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All About Theatre About Film: Antonioni Project (after Michelangelo Antonioni) (2009) © Jan Versweyveld
Antonioni Project (after Michelangelo Antonioni) (2009) © Jan Versweyveld

Exhibition

All About Theatre About Film

Ivo van Hove & Jan Versweyveld

3 October 2021 — 9 January 2022

All About Theatre About Film: Husbands (after John Cassavetes) (2012) © Jan Versweyveld
Husbands (after John Cassavetes) (2012) © Jan Versweyveld

This artist duo's film-to-stage adaptations synthesize theatre with film, live video, and music. They are also renowned for their innovative way of interacting with audiences. At the core of their work is an urge to experiment and break conventions.

Film and theatre influence each other continuously. To celebrate that relationship between the two worlds, Eye has invited stage director Ivo van Hove and scenographer Jan Versweyveld to compile an exhibition.

All About Theatre About Film: Ludwig II (after Luchino Visconti) (2011) © Jan Versweyveld
Ludwig II (after Luchino Visconti) (2011) © Jan Versweyveld
All About Theatre About Film: Obsession (after Luchino Visconti) (2017) © Jan Versweyveld
Obsession (after Luchino Visconti) (2017) © Jan Versweyveld

For All About Theatre About Film, Van Hove and Versweyveld swap the stage for the museum, breathing new life into works of drama in the exhibition spaces in an associative manner. It draws on the plays they have worked on together, which are based on classic films by seven directors: Marguerite Duras, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ingmar Bergman, John Cassavetes, Luchino Visconti, and Sidney Lumet. In an associative manner, they bring the theatre place back to life in the exhibition space.

The rooms are filled with a securely chosen selection of sound recordings, film fragments, notebooks, props, photographs, and video footage. Just like a stage play, this exhibition is composed of various acts, with a beginning, a middle, and an ending. Each of the sequential spaces spotlights a different play. This associative journey through the oeuvre of Van Hove and Versweyveld stimulates all the senses.

All About Theatre About Film: Opening Night (after John Cassavetes) (2006) © Jan Versweyveld
Opening Night (after John Cassavetes) (2006) © Jan Versweyveld

The history of film is inextricably linked to that of the theatre.

All About Theatre About Film: Scenes from a Marriage (after Ingmar Bergman) (2005) © Jan Versweyveld
Scenes from a Marriage (after Ingmar Bergman) (2005) © Jan Versweyveld

During the early years of cinema, theatrical works often provided the inspiration – many early films were based on successful stage plays, and extended shots made them look like filmed plays. Conversely, distinctive cinematic techniques quickly found their way onto the stage. That is why the title refers to two iconic films about the theatre: All About Eve (1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz) and All About My Mother (1999, Pedro Almodóvar).

All About Theatre About Film: Network (after Sidney Lumet) (2017) © Jan Versweyveld
Network (after Sidney Lumet) (2017) © Jan Versweyveld

“When I’m in a museum, theatre or cinema I want to be immersed in chaos. I want to feel confusion, fear, hope.”

Ivo van Hove

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All About Theatre About Film: Persona (after Ingmar Bergman) (2012) © Jan Versweyveld
Persona (after Ingmar Bergman) (2012) © Jan Versweyveld
Kunstschrift cover All About Theatre About Film
Kunstschrift cover All About Theatre About Film

Kunstschrift

Kunstschrift magazine will publish a special edition (in Dutch) to accompany the exhibition, including a special interview with Ivo van Hove.

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About Ivo van Hove and Jan Versweyveld

Director Ivo van Hove and scenographer Jan Versweyveld, both born in Belgium in 1958 have worked together on dozens of productions that have caused a sensation internationally for the way they constantly probe the boundaries of theatre. Their works center on complex individuals, clashing characters with a hidden, dark side. The plays possess a highly physical quality and respond to social undercurrents. Cinema is a recurring point of departure in their work, which has been staged from Broadway to Taipei and received countless accolades.

All About Theatre About Film: Cries and Whispers (after Ingmar Bergman) (2009) © Jan Versweyveld
Cries and Whispers (after Ingmar Bergman) (2009) © Jan Versweyveld
All About Theatre About Film: Les Damnés (after Luchino Visconti) (2016) © Jan Versweyveld
Les Damnés (after Luchino Visconti) (2016) © Jan Versweyveld

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Acknowledgements

All About Theatre About Film: Antonioni Project (after Michelangelo Antonioni) (2009) © Jan Versweyveld
Antonioni Project (after Michelangelo Antonioni) (2009) © Jan Versweyveld

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