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Ivo van Hove

Theatre and Opera director Ivo van Hove (Belgium, 1958) has held central positions in Dutch-Belgian cultural life, first as the head of Het Zuidelijk Toneel in Eindhoven from 1990 to 2000 and from 2001 as general director of the Toneelgroep Amsterdam (TA). This is the country's prime theatre company and the official municipal theatre company of Amsterdam.

At TA he directed work from i.a. Kushner, Shakespeare, Cassavetes, Visconti, Antonioni, Bergman, Cocteau, Molière, O'Neill, Tsjechov, Schiller, Couperus and Ayn Rand.

His work has been presented at international festivals such as Wiener Festwochen, the Edinburgh International Festival and Festival d'Avignon, but also on West End, and Broadway. He directed opera’s at De Vlaamse Opera, De Nederlandse Opera and De Munt/La Monnai. Along with his frequent guest directing at the New York Theatre Workshop, Van Hove has directed companies from the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, the Schaubuehne in Berlin and the Münchner Kammerspiele. In 2014 he staged the world premiere of the opera “Brokeback Mountain” at Teatro Real. In 2015 the musical “Lazarus” (in collaboration with David Bowie) in New York, and “A View from the Bridge” at West End, Paris and Broadway. In 2016 he directed “The Crucible” (Broadway) and “Les Damnés” at La Comédie-Française.

Van Hove has received many accolades, including two Obie Awards for off-Broadway productions in New York (“More Stately Mansions” and “Hedda Gabler”), the Flanders Oeuvre Prize, the Theatre Festival Prize and the Archangel Award at the Edinburgh Festival. He was made a knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France in 2004. In 2007 he received the Prize awarded by the Dutch theatre critics. In 2008 he received the Prosceniumprijs (the Dutch oeuvre prize), together with Jan Versweyveld, his stage designer for many years and the Amsterdam Business Oeuvre Award. In 2014 Van Hove received an honorary doctorate for general merit of the University of Antwerp and the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award. In 2015 he won two Olivier Awards for “A View from the Bridge” and - together with Jan Versweyveld - the Amsterdam Award for the Arts. This year he will receive The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing, as the first non-English director.

For the RuhrTriennale he directed “Rocco und seine Brüder” (2008), “Teorema” (2009) and “Die stille Kraft” (2015).