Where else to work on Fanny och Alexander than on Fårö, where Ingmar Bergman lived and worked for more than 40 years? Since 2010, the Bergman Estate, founded by his youngest daughter Linn Ullmann, has managed his houses and properties on the Swedish island as a non-commercial place of work, inspiration and contemplation for performers, creators and academics from around the world. Librettist Royce Vavrek and composer Mikael Karlsson were in residence there for nearly a month this summer. They were welcomed to the island by none other than Ingmar Bergman junior (left on photo) and some of the work on the text was done at the filmmaker's very own desk, which has been preserved in its original state.
Fanny och Alexander
Ivo van Hove
Set and light design
Premiere: December 2024
In its complete version, originally intended as a mini-series for television, Fanny och Alexander lasts about 5 hours. If that makes you wonder whether this work actually lends itself to a theatrical adaptation, you should know that Ingmar Bergman himself wrote a version for the stage. For those interested: the piece is currently being performed at the Comédie Française in Paris....
Bergman has always stuck with me, because his films are at the same time harsh and tender. They can be bitter, they look life straight into the eye, but in this they always remain humane.
Ivo van Hove
With Fanny och Alexander, Ivo van Hove is not entering unknown territory. The celebrated Belgian director has already made several theatrical adaptations of films by Ingmar Bergman: Scenes from a Marriage (2005), Cries and Whispers (2009), After the Rehearsal / Persona (2013).