April 15 / Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

World premiere Eline Arbo at Ruhrtriennale 2024

Eline Arbo is facing an exciting international summer with two foreign productions in Germany and England, and the opening of the Edinburgh International Festival.

It was announced today that ITA's new artistic director Eline Arbo is part of the first programme of the Ruhrtriennale directed by Ivo van Hove. In a coproduction with with Nationaltheatret in Norway, her home country, she is working on the national classic Haugtussa (Mountain Maid, 1895) by Norwegian poet Arne Garborg, set to music by Edvard Grieg. In collaboration with her regular composer and music designer Thijs van Vuure, she creates a musical and mythological performance about the existential quest of a young woman in the countryside faced by her dark sides. In the upcoming Dutch season, this performance will also be shown exclusively at ITA.

In addition, Eline Arbo is working on an English version of her successful production The Years of Annie Ernaux, which will premiere at the Almeida Theatre in London on 1 August. The Almeida Theatre has been one of the UK's leading theatres for many years, also hosting renowned directors such as Robert Icke and Rebecca Frecknall.-|-Lastly, Arbo opens this year's prestigious Edinburgh International Festival with Internationaal Theater Amsterdam and Heinrich von Kleist's celebrated performance Penthesilea.

Arbo comments: "I am happy to be able to further shape ITA's international strength in this way. I am immensely looking forward to presenting my work abroad; as an artist, a different cultural context gives you so much information about your own work, your own voice. And I am convinced that an exchange of artistic ideas between countries is crucial for the diversity of the Dutch art landscape."