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Ivo van Hove - From Shakespeare to David Bowie

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Sonia Massai & Susan Bennett

Published by Methuen

Ivo van Hove is a Belgian theatre director known as the artistic director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam in the Netherlands and for his Off-Broadway avant-garde experimental theatre productions

This book offers a wealth of resources, critical overviews and detailed analysis of Ivo van Hove's internationally acclaimed work as the foremost director of theatre, opera and musicals in our time

Stunning production photos capture the power of van Hove's directorial vision, his innovative use of theatrical spaces, and the arresting stage images that have made his productions so popular among audiences worldwide over the last 30 years

Van Hove's own contribution to the book, which includes a foreword, interview and his director's notes for some of his most popular shows, makes this book a unique resource for students, scholars and for his fans across the different art forms in which he works.

An informative introduction provides an overview of van Hove's unique approach to directing

Its five sections are each individually curated by experts in the respective fields of Shakespeare, classical theatre, modern theatre, opera, musicals, film, and international festival curatorship

They offer readers a combination of critical insight and short excerpts by van Hove's collaborators, the actors in the ensemble companies van Hove works with in Amsterdam and New York, and by arts critics and reviewers

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword ; "My Life in Theatre" by Ivo van Hove

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Section One : Directing the Classics

Section Two : The Festival Performances of Ivo van Hove and Toneelgroep Amsterdam

Section Three : American Theatre

Section Four : Opera across Europe

Section Five : Creation, Adaptation, Direction

Selected Further Reading

Notes

Bibliography & Index

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