Ivo Van Hove wins Flemish Culture Prize for service


The prolific stage director Ivo Van Hove, artistic director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam, has won this year’s Flemish Culture Prize for overall service to the arts

‘Deeply honoured’

Theatre and opera director Ivo Van Hove has been awarded this year’s Flemish Culture Prize for overall service, culture minister Sven Gatz announced.

Van Hove, who was born in Heist-op-den-Berg, Antwerp province, worked with a variety of Flemish theatre groups before taking over the leadership of Toneelgroep Amsterdam in 2001. He has since become a well-known guest director across Europe as well as in the US.

Van Hove won two Tony Awards this year for his New York production of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge. He was also nominated four times for his Miller production The Crucible.

This season Van Hove will be directing Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre in London, Salome at the Nederlandse Opera and three shows at Toneelgroep Amsterdam, including Obsession, an international co-production with the Barbican Centre, starring Jude Law. The musical Lazarus by Van Hove and David Bowie is also being staged in London at the end of this month.

The three Toneelgroep productions will also be performed at Kaaitheater in Brussels and Toneelhuis and deSingel in Antwerp. “The number of top-notch productions that Ivo Van Hove has created is incredible,” said Gatz. “They have resulted in prestigious prizes. As famous as he is worldwide, Ivo Van Hove has rightfully merited this Flemish Culture Prize”.

“‘I am deeply honoured with this prestigious prize,” said Van Hove. “Even though my work has taken me far beyond the borders of the place where my mother and father brought me into the world, I feel that part of me still remains a villager, a Fleming and a Belgian. I have very high regard for the fact that Flanders is acknowledging my work in this way.”

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