“During these exceptional moments, these ecstatic moments, we are reminded of theatre’s greatness, of its irreplacable humanity.” - Philippe Chevilley in Les Échos, 7th December 2015
One of the most moving mourning poems in Dutch literature by writer Jeroen Brouwers, staged by Guy Cassiers and brought to life on stage by a phenomenal Dirk Roofthooft. Sunken Red is a prayer, litany, elegy, farewell letter, ode, curse, cry of despair, self-pitying lament … all these things in one moving, harsh and poetical narration.
Jeroen Brouwers wrote Bezonken rood (1981) in the weeks following his mother’s death. In 1943, three-year-old Jeroen Brouwers was imprisoned in the women’s Tjideng Camp (now Jakarta) with his sister, his mother and his grandmother. The writer talks about how the camp did permanent damage to his relationship with his mother and how every new love affair breaks down under the weight of that experience.
Rojo Reposado, Sunken Red, Rouge décanté: since its première in 2004 Bezonken rood has pretty well travelled the world. Dirk Roofthooft has performed the monologue in Dutch, French, English and Spanish and in Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Canada, the United States of America, Poland, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Luxembourg, Germany, the Czech Republic and Taiwan.
“Sunken Red is remarkable in every respect. Here Guy Cassiers employs all of the magic of his multi-media, multi-sensory theatre. And then there’s Dirk Roofthooft’s performance, he is an extraordinary actor who descends to the heart of human darkness. Deeply moving."- Fabienne Darge in Le Monde, 4th December 2015
« An incontestably great moment, one to revisit, rediscover and share." - Armelle Hélio in Figaro Scope, 2nd December 2015