Compagnia Yan Duyvendak

After Geneva, Basel, Lugano, Paris, Marseille, Berlin, Vienna, Rome, Cagliari, Rio de Janeiro, “Please, Continue (Hamlet)” arrives for the first time in Milan, with the extraordinary participation of: Umberto Ambrosoli, Alessandro Bastianello, Gherardo Colombo, Oscar Magi, Ilio Mannucci Pacini, Mario Mantero, Isabella Marenghi, Adriano Scudieri, Salvatore Scuto.

A news story: a young man kills his fiancée’s father during a wedding ceremony, she accuses him, he defends himself, saying it was an accident.

A real President of the Criminal Section of the Court of Milan, a real Public Prosecutor, a real defence lawyer for the accused, a real defence lawyer for the civil party stage the trial. The accused is called Hamlet, the accuser Ophelia, the witness Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother and they are played by actors. Everything else is real. The verdict is pronounced by a popular jury of spectators chosen from the audience. Those who act on stage do not follow a script, do not act, but listen to witnesses, assess expert opinions, judge facts.

A subtle play between fiction and reality. An exemplary case that merges into a true story. A dramaturgy of reality and at the same time a great tragic plot transposed to the contemporary era. Please, continue (Hamlet), brings the legal system to the stage, to explore the relationship between the application of justice and the eternally elusive question of what truth is. As in Antiquity – when theatre was one of the most important places of the polis and politics – Yan Duyvendak and Roger Bernat invent scenic devices that they then leave to the spectators. Their performances redefine the space of the self and of play: the stage becomes the agora – and vice versa.


Show starts at 7.30 p.m. (arrive at least 20 minutes beforehand)
Duration 3h with two breaks.
In collaboration with and c/o UniCredit Pavilion, Piazza Gae Aulenti 10
Limited places, booking recommended.


An idea by: Yan Duyvendak & Roger Bernat; with: Francesca Cuttica, Francesca Mazza, Benno Steinegger; and with: magistrates, lawyers and doctors from the Forum of Milan; set design in collaboration with: Sylvie Kleiber; direction and diffusion: Nataly Sugnaux Hernandez; communication and administration: Marine Magnin; production: Samuel Antoine; technical direction: Gaël Grivet; general direction: Thomas Köppel; translations: Daniela Almansi, Matilde Pasquon; production: Dreams Come True, Genève; co-production: Le Phénix Scène Nationale Valenciennes; Huis a/d Werf, Utrecht; Théâtre du GRÜ, Genève; performance created in residence at: Montévidéo, Marseille; Le Carré/Les Colonnes, Scène conventionnée, Saint-Médard-en-Jalles/Blanquefort; with the support of: Ville de Genève; République et canton de Genève; Pro Helvetia Fondation suisse pour la culture; Migros pour-cent culturel; Loterie Romande; Ministerio de Cultura-INAEM; Mécènes du sud, Marseille; Le Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil – centre dramatique national; CORODIS

Fiction and reality

Increasingly, theatre is returning to escape the physical and symbolic spaces designated for it and invade reality, illustrating it, using it and engaging in dialogue with it.

On stage – when it is a stage – actors rarely act, but rather performers, experts in everyday life, witnesses of events that really happened, or at least declared as such. Art opens up to the world and gives itself authenticity.

But what does authentic mean? What does it mean to talk about reality? Where is the boundary between fact and interpretation, reality and fiction, truth and mystification?

Speakers: Yan Duyvendak (director and performer), Boris Nikitin (director, author and curator of the festival “It’s the Real Thing”) and Oliviero Ponte di Pino (critic and expert in contemporary theatre)


foto: ©Marc Ginot


Yan Duyvendak – Born in Holland, he lives in Geneva and Marseille. Trained at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art Visuel in Geneva, he has been practising performance since 1995. His performances have been presented, for example, at the Fondation Cartier in Paris (Soirée Nomade, 1995), at the Festival for Performing Arts EXIT, Helsinki (2001), at Art Unlimited Basel (2002), at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid (Don’t Call it Performance, 2003), Guangju Biennial (2004), Image Forum, Tokyo (2005), Ménagerie de Verre, Paris (2006-2009), Vooruit, Ghent (2007), Avignon Festival (2008), and Thaterspektakel Zurich (2009). His video works enrich numerous public and private collections, from the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon to the Museum für Kommunikation in Bern.
Yan Duyvendak has received numerous awards, including (three times) the Swiss Art Award (2002, 2003, 2004), the Namics Kunstpreis für Neue Medien (2004) and the Network Kulturpreis (2006). In 2010, he received Switzerland’s most prestigious award for contemporary art, the Meret Oppenheim Preis. He has been invited numerous times as an artist in residence, for example to the Cité des Arts in Paris, Atelier Schönhauser in Berlin and Pro Helvetia’s Swiss Artistic Studio in Cairo (2007, 2008, 2009).

Boris Nikitin – 1979, Basel, Switzerland. Director, author and theatre designer, artistic director of the festival “It’s The Real Thing”. He studied at the theatre academy in Giessen, Germany. His works are produced and hosted by small independent theatres and the most important permanent theatres in several German cities, including Kaserne Basel, HAU, Gessnerallee, Theater Freiburg, Schauspielhaus Graz, Ruhrtriennale. Some of his projects, such as ‘Imitation of Life’ and ‘Woyzeck’, have been touring internationally for years. His works move along the border and the area of intersection between performance and theatre, fiction and reality, illusion and documentation, amateurism and acting virtuosity, constantly questioning the codes of theatrical creation and fruition. They alternate between conceptual elements and highly theatrical situations. Context often plays a decisive role and not infrequently his works move in the scientific sphere (e.g. “Universal Export” and “Woyzeck”). His directions are conceived and constructed together with the performers/actors, whose personalities and biographies are often at the centre of the performance itself (“F for Fake”, “Imitation of Life”, “Sänger ohne Schatten”). For three years he has been the artistic director of the festival “It’s The Real Thing – Basler Dokumentartage”, dedicated to the most innovative theatrical and performance works with a documentary approach.

Oliviero Ponte di Pino has worked in publishing for over thirty years and was editorial director of Garzanti from 2001 to 2012. He has written for newspapers and magazines and produced radio and television programmes for RAI. He has organised festivals (Sussurri o grida in Milan, Forme del pensiero che ride in Genoa), curated exhibitions (Il nuovo teatro in Italia 1975-1988, 1988, the theatre section of the Trash exhibition, the “stanza del teatro” at Annisettanta), and planned cultural and entertainment initiatives (Maratona di Milano, Subway Letteratura). Since 2014 he has been a member of the MiBACT Theatre Advisory Commission.
He teaches Literature and Philosophy of Theatre at the Brera Academy and Fundamentals of Modern and Contemporary Theatre at IULM. Since 2012 he has curated the BookCity Milano programme and in 2001 he founded the website
His books include Il nuovo teatro italiano (1988), Enciclopedia pratica del comico (1996), Chi non legge questo libro è un imbecille (1999, new edition 2014), Il quaderno del Vajont (with Marco Paolini, 1999), I mestieri del libro (2008), Romeo Castellucci e Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio (2013), Le Buone Pratiche del Teatro (with Mimma Gallina, 2014), Comico e politico. Beppe Grillo and the crisis of democracy (2014), Milan. Tutti i teatri (with Maddalena Giovannelli, 2015).


After the success of Focus Balkans in 2013 with the performance Eden by Slovenian artist Mala Kline and the theatre show Odio la verità – MRZIM ISTINU by Croatian director Oliver Frljić and of Focus Germany in 2014 with the itinerant performance Remote Milano by Rimini Protokoll, ZONA K opens the 15/16 season with the by now customary European appointment, this year entirely dedicated to Switzerland.

Leading artist for this new ZONA K event is
Cie Yan Duyvendak with his performance
PLEASE, CONTINUE (HAMLET) for the first time in Milan.

The Helvetic Union is currently one of the richest countries in terms of innovative and high-quality proposals.
Among the infinite number of possible proposals, we have chosen the most successful projects in terms of innovation, attention to the present and the ability to look at, use and interpret the reality that surrounds us.

Looking at Switzerland allows us to continue to talk about Europe, but from a particular point of view, that of a country that is at the centre of it, is culturally part of it, indeed it includes three of the main linguistic groups, but does not belong to it administratively.

Here are the events.

23 November 2015 h. 18.00 – at Centro Svizzero di Milano
Centro Studi Politica Estera e Opinione Pubblica dell’Università degli Studi di Milano
Speakers: Sergio Romano e Lino Terlizzi; Moderator: Alfredo Canavero.

27 November 2015 h. 18.30
[meeting with aperitif]
Speakers: Yan Duyvendak (director and performer), Boris Nikitin (director, author, set designer and curator of the “It’s the Real Thing” festival) and Oliviero Ponte di Pino (critic, contemporary theatre expert)

27 November 2015 h. 21.00
Milo Rau / IIPM
[documentary film]

29 November 2015 h. 21.00
Milo Rau / IIPM
[documentary film]

29, 30 November 2015 h. 19.30
Compagnia Yan Duyvendak
With the exceptional participation of: Umberto Ambrosoli, Alessandro Bastianello, Gherardo Colombo, Oscar Magi, Ilio Mannucci Pacini, Mario Mantero, Isabella Marenghi, Adriano Scudieri, Salvatore Scuto.

2 December 2015 h. 19.00 vernissage
3 – 20 December 2015 (Mon-Fri) h. 10.00 – 19.00
Collettivo Ingwer / Camilla Parini e Chiara Caterina
[photo exhibition]

2 December 2015 h. 21.00
Collettivo Ingwer / Camilla Parini
[dancing theatre]