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“I don’t do anything. I don’t touch her. Football is about emotion and we’re happy,” says Leopold Steels, president of an imaginary Dutch ladies’s soccer crew, when he’s proven on a telephone the sequence of the kiss on the mouth he has simply given to one of many gamers, winners of a nationwide championship. The victory has been a shock and Leopold is delighted. Especially for the reason that metal firm on whose board he sits sponsors the sports activities crew. “Have you not thought about consent?” asks his son, HJ. “We’re in a different era.” From then on, The kiss (The Kiss) the play directed by Erris van Ginkel for the unbiased firm TG Toetssteen, recovers the echo of the conduct of the previous president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales, with the participant Jenni Hermoso.

For Van Ginkel, the corporate's inventive director, it began when he noticed on tv what occurred with Rubiales on August 20, on the Australia Stadium in Sydney, after the Spanish ladies's crew's victory within the World Cup. “I'm a sports fan and it seemed strange to me. However, what is behind the kiss to the player Hermoso is the deep-rooted abuse of power against women,” he says, on the telephone. He thinks that the state of affairs was considerably complicated at first, though he already had in thoughts the allegations of sexual harassment uncovered in January 2022 within the Dutch competitors The Voice).

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The musical competitors, which originated within the Netherlands in 2010 and was tailored in different international locations, together with Spain, was briefly suspended by the RTL tv community. “The scandal changed the idea of ​​sexual abuse on a national scale. The kiss, on the other hand, could initially be viewed differently,” says Van Ginkel. Writing the play was subsequently “like peeling back the layers of a universal issue.” The creator Roos Schlikker additionally participated within the playwriting. A Spanish adaptation of the play is deliberate for this October in Madrid.

The protagonist of The kiss He is a person who goes “from the initial euphoria of the players’ triumph to a crisis, to end up losing everything,” explains the creator, a couple of days earlier than the corporate goes on stage on Friday in Amsterdam. It is the final efficiency earlier than the summer time break and the seats, organized within the Badhuistheater, a former bathhouse, are full. Most are feminine spectators. “Although my character, Leopold, is a man who is very excited about the success of the players, and then loses everything,” explains the creator, a couple of days earlier than the corporate goes on stage on Friday in Amsterdam. [Harm Witteveen] “He is not Rubiales, he does not understand what he has done either,” says the playwright. “But this kiss is nothing. When we sang in the choir, they touched us everywhere, didn’t they?” says Fleur (Marieke Fransen), Leopold’s spouse, at one level within the efficiency.

The Toetssteen theatre group is an unbiased firm that performs primarily Dutch repertoire. It is greater than 30 years previous and began as an beginner ensemble. Van Ginkel says that working with this group permits him to place collectively productions in a short time. “This is very useful when there are burning social issues.” The kissreopens previous household wounds and presents a private breakdown and a generational conflict with room for shouting, hugging and even punching. At first, Leopold is elated by the victory of the ladies's crew. Without warning, his brother Lammert (Carlo van Munster), an activist in opposition to polluting corporations, arrives, shaken. The wives of each and HJ, Leopold's son, along with his girlfriend, full the solid. The battle over the kiss is compounded by sibling rivalries, the younger man's lament over the shortage of paternal consideration, the stress between the sisters-in-law, and the complaints about dangerous emissions in opposition to Leopold's metal firm.

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The strain mounts all through the evening to the purpose that Leopold, cornered, finally ends up calling all of them hypocrites. There is laughter and tears; the recurring presence of some horrible natural wines bought by Leopold's spouse; confessions of loves reduce quick by cowardice between Leopold and his sister-in-law, Bea (Linda Tordoir); a girlfriend (Carlijn Droppert) midway between bewilderment and repulsion; and a a number of outburst of bodily violence. The lights underline the motion with out interfering, and the music performs on the rhythm that the actors demand with their gestures. The blows of everybody in opposition to everybody, which finish on the ground or crying, additionally function a catharsis. As if a crack had been opened in an invisible wall via which actuality penetrates: the metal firm stops sponsoring the soccer membership and Leopold loses every part.

Fade to black, after which, within the shadows, with the household scattered and battered, there’s a trace of rapprochement between father and son (Jelle Ozinga). The younger man remembers a contented second in his childhood, when he went to the seaside along with his mother and father and every part was harmonious and promising for the long run. What he doesn't know is that his mother and father do not forget that day by the ocean with equal depth, though they didn't know the way to maintain its mild alive. The seaside ball that the daddy carries at the start of the play, and throws to the spectators, reappears. In the misfortune, father and son keep in mind the previous day on the sand, stellar in its simplicity. Perhaps this a part of their lives will be mounted. The ball reappears and is thrown again to the viewers because the lights exit.

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