B-Boy

MAAS Theater & Dans

The five b-boys are challenging each other. One by one they add another move to an increasingly demanding sequence: elbow freeze, kip-up, flare, air flare, halo. The crowd clearly loves the battling element after the scene has been set and the five characters established in B-BOY by MAAS Theater & Dans, which premiered last Friday […]

By Wendy Lubberding Posted in Reviews on October 1, 2019 0 Comments 3 min read Continue reading
Shot

Jasper van Luijk / Shifft

“Let us take you to a world where photography becomes physical”. The program for SHOT, which premiered last Thursday at Korzo in The Hague, is full of powerful reflections. For one, the handout explores the complex relationship between dance and photography, two art forms traditionally obsessed with the manipulation and suspension of time. It also […]

By Jordi Ribot Thunnissen Posted in Reviews on October 1, 2019 0 Comments 4 min read Continue reading
Pasionaria

La Veronal / Marcos Morau

Before choreographer Marcos Morau starts his tour of the Netherlands this fall with a new piece for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, he came to International Theater Amsterdam with his company La Veronal to present the show Pasionaria. But despite Morau’s being an interesting voice in European dance, Pasionaria does not convince entirely in the end.  A stage […]

By Marcelle Schots Posted in Reviews on October 1, 2019 0 Comments 4 min read Continue reading
The Battle

Introdans

This September, the Netherlands commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem. Allied forces in 1944 advanced right up to the Rhine, but were stopped at the Rijnbrug (the 1977 war drama by Richard Attenborough, A Bridge to Far, is about this famous military operation, Operation Market Garden). Roel Voorintholt, artistic director of Introdans […]

By Bregtje Schudel Posted in Reviews on September 30, 2019 0 Comments 6 min read Continue reading
Muziek van Beneden (Music from Downstairs) in Moscow

Het Houten Huis

Last weekend Muziek van Beneden (Music from Downstairs) by Het Houten Huis theatre for young audiences travelled to Moscow. It opened the Gavroche Festival which hosts a good number of Dutch TYA companies. We talked with Janice Slot, one of the performers in Muziek van Beneden, and Barbara Ennik, marketing & publicity assistant for Het […]

By Bregtje Schudel Posted in Interviews on September 27, 2019 0 Comments 6 min read Continue reading
Know hows

Carte Blanche / Kristin Ryg Helgebostad and Ingeleiv Berstad

A figure on rollerblades welcomes us into the space. Its huge, tangled blond wig seems to match the tangled pieces of fabric hanging from the ceiling. With an enormous mouth and an assertive attitude, this being starts talking to the audience, something about making things spectacular. Know hows, one of the latest works by Carte Blanche, the Norwegian […]

By Lucia Fernandez Santoro Posted in Reviews on September 24, 2019 0 Comments 2 min read Continue reading
Funny Soft Happy & the Opposite

Connor Schumacher

When it comes to polished aesthetics and witty vibes, Connor Schumacher never disappoints. Funny Soft Happy & the Opposite, which premiered at Theater Rotterdam on Friday, 20 September, is something between a live tutorial and a TV show, an acid trip, a talent show, a self-help ad, and a cult with hidden rules. Connor hosts […]

By Lucia Fernandez Santoro Posted in Reviews on September 24, 2019 0 Comments 2 min read Continue reading
Val

Schweigman&

Boukje Schweigman likes to concentrate on a single movement motif and builds her often disorienting worlds around this one determining element. She did it to mesmerising effect in shows like Wiek (Rotor) and Spiegel (Mirror). For her latest, Val (Fall), she centres the movement vocabulary on the notion, yes, of falling, and uses the height […]

By Wendy Lubberding Posted in Reviews on September 23, 2019 0 Comments 4 min read Continue reading
Want is the Wick

Stephen Shropshire

As is the case with most works of contemporary art, it doesn’t really matter how many footholds you – the maker – provide for the audience, in the end the final interpretation is in the eye of the beholder. Still, I doubt that the narrative thread that I ‘uncovered’ in the dance duet Want is […]

By Bregtje Schudel Posted in Reviews on September 23, 2019 0 Comments 3 min read Continue reading
Ounce of Faith, Juba, In/Side, Revelations

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

In the foyer of the New Luxor Theater in Rotterdam, several banners serve as an improvised photo-call. A Dutch woman of colour struggles to make a satisfying selfie with a scene from the ballet Revelations in the background, until another (white) woman steps in and offers to help her out. “Make sure the name of […]

By Jordi Ribot Thunnissen Posted in Reviews on September 21, 2019 0 Comments 6 min read Continue reading

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