In Versus, we attend the much-anticipated interview with a popular media figure who is spoken of for building a large following and could also become politically active. The country's leading journalist feels this charmer in front of a live audience.
She is trying to reveal his true intentions, to show who is hiding behind the mask of this natural leader. But to pull that off, she will have to rise above herself. As their struggle intensifies, the interview turns into the continuation of an age-old titanic struggle for public favour, truth and in the end, power.
With Versus, Vincent van der Valk and Casper Vandeputte once again join forces after their theatre hit Immens ( the 2020 playwright award) to make your head explode in a joyful way. Two stage performers and eight cellists are pulling out all the stops to fight once and for all the great primal human conflict, me versus the other.
'A person who considers himself superior, inferior or even the equal of another does not understand reality.'
About the makers
Casper Vandeputte has become well-known in recent years with theatre in which he manages to make major political and philosophical themes personally palpable.
Vincent van der Valk has developed into a leading actor, both on stage and on the big screen and television. His work is characterised by intense acting, phenomenal text handling and an ever-present lightness.
Cello Octet Amsterdam is an adventurous collective of cellists that stands for new music and interdisciplinary performances, often with social themes.
Anthony Fiumara is one of the most performed Dutch composers. He has written music for a number of international soloists and ensembles, as well as for theatre and dance. Since 2018, he has been head professor of composition at Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg.
Theatre Utrecht is Utrecht's city company and makes explicitly engaged theatre, focusing on existential themes. Always in a new narrative, and in new forms.