.
Double bill of plays based on the films by Ingmar Bergman
Performed in Dutch with English surtitles
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“Chilly, intellectually adroit appraisal of life, art and authenticity... Beautiful – and blatantly, knowingly false.”
“Stylish, stylised, intense and surreal, they are mini love letters to the filmmaker and at varying points very beautiful.”