Ons Wereldrijk, Amsterdam 25-2-2020
Geschiedenis is nog nooit zo leuk geweest! De manier waarop Hotel Modern in Ons Wereldrijk de geschiedenis vertelt is indrukwekkend. Bij binnenkomst in de theaterzaal zag je de enorme maquettes al staan. Dat beloofde al veel goeds. Op het grote scherm zie je de beelden die live worden gefilmd op het podium. De aankomst van de Nederlanders op Java, Ambon en Banda wordt op een heldere manier verteld met ruimte voor humor en spektakel. Na de voorstelling mag je een kijkje nemen op de speelvloer om de maquettes van dichtbij te aanschouwen. Wij kunnen niet anders zeggen dan: ga het zien!
De Grote Oorlog, Rotterdam 15-3-2019
“Hoe vaker je sterft, hoe intenser je leeft.” Vanavond in Theater Rotterdam de voorstelling De Grote oorlog van Hotel Modern gezien. Ben er stil van. Wat onwaarschijnlijk mooi gemaakt!
Kamp, Los Angeles 24-9-2018
The performance was powerful. How does one find a new language to speak about the Holocaust? This is what, it seems to me, that the creators of this piece were looking for, and found. We, the audience, were totally absorbed through the hour-long production. Afterwards, we could go up on stage to view the set and talk with the creators, but many of us, myself included, first remained in our seats for several minutes. One of the creators spoke about her grandfather, who died at Auschwitz. A young woman from the audience spoke about the frightening parallels to the dehumanization of other human beings that happens today. Later, getting back in my car and driving out into the city night: I still felt as if I were a bit in some alternate space — how could the two realities be true, what we had just witnessed, and this “normal” city night? I was glad to be with a friend, and we came back to my apartment and talked for a long while about it all. Many many thanks again.
Kamp, Toronto 16-4-2017
I attended Kamp on Friday night. I was the one sitting in the front who asked Pauline the question about how her personal emotional relationship to the material evolved over years of performances. […] As you can imagine, the performance was exceptional moving and affective. Thank you so much for the creation and endurance to continue to perform something so physically and mentally demanding that is also extremely intelligent, poetic and sensitive. From sound design to the scope and choices of construction material, the piece is a marvel of design, cinematography and theatre. From the bottom of my heart, as a grandchild of survivors, I can’t thank you enough.