Toneelgroep Amsterdam

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Toneelgroep Amsterdam
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Rabo Zaal, Toneelgroep Amsterdam's main stage in Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
AddressMarnixstraat 427
Amsterdam
Netherlands
Website
www.toneelgroepamsterdam.nl

Toneelgroep Amsterdam is the largest repertory company in the Netherlands. Its home base is the Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg, a classical 19th century theatre building in the heart of Amsterdam.

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History

Stadsschouwburg in 2015 advertising two TA productions: Antigone and Queen Lear Amsterdam, Stadsschouwburg, Leidsepleinzijde01.jpg
Stadsschouwburg in 2015 advertising two TA productions: Antigone and Queen Lear

The Dutch Company Toneelgroep Amsterdam started in 1987 through a merger of Toneelgroep Centrum  [ nl ] and Publiekstheater  [ nl ] with Gerardjan Rijnders as its artistic director. His montage-method of creating plays and his avant-garde stagings of classic plays were very influential in the Netherlands, as well as abroad. Since 2000 the company is led by Flemish director Ivo van Hove. He and his long-time designer Jan Versweyveld broke through the confinements of the classical stage to rediscover the stage as a "location." For their production Faces (an adaptation of John Cassavetes's film) the audience watched the show lying in beds.

International

Many of Toneelgroep Amsterdam's productions travel abroad. For instance, van Hove's adaptation of several of Shakespeare's plays, presented under the title Roman Tragedies, was shown at the major European theatre festivals (Wiener Festwochen, [1] Festival d'Avignon, [2] Theaterformen). Opening Night , another adaptation of a Cassavetes film, was shown at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in December 2008, [3] [4] and at Melbourne Festival in Australia in October 2010, which was van Hove's Australian debut. [5] “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

Company

Director: Ivo van Hove Ensemble: Hélène Devos, Jip van den Dool, Fred Goessens, Janni Goslinga, Aus Greidanus jr, Marieke Heebink, Robert de Hoog, Hans Kesting, Hugo Koolschijn, Maria Kraakman, Ramsey Nasr, Chris Nietvelt, Celia Nufaar, Frieda Pittoors, Halina Reijn, Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Harm Duco Schut, Bart Slegers en Eelco Smits.

Eric de Vroedt is an established guest director at Toneelgroep Amsterdam.

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References

  1. "Wiener Festwochen: Event Detail". Archived from the original on 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
  2. Tragédies romaines - Festival d'Avignon : Programme
  3. BAM : Brooklyn Academy of Music [ dead link ]
  4. BAM sets stage for New Wave Fest - Entertainment News, Legit News, Media - Variety
  5. Nilsson-Polias, Carl (2010), RealTime Arts Magazine, Issue 99. http://realtimearts.net/article/issue99/10008