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Sea of Silence

Floor Houwink ten Cate / Frascati Producties
Tue 12 Apr ’22 - Sat 2 Jul ’22
A cinematic performance about something that only makes the news in extreme cases: mental and physical violence in (intimate) relationships.
Tue 12 Apr ’22
Sat 2 Jul ’22

“Silence is the ocean of the unsaid, the unspeakable, the repressed, the erased, the unheard. It surrounds the scattered islands made up of those allowed to speak and of what can be said and who listens. Each of us has his or her own sea of unspoken words.” Rebecca Solnit

Somewhere in a remote town, high on a cliff by the sea, lives a family. Their life is unspectacular, until they close the curtains, and the circus of violence begins. As the sea crashes against the cliff to the rhythm of the tide, the clown manipulates the audience again and again, the acrobat balances on the tightrope and the monster roars as he comes out of his cage. But the sea level is rising, and the wave of oppression and powerlessness is slowly but surely reaching the family's lips.

Sea of ​​Silence is a cinematic family epic about a cycle of mental and physical violence in which the perspective on perpetrator and victimhood constantly tilts.

Director Floor Houwink ten Cate and writer Esther Duysker turn what is normally seen as a private matter - domestic violence - into a public affair. They write an operatic and psychological love story about the loss of autonomy and regaining it. Floor has once again collaborated with opera composer and singer Annelinde Bruijs for Sea of ​​Silence. With Annelinde, she is steadily building a new, socio-political opera form in which she questions the classical views on opera and transforms them into large vulnerable gestures.

Premiere thu april 14th 2022

About Floor Houwink ten Cate

Theater maker Floor Houwink ten Cate (1987) makes documentary-cinematic performances about contemporary icons, unprecedented phenomena and personal questions of conscience. After a bachelor's degree at the Netherlands Film Academy, she graduated from Utrecht University with a master's degree in Theater Studies. She became a newcomer to Orkater and has been an artistic core member of the Nineties Productions collective since 2015 in which she made the performances Untitled, 2017 (BNG Bank Theaterprijs), Noir (2017) and Billy the Kid (2018). In addition, she was assistant director for Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot several times, did the final direction of Permanent Destruction: The HM Concert by Naomi Velissariou (Theater Utrecht, 2019) and the electro-opera Merkel (Nineties Productions & Orkater, 2019). Floor has made the switch to Frascati Productions to focus on her own artistic development.

concept, direction, scenography Floor Houwink ten Cate text Esther Duysker, Floor Houwink ten Cate composition Annelinde Bruijs play Annelinde Bruijs, Sjaid Foncé, Abke Haring, Benjamin Moen production Frascati Production


Sea of Silence goes on tour:

thu 21 apr
Ins Blau, Leiden
sat 23 apr
LUX, Nijmegen
thu 28 apr
De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg
fri 29 apr
Parktheater, Eindhoven
tue 10 may
Theater Kikker, Utrecht
wed 11 may
Theater Rotterdam Schouwburg, Rotterdam
thu 12 may
Het Nationale Theater, Den Haag
tue 07 june
Corrosia, Almere

In ‘Sea of silence’ giet regisseur Floor Houwink ten Cate een verhaal over huiselijk geweld in een vervreemdende vorm. Hierdoor ligt de nadruk op het perspectief van de kinderen, en komt het drama aan als een mokerslag.

★★★★ NRC