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The Fountainhead, photo © Jan Versweyveld

The Fountainhead by Ivo van Hove

11/28/2017 - 7:00pm - 12/02/2017 - 7:00pm
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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The Fountainhead
Based on the book by Ayn Rand
Toneelgroep Amsterdam
Directed by Ivo van Hove

The 2017 Richard B. Fisher Next Wave Award honors Ivo van Hove and the production of The Fountainhead

Translation by Erica van Rijsewijk, Jan van Rheenen
Adaptation by Koen Tachelet
Dramaturgy by Peter van Kraaij
Set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld
Music by Eric Sleichim
Video design by Tal Yarden
Costume design by An D’Huys

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave)
Nov 28—Dec 2 at 7pm
Tickets start at $35

In Dutch with English titles

Oct 26, 2017/Brooklyn, NY—Ayn Rand’s opposition to the Soviet Communism of her birthplace raised her political consciousness and her belief in the power of the individual and the virtues of
self-reliance. Her novel The Fountainhead—widely read and both philosophically and politically polarizing—tells the story of a brilliant architect, Howard Roark, who refuses to compromise his
creative vision. Pitted against colleagues who cave to popular and corporate interests, he pursues a relentless quest for individualism—which is tested when he falls in love with a kindred
spirit, Dominique Francon.

Ivo van Hove and Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s raw and layered reimagining of the novel has been garnering steady festival buzz and received its official world premiere at the Holland Festival in June 2014. Jan Versweyveld’s open loft-like set reveals mobile drafting tables, blueprints, pulleys, and moving screens—allowing the set to shift and unfold before the audience’s eyes.

In line with the company’s signature voyeuristic style, the egoism, power struggles, and bloody, carnal behavior are all captured via overhead cameras—projecting the action onto an enormous screen that towers over center stage.

Ivo van Hove began his career as a stage director in 1981, producing and directing plays he wrote himself, before working with various esteemed theater companies and becoming general director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam in 2001. Toneelgroep Amsterdam, the Netherlands’ largest repertory company, produces a diverse roster of contemporary international theater. Van Hove’s many accolades include an Obie Award for Best Production for More Stately Mansions and Hedda Gabler and a 2015 Olivier Award for A View from the Bridge. This past year, he helmed Broadway productions of A View from the Bridge and The Crucible, along with Lazarus at the New York Theater Workshop. BAM previously presented the Van Hove-directed productions Kings of War (2016 Next Wave), Antigone (2015 Next Wave), Angels in America (2014 Next Wave), Roman Tragedies (2012 Next Wave), Cries and Whispers (2011 Next Wave), and Opening Night (2008 Next Wave). Van Hove garnered a Tony Award for Best Director of a Play in 2016 for his direction of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge.

Jan Versweyveld has been the in-house designer for Toneelgroep Amsterdam since 2001. He is head of scenography and is responsible for the organization’s graphic design elements. Since 2005, Versweyveld has also served as their house photographer. He was a guest lecturer at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and co-founded the scenography studies program in Antwerp. He has designed scenery and lighting for a wide variety of theater productions.