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How can something be deeply, profoundly sad yet hilarious at the same time? Somehow Dutch theatre company Kassys has created a performance which is just that in this sly and surreal work, combining film and live performance in equal measure. KOMMER, Dutch for "sorrow," traces the intersecting paths of six people as they race through inventive evasions, slapstick parlor tricks and dialogue culled from a soap opera in their search for something human and familiar. Both formally daring and emotionally resonant, KOMMER sheds light upon private and public moments of human frailty with a tender touch.
Kassys is an Amsterdam-based theatre initiative of Liesbeth Gritter and Mette van der Sijs, founded in 1999. The company makes theatre, films, exhibitions and hybrid forms whose goal is to display the beauty of human success and failure with succinct language and an unconventional narrative structure.
KOMMER premiered in September 2003 and has toured throughout The Netherlands and Europe, receiving high critical praise. Kassys' first North American tour of KOMMER took place in January-February 2006 touring to: Hopkins Center/ Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH); On the Boards (Seattle, WA); Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater (New York, NY); Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN); and the Wexner Center for the Performing Arts (Columbus, OH).
In September 2007, KOMMER returned to the U.S. and was presented at: Myrna Loy Center (Helena, MT); Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (Portland, OR); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA); Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (College Park, MD); UMASS Fine Arts Center (Amherst, MA); and EMPAC at Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY).
KOMMER is a Kassys production, co-produced with Productiehuis [Frascati] in Amsterdam, Productiehuis Rotterdam (Rotterdamse Schouwburg) and Kunstencentrum de Vooruit in Gent, Belgium. Funded by Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten, hetveemtheater Amsterdam, wpZimmer Antwerpen, Terschellings Oerol, VSB Fonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.