Since his emergence from the Flemish avant-garde movement of the 1980s, Ivo van Hove's directorial career has crossed international boundaries, challenging established notions of theatre-making. He has brought radical interpretations of the classics to America and organic acting technique to Europe.
Ivo van Hove Onstage is the first full English language study of one of theatre's most prominent iconoclasts. It presents a comprehensive, multifaceted account of van Hove's extraordinary work, including key productions, design innovations, his revolutionary approach to text and ambience, and his relationships with specific theatres and companies.
David Willinger is a Professor of Theatre at the City College of New York and the Granduate Center (CUNY), USA.
Chronology VAN HOVE, VIRTUOSO By David Willinger PART I INTRODUCTION Progressions and Patterns When We Say Van Hove We Don't Mean It The Flemish and Dutch Historical Context Antecedents Antonin Artaud Patrice Chereau Rainer Werner Fassbinder PART II THE DIRECTOR SEEN FROM MULTIPLE ANGLES A THEATRE OF EXPERIMENTATION AND EXCESS Transcending Traditions, Violating Norms A Repertory From Left-Field Overkill Unlikely Casting Acting and Emotions: Not the Method or a Method The American Alchemy A POETICS OF PRECARIOUS THEATRICAL SPACE Tasteless Containment Chambers Chaos in the Walls and Under the Floorboards People in Glass Houses Hoarders On-Stage Where the Audience Becomes the Clutter Coming Full Circle to a Magic Circle Mix and Match The Brave New World PERSISTENT LEITMOTIFS OF GENDER A New Queer Aesthetic Sex Acts/Acting Sex The Difficult Woman Today's Man THE CONTINUUM BETWEEN AGIT-PROP AND AESTHETE LANGUAGE AND ITS DOUBLE SIGNATURES AND TICS The Highest Form of Flattery AT PRESENT More Stately Warhorses Safely Subversive The Impure PART III KEY PRODUCTIONS Wild Lords: A Defining Oeuvre de Jeunesse Desire Under the Elms: Cows Without Borders Splendid's: Artaud Resplendent Faces: Poor Theatre for Suburban Marriages A Massacre at Paris: Exercise in Style A Tale of Three Hedda Gablers True Love: Scabrous and Skittish Rocco and His Brothers: Taking the Gloves off For Love Cries and Whispers: Unbridled Pain Antonioni Project: Formal Intricacy Persona: Human Intimacy, Metaphysical Expanse Ludwig: Signs of Madness Edward II: How the Other Half Lives INTO THE FUTURE Endnotes Bibliography FROM MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA TO LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT: IVO VAN HOVE DIRECTS EUGENE O'NEILL By Johan Callens IVO VAN HOVE'S CINEMA ON-STAGE: RECONSTRUCTING THE CREATIVE PROCESS By Serge Goriely LOVE STILL IS LOVE EVEN WHEN IT LACKS HARMONY: ANTIGONE AND THE ATTEMPT TO HUMANIZE TRAGEDY By Charlotte Gruber REALITY OVERTAKES MYTH: IVO VAN HOVE STAGES DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN By Francis Maes KINGS OF WAR OR THE POWER GAME By Johan Thielemans ? APPENDICES APPENDIX 1: The Roman Tragedies Dossier "Staging the Twitter War" "The Politics of Distraction" APPENDIX 2: Theatre is the Artform of the 21st Century: Interview with Ivo van Hove By Johan Reyniers