IVO VAN HOVE NEW INTENDANT AT THE RUHRTRIENNALE FESTIVAL
Today, it has been announced that Ivo Van Hove, director of Fanny och Alexander, will become the new intendant of the Ruhrtriennale for the 2024-2026 term. On November 1, 2023, he will succeed current artistic director Barbara Frey. Van Hove will also continue his directorial and management duties at Internationaal Toneel Amsterdam.
The Ruhrtriennale has been held since 2002, when former La Monnaie director Gerard Mortier became its founding artistic director. For four weeks during summertime, this prestigious arts festival transforms the Ruhr area into a place where international music theatre, theatre, dance and concerts are staged in former factories and industrial buildings
Ivo Van Hove: 'I am honoured to become the intendant of this fantastic international arts festival, which within a short period of time brings together so many artists from all over the world. For me personally, it means going 'back to my roots' to the early 1980s when I was producing theatre with Jan Versweyveld in unconventional places such as harbour warehouses, an old laundry, a cellar and even living rooms. The Ruhrtriennale offers me the opportunity to put music theatre and theatre in particular at the heart of the programme. Each year, I will be directing a production with the ITA ensemble that will have its world premiere during the arts festival.'