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The Belgian director who strips theater to its bones—and brought Bowie’s Lazarus to the stage—has a Dutch author in his sights


THE VIEW FROM HERE: Ivo van Hove, whose production of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge won two Tonys, is now working on an adaptation of a Louis Couperus novel from 1906.

IVO VAN HOVE was 8 when death first marked him. His mother took him on a 90-minute bus ride from their rural Belgian village to Antwerp, where Bambi was playing in the movie theater. On screen, Bambi’s mother died at the hands of a hunter; van Hove’s course was set. “I cried all the way home,” he says, sitting with his hands clasped, on one side of a long, bare table in the white-walled, high-ceilinged meeting room of the Stadsschouwburg theater in Amsterdam. “I discovered then what art can do with you.”

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