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General Director of International Theatre Amsterdam

Ivo van Hove

Belgium, 1958

Ivo van Hove is General Director of International Theatre Amsterdam (former Toneelgroep Amsterdam) since 2001. He was artistic director of the Holland Festival from 1998 to 2004. Works Van Hove has directed include Angels in America, a staged version of Yanagihara’s A Little Life, Shakespeare’s Roman tragedies and Kings of War, Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage and Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, Visconti’s Obsession with Jude Law at the Barbican, and recently West Side Story on Broadway. With David Bowie and Enda Walsh he created Lazarus. Opera credits include The Makropulos Case, Salome for Dutch National Opera, Boris Godunov and Don Giovanni for Paris Opéra, world premiere Brokeback Mountain for Teatro Real Madrid, Macbeth for Opéra de Lyon, La clemenza di Tito and Idomeneo for La Monnaie, Brussels, Mazepa for Komische Oper Berlin and Mahagonny in Festival Aix en Provence. Van Hove has received many international accolades including two Tony Awards and two Olivier Awards and many awards in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. He is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, received the Flemish Culture Prize for Overall Cultural Merit (2015) and has been made a Commander of the Order of the Crown by King Filip of Belgium. In 2019 he was awarded the Dutch state art prize; the Johannes Vermeer prize.

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