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The Fountainhead

Toneelgroep Amsterdam, 2014

The Fountainhead is the fascinating portrait of the brilliant young architect Howard Roark, who follows his calling and sets himself up against those who spinelessly parrot the views of others; of Peter Keating, a fellow architect who sells his soul for commercial success and public esteem; of Guy Francon, a traditionalist who uncritically copies architecture from the past; and of the intellectual Ellsworth Toohey, who manipulates public opinion while slyly grooming the masses for a socialist takeover. ‘The theme of my novel’, said Ayn Rand, ‘is the struggle between individualism and collectivism, not in the political arena but in the human soul. My aim in writing The Fountainhead was always to present a novel whose protagonist embodies the ideal man.’ That man is Howard Roark, a creative artist who, like a sun, is surrounded by less talented and easily influenced characters who envy him his genius and vocation. But equally, The Fountainhead is the story of the struggle between two lovers: between Roark and the beautiful, idealistic and uncompromising Dominique Francon – two likeminded spirits determined never to sacrifice their own liberty or autonomy.

Ivo van Hove: direction
Ayn Rand: author
Eric Sleichim: composer

Toneelgroep Alsterdam/ITA ensemble
Aus Greidanus jr
Bart Slegers
Frieda Pittoors
Halina Reijn
Hans Kesting
Hugo Koolschijn
Janni Goslinga
Ramsey Nasr
Robert de Hoog

Koen Tachelet: adaptation
Erica van Rijsewijk: translation
Jan van Rheenen: translation
Peter Van Kraaij: dramaturgy
Jan Versweyveld: scenography, lighting

BL!NDMAN [drums]
Christiaan Saris
Hannes Nieuwlaet
Yves Goemaere

Tal Yarden: video
An D’Huys: costumes

Emmerique Granpré Moliere: private producer
with thanks to Macbike, Oogappel, STOUT, Jeroen Sukel, Matthias Mooij, Niek Oostendorp