September 14 / Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

ITA continues with digital platform ITALive

ITA continues its successful digital platform ITALive and presents four national and international performances this fall. After 12 successful livestreams since October 30, 2020, ITA will continue with ITALive. Through the livestream, fans can experience what is being performed live on the stage at Leidseplein at that moment. So far, more than 48,000 tickets have been sold for the live streams in 73 different countries. This autumn, ITA will present four new live streams: two classics by the ITA ensemble (A little life and Ibsen house) and the special international productions La Ménagerie de verre (directed by Ivo van Hove, starring Isabelle Huppert) and Gardenia by Alain Platél.

Wouter van Ransbeek, director of ITA: 'With ITALive we have created a beautiful third stage during the lockdown. We would like to continue this with an adventurous programming this autumn. I am really proud that artists such as Hanya Yanagihara, Isabelle Huppert and Alain Platél believe in the quality and the audience expanding power of our digital performances. ITA does not see digital theater as a temporary solution in the corona crisis, but rather as an important development for the future. It is a modern and barrier reducing way of programming for a broad and new audience: so far 40% percent of the ITALive viewers are new to ITA and 75% of the viewers come from outside Amsterdam'.

The enthusiasm about ITALive also resonates in the financial support of private donors and partners such as Fonds21 and Clifford Chance. We are proud that the long-standing collaboration with the international law firm Clifford Chance will focus on ITALive in the coming season: 'Clifford Chance recognizes itself in the ambitions of ITA', says Titus de Vries, Managing Partner of Clifford Chance Amsterdam. 'Just like International Theater Amsterdam, Clifford Chance is an organization that looks ahead and innovates continuously. As an ITALive sponsor, we are delighted to be able to contribute to this development'.

A little life (directed by Ivo van Hove) – Friday 1 October

No book has captivated and gripped millions of readers in the past few years like A little life by American author Hanya Yanagihara. Ivo van Hove translated it into theater and created a monumental performance about the power of love and friendship and the burden of a traumatic past.

Ibsen house (directed by Simon Stone) – Sunday 7 November
Based on the work of Henrik Ibsen, Simon Stone wrote and directed a grand family epic about the difficult but inevitable coexistence of different generations under one roof. Maarten Heijmans won the Arlecchino for his role of Sebastiaan.

La Ménagerie de verre (directed by Ivo van Hove) – Saturday 27 November

Isabelle Huppert can be seen on the ITA stage for the second time. She plays the lead role in Tennessee Williams' La Ménagerie de verre (The Glass Menagerie) directed by Ivo van Hove for the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe in Paris.

Gardenia – 10 years later (directed by Alain Platél and Frank van Laecke) – Sunday 5 December

June 25, 2010. Gardenia has its premiere. ‘Gardenia - 10 years later’ descends into the turbulent lives of remarkable people. Older characters who effortlessly walk the twilight zone between being male and female. Directors Alain Platél and Frank Van Laecke and composer Steven Prengels created a project that can be called unique in every way. Ten years later, the cast reunites.