A Dutch-Belgian theatre, opera, television and film director, Ivo van Hove has been making work on some of the most prestigious international stages for the past twenty years. He proclaims he has no interest in watching classic plays or operas as they would have been staged at the time of their writing, and radically reimagines in his productions the world in which the action is taking place, placing it firmly in modern times. Ingeniously imaginative, he experiments with form and style in every production; he often integrates onstage action with large-scale projections and immerses the audience in the action. His production of Arthur Miller's 'A View from the Bridge' is currently playing at the Young Vic Theatre in London.
'Ivo van Hove's work has been groundbreaking in opening up audiences' understanding of classic texts and films. His work is unique, raw, shocking, surprising, hilarious – everything you want theatre to be – and he doesn't shy away from the ugly or the profane. In a word, Stunning, with a capital 'S'.' Cate Blanchett
Photo 1: Ivo van Hove
Photo 2: A production photo from the opera of 'Macbeth' directed by Ivo van Hove at Opéra National de Lyon in 2012. Photo © Jean-Pierre Maurin
Photo 3: Another photo from the opera of 'Macbeth' directed by Ivo van Hove at Opéra National de Lyon in 2012. Photo © Jean-Pierre Maurin
Photo 4: Production photo from Tennessee Williams' 'A Streetcar Named Desire' directed by Ivo van Hove at the New York Theater Workshop in 1999. Photo © Sara Krulwich/The New York Times
Photo 5: Antonioni Project by Toneelgroep Amsterdam, directed by Ivo van Hove, at the Barbican, London in 2011. Photo © Tristram Kenton for the Guardian
Photo 6: Production photo from Arthur Miller's 'A View from the Bridge' directed by Ivo van Hove, currently playing at the Young Vic Theatre in London. Photo © Jan Versweyveld.