Francine van der Wiel
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Outwitting the Devil

Akram Khan Company

Kill your darlings. It is a piece of advice choreographers often hear while creating a new work. The assumption is that by killing your darlings, you strengthen the result. But in Akram Khan’s latest work, Outwitting the Devil(created for the Avignon Festival 2019), the phrase takes on a completely different meaning. Killing our darlings is […]

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Best of Balanchine III

Dutch National Ballet

It is quite a challenge, this opening of the season: a gala performance and three ballets, each with a big cast. But Best of Balanchine, a triple bill of Balanchine ballets, is a resounding success for the Dutch National Ballet. Number III, this programme is called, since there have been earlier editions – DNB has […]

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Rasp Your Soul

Kat Valastur

When Kat Válastur made her Dutch debut with the intricate, minimalist duet Lang during the 2012 Spring festival, she immediately caught the interest and admiration of both press and audiences. Moreover, she received an invitation from the Dutch-Hungarian choreographer Krisztina de Châtel, who gained fame in the eighties with austere, repetitive works and recognised Válastur […]

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