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Grupo Sportivo


On paper, sports and dance have different objectives. In the first, movement has a mostly practical function: you move to win, or to be the best. In the second, it is artistic: you move to evoke. But sports and dance can also overlap, just think of the use of martial arts in dance (like Sutra […]

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Fígaro, barbero de Sevilla

Ibérica de Danza

The Dutch National Ballet has definitely spoiled us. We have become accustomed to its lush and lavish productions, its monumental stage sets and elaborate costumes. It is important to remember they are the outlier, especially when watching more modest ballet productions like the comical ballet Fígaro, the Barber of Seville by the Spanish dance company […]

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The Way You Sound Tonight

Arno Schuitemaker

What will the audience at November Music make of The Way You Sound Tonight, the show by Arno Schuitemaker that recently won a Zwaan – the Dutch Oscar of dance – for most impressive dance production? Of course, November Music audiences are accustomed to the more adventurous and experimental. But The Way You Sound Tonight, performed […]

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Sierra Oscar Foxtrot Tango

Nederlands Dans Theater 2

Lighting is an aspect that is easily taken for granted in stage shows. Audiences usually only notice that it is there, when it is not. In Sierra Oscar Foxtrot Tango, the season opener for NDT’s junior company NDT2, lighting is given a more prominent role. It lends a feeling of dread and despair in Marco […]

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Cathedral, an evening with Arvo Pärt

Scapino Ballet Rotterdam & Sinfonia Rotterdam

Choreographer Marcos Morau knows how to make an entrance. With Cathedral, which Morau made for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and which premiered on October 31 at Theater Rotterdam, it is no different. First there is the music by Arvo Pärt, performed live by Sinfonia Rotterdam. Then there is the setting (set and costumes have been made […]

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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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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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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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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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