-After the Rehearsal/Persona by Toneelgroep Amsterdam: Sept 3-5 Fringe Arts Philadelphia
-Antigone: 24 sept- 4 okt BAM/New Wave Festival
-A View from the Bridge: previews starting October 21 and premieres November 12 at the Lyceum Theatre
-Lazarus: by David Bowie and Enda Walsh winter 2015 New York Theatre Workshop
Fringe Arts Philadelphia
“The rehearsals were very intense and very emotional because it was about our own life in the theater and all the joy, tensions, problems that come from it. I consider this production one of our best ever made.” Ivo Van Hove, director of After the Rehearsal/Persona
“At his best—which is the level he is consistently operating on these days—Mr. van Hove brings us so close to a work’s white-hot emotional center that it burns as it never has before.” Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Art and reality, illness and normality: two Ingmar Bergman screenplays are reimagined brilliantly for the stage by celebrated Dutch director Ivo van Hove and set designer Jan Versweyveld. This theatrical diptych, with each play delving into the messy lives of theater artists, features deeply emotional and physical performances to match layered psychological drama of Bergman’s texts.
Photo by Jan Verswyveld
In After the Rehearsal director Hendrik Vogler organizes his life within the confines of the theater. His life is his work: rehearsals like notes in his diary, performances his autobiography. All emotions are submitted to his control. Yet life and reality cannot be kept at bay: love, birth, decay, and death seep into his sanctum in the persons of Anna, his former lover and star actress, and Rachel, her daughter and his current star.
In Persona an actress falls mute during a performance of Electra and has not spoken since. As if a short circuit has gone off in her brain, she cannot distinguish between the roles she plays in real life and the ones she plays on stage. But does she have a condition or is she merely assuming another role? The star-struck nurse who cares for her idolizes the actress at first, only to develop a deep resentment towards a woman for whom real emotions and experience serve only as research. Persona is played out in hospital and beside a lake, represented by a 10,000 gallon, full-stage pool of water.
*September 3: Post-show Talk back with dramaturg Peter van Kraaij moderated by Tom Sellar
BAM/New Wave Festival
24 sept – 4 okt
In a new translation by Anne Carson
Barbican and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
Directed by Ivo van Hove
Should love or law guarantee the dignity of the dead? With unvarnished intensity, Oscar-winning actor Juliette Binoche (In-I, 2009 Next Wave), Olivier-winning director Ivo van Hove (Angels in America, 2014 Next Wave), and poet and MacArthur fellow Anne Carson—offering a new colloquial translation—pare Sophokles’ great question to the tragic bone. In Thebes, Antigone has refuted King Kreon’s (Patrick O’Kane) order: that her traitorous brother’s body be left to rot outside the city gates. Vast monochrome videoscapes of sun and moon, sand and snow provide the backdrop to Van Hove’s taut, unsentimental account of a woman who, as removed from life as she is from death, ends up taking both into her own hands.
Set design and lighting by Jan Versweyveld
Costume design by An d’Huys
Video design by Tal Yarden
Dramaturgy by Peter van Kraaij
Composition and sound design by Daniel Freitag
The Lyceum Theatre
Previews October 21. Premiere November 12
“Ivo van Hove reinvents Arthur Miller – it’s like watching a runaway train hurtle towards you”
A View from the Bridge transfers to the West End for a strictly limited season, with a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (The Imitation Game, Before I Go To Sleep). Don’t miss this “magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold” production which sold out even before it opened at the Young Vic last spring.
The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal. The visionary Ivo van Hove directs this stunning production of Miller’s tragic masterpiece, ahead of his adaptation of Antigone with Juliette Binoche at the Barbican.
Click here to see what audiences have been saying about the show in the West End and the response to the production at the Young Vic in 2014.
Producers Scott Rudin and the Lincoln Center Theater have announced that the sell out Olivier Award-winning revival of Arthur Miller’s drama A View From The Bridge will transfer to Broadway, opening at the Lyceum Theatre on 12 November 2015, following previews from 21 October for a limited 18-week run to 21 February 2016.
On Monday, November 23, from 6:30 – 7:45 PM, Van Hove will take the The New York Times – TimesTalks stage together with actor Mark Strong, following the Broadway opening of their sensational revival of “A View From the Bridge.”
Photo by Tristram Kenton
Directed by Ivo van Hove, the cast for the production will include Mark Strong (Eddie Carbone), Nicola Walker (Beatrice), Phoebe Fox (Catherine), Emun Elliott (Marco), and Michael Gould (Alfieri). The production has scenic and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld and costume design by An D’Huys. Additional casting and design team will be announced at a later date.
New York Theatre Workshop
November 18 – January 17
Tickets for LAZARUS are sold out! A limited number of tickets are available to members of the patron program, the Society of Repeat Defenders. MORE INFO
New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker) announced that the 2015/16 season will include the world premiere of LAZARUS, by David Bowie and Enda Walsh (ONCE, Tony Award) inspired by the novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, directed by Ivo van Hove (Hedda Gabler, More Stately Mansions, Obie Awards). LAZARUS will begin performances in Winter 2015, following the previously announced world premiere of FONDLY, COLLETTE RICHLAND, a new play from NYTW’s acclaimed Company-in-Residence Elevator Repair Service (The Sound and the Fury, The Select, Gatz).
Following his revelatory production of Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage, the internationally acclaimed director Ivo van Hove returns to New York Theatre Workshop with a new production, LAZARUS by David Bowie and Enda Walsh. Mr. Walsh makes his return to NYTW after the successful run of Once. LAZARUS features songs specially composed by Mr. Bowie for this production as well as new arrangements of previously recorded songs. LAZARUS is inspired by the 1963 novel, The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis, and centers on the character of Thomas Newton, famously portrayed by Mr. Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation directed by Nicolas Roeg.
NYTW’s Obie and Lortel award-winning company-in-residence Elevator Repair Service crosses theatrical boundaries once again with the remarkable world premiere play FONDLY, COLLETTE RICHLAND by Sibyl Kempson. Best known for their bold interpretations of classic American literature (The Sound and the Fury, The Select, Gatz), this visionary company breaks new ground in its first collaboration with a living playwright – an NYTW Usual Suspect with a singularly inventive new voice. Kempson creates an imaginative world brought to life by ERS’s unforgettable ensemble of actors under the direction of ERS Artistic Director John Collins, and with original haunting compositions played live by Mike Iveson. Mr. and Mrs. “Fritz” Fitzhubert are at home in a wintry town in everyday America when they are summoned through a wee little secret door in their living room. On the other side, they find themselves in an Alpen hotel populated by mysterious employees, guests and relatives who coax them into souvenir shopping, perilous hikes and, ultimately, the assumption of ancient identities. When eventually they return home from this phantasmagorical world, they find their lives forever altered.