Each Time We Fall, a City Rises

Panama Pictures

There is something so simple yet very satisfying about performers having to overcome actual obstacles. This is something choreographer Pia Meuthen and her Panama Pictures company seem to understand really well. In a previous solo, Stripped, made for and with performer Tarek Rammo, the whole performance was built around a pair of aerial straps, which […]

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Love❤️

Club Guy & Roni with GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Slagwerk Den Haag & Asko|Schönberg

A lot of love surrounded the premiere of Love❤️ by Club Guy & Roni on Saturday October 17 at Stadsschouwburg Groningen. The composition of the audience seemed like one big reunion (more people seemed to know each other than not), which made for many warm greetings. There was the heartfelt standing ovation at the end […]

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Horror

Jakop Ahlbom Company

Adolescents running away in tears from the try-outs of your latest show – it doesn’t exactly sound like good publicity. But when the show is called Horror, it’s different.  A young couple (Silke Hundertmark, Thomas Ouwerkerk) and their best friend (Yannick Greweldinger) arrive at an abandoned country house. It soon becomes apparent that there’s something […]

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Romeo en Julia

Het Nationale Ballet (The Dutch National Ballet)

There is an upside to not attending the premiere of a classical ballet, and attending a later show instead. It provides an opportunity to sample other dancers besides the company’s usual standard bearers. Of course, in Romeo en Julia (Romeo and Juliet) by the Dutch National Ballet, it would have been nice to see principal dancer Igone […]

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Or Die Trying

Alida Dors / Backbone

Upon entering the small venue at Theater Rotterdam for Or Die Trying, a new piece choreographed by Alida Dors which premiered Saturday 12 October, the space is already brimming with energy. With a couple of punchbags lying and hanging around, benches on both sides of the floor, and boxing gloves, belly belts and leg protection all […]

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Fusion

5PIECES

From 16 – 20 October Festival Circolo, a festival dedicated to contemporary circus, is taking place in theatre venues across Tilburg. The city is also home to one of two Dutch circus schools: the Academy for Circus and Performance Art (ACaPA)- the other one is Codarts Circus Arts Rotterdam. Higher education in circus is a […]

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Saison Sèche

Phia Ménard / Cie. Non Nova

The category is: Sickening. In RuPaul’s Drag Race sense of the word. In Saison Sèche (Dry Season) we are invited to witness the demise of a system in decay, fast-forwarded by the outright anger of performance-artist Phia Ménard: sick of the battles she has to fight as a trans-woman, sick of the slut shaming she […]

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Resident

Dunja Jojic

What does going mad look like? Watching Resident, the new choreography by Dunja Jocic, winner of the Prijs van de Nederlandse Dansdagen Maastricht 2018, you might get an idea. Resident premiered on October 5, during the Dutch Dance Festival (Nederlandse Dansdagen), at Toneelacademie, Maastricht. A man (Simon Bus) has just moved into a modern apartment […]

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(Im)Pulse

Audrey Apers, Krisztina de Châtel, Sally Dansgezelschap, Ensemble 88

As I waited in the foyer of Theater Rotterdam for (Im)Pulse to start (which premiered at ITA on 30 September 2019), I was struck by the audience I was going to be a part of: couples in their sixties, dressed to impress, out on a fancy night, and big groups of late-teens to early twenties, half […]

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Kunstkamer

Marco Goecke, Sol León & Paul Lightfoot, Crystal Pite

De Kunstkamer, the super-production celebrating NDT’s 60th anniversary, premiered on October 3th at the Zuiderstrandtheater in The Hague. An almost two-hour long statement in defence of this rare stronghold: a generously supported, stable, neoclassical dance company without hierarchies, premiering on a big stage, accompanied by a live orchestra… the whole shebang.   A Kunstkamer is […]

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