Music theatre
16.8.-30.8.2024
Jahrhunderthalle Bochum

Sandra Hüller sings songs by the legendary singer-songwriter PJ Harvey

One woman. Her journey. Her decisions. Sandra Hüller (Oscar nominee for Anatomy of a Fall) sings and acts the leading role, embarking on an epic journey through extreme emotional and mental landscapes. She is joined by dancers, including some from the Ballet national de Marseille, directed by the revolutionary artistic collective (LA)HORDE, Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer and Arthur Harel who also co-choreographed Madonna’s Celebration Tour. We follow the protagonist’s attempts to become her true self, defying the roles and expectations society has for her. She reinvents herself in every encounter, every relationship and every city. With I Want Absolute Beauty Ivo Van Hove opens Ruhrtriennale 2024. This emphatic music theatre production with chosen songs by alternative rock star PJ Harvey shows how we can overcome obstacles, grow from them and finally accept that we can only take life as it comes. And that can feel really good!

Produced by Ruhrtriennale in partnership with Ballet national de Marseille direction (LA)HORDE.

„There’s no greater thing for me than to feel like I’ve been able to give something of value to other people in this world.“
PJ Harvey

Cast

  • Conceived and directed by
    • Ivo Van Hove
  • Choreography
    • (LA)HORDE - Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer, Arthur Harel
  • Set Design, Lighting Design
    • Jan Versweyveld
  • Video Design
    • Christopher Ash
  • Costume Design
    • An D'Huys
  • Sound Design
    • Tom Gibbons
  • Musical direction
    • Liesa Van der Aa
  • Dramaturgical advice
    • Koen Tachelet
  • Associate Bühnenbild
    • Bart Van Merode
  • Associate Light Design
    • Dennis van Scheppingen
  • Associate Sound Design
    • Erwin Sterk
  • Assistant Director
    • Phillip Decker
  • Assistant Choreography
    • Jacquelyn Elder ,
    • Julien Monty
  • Assistant Costume Design
    • Belza Beausoleil
  • With
    • Sandra Hüller (Play / Singing) ,
    • Louka Gailliez ,
    • Casper Tveteraas Hauge ,
    • Timothy Firmin ,
    • Tristan Sagon ,
    • Nahimana Vandenbussche ,
    • Luca Völkel ,
    • Evan Sagadencky ,
    • Emma Savoldelli-Harris ,
    • Jens van der Pijl ,
    • Efua Maria Aikins ,
    • Sarah Abicht
  • Band
    • Liesa Van der Aa ,
    • Anke Verslype ,
    • Neil Claes ,
    • Alban Sarens
  • Production Manager Ruhrtriennale
    • Stefanie Hiltl
  • Technical Project Manager Ruhrtriennale
    • Georg Bugiel
  • Technician
    • Harald Adams ,
    • Konrad Anger ,
    • Steven Böhm ,
    • Sascha Brandt ,
    • Willi Eidam ,
    • Desirée García López ,
    • Bruno Grotsch ,
    • Leif Hetfeld ,
    • Severino Jurischka ,
    • Andreas Korogonas ,
    • Frank Kostadimas ,
    • Torben Krol ,
    • Daniel Lein ,
    • Franzi Luhn ,
    • Ole Meißner ,
    • Gerd Mikuscheit ,
    • Fernando Quartana ,
    • Stefan Rausch ,
    • Uwe Renken ,
    • Stephan Schneppel ,
    • Alma Schraer ,
    • Ralph Schwarzenauer ,
    • Stephanie von Porbeck ,
    • Dominik Wegmann ,
    • Christoph Wüst
  • Dressing, collaboration costumes
    • Sabine Höhfeld ,
    • Paula de la Haye ,
    • Laura Effsing ,
    • Natalie Soroko ,
    • Renate Wellershausen

Visit

  • Language

    English with German surtitles

  • Supporters

    Suuported by Ammodo.

  • Run time

    1 h 20 min

  • Introduction

    An introduction will take place in the upper foyer of the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum one hour before the start of each event.

  • Waiting list and price categories
  • Bring Your Friends

Directions and arrival

Jahrhunderthalle Bochum
An der Jahrhunderthalle 1
44793 Bochum

  • Public transport and KombiTicket
  • Directions
  • Bike rental metropolradruhr
  • Accessibility at the venue

  • Access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Audio description and haptic tour
  • Hearing support
  • Sign language translation
  • Festival team on site
  • Dates and Tickets
    August
    Fri 16.8.2024
    20 p.m. Music theatre Jahrhunderthalle Bochum
    Sat 17.8.2024
    Sun 18.8.2024
    Thu 22.8.2024
    Fri 23.8.2024
    Sat 24.8.2024
    Sun 25.8.2024
    Thu 29.8.2024
    Fri 30.8.2024

    Festival Stories

    INTO THE UNKNOWN

    Poet and singer-songwriter PJ Harvey and Intendant of Ruhrtriennale Ivo Van Hove in conversation