29|5|1938 - 5|9|2008
Een leven lang theater Theaterencyclopedie Ritsaert ten Cate

Volgens Mark Borkowski

A huge, open heart

Vriend en schrijver Mark Borkowski herinnert zich Ritsaert ten Cate na diens overlijden op zijn webblog: 

"Ritsaert had an open mind and more importantly a huge, open heart. Maybe that was because he was forged by different stuff, a collective of particles so astonishing, indecipherable and precious that they would only brush a chosen few souls. Time and authority tried to weather and erode him and although his countenance bore signs of strain, this was a deliberate camouflage used to confuse and confound.

Some thought Ritsaert’s face was like melted wax and yet his smile would burst out in a beaming radiance. He always seemed at peace; maybe that was because of the triumph of his principles. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “as we grow old…the beauty steals inward.” That certainly was the case with Ritsaert. There was nothing arrogant about him, he had an impossible dignity that bordered on the blessed which touched something inside anyone who came close to him. I know all humans were drawn to his understanding of creative “things”. We all knew somehow that Ritsaert had found a sightline beyond our own. A crazy obtuse angle that was the exceptional perspective."

Geciteerd van website MarkBorkowski.com.

 
Ritsaert ten Cate, 1985. Foto: Tony Thijs. Collectie Theater Instituut Nederland.
Ritsaert ten Cate, 1985. Foto: Tony Thijs. Collectie Theater Instituut Nederland.
 
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