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Holland Dance Festival 2020

The seventeenth edition of the Holland Dance Festival takes place in January and February 2020. For three weeks, The Hague will be completely dedicated to international dance. During this period, a total of some fifty performances from all over the world will be shown in the theatres in The Hague, which together underline the universal character and the enormous richness and versatility of dance. A growing number of festival productions can also be seen in Amsterdam and Delft, and this coming edition also in Tilburg for the first time.

A programme full of firsts
In 2020, the festival will once again bring many debuts to the Netherlands and will present companies and dance artists who would not otherwise be seen in our country. A selection of (hotel) packages, dance dinners and workshops are offered around the programme, tailored to the visitor’s various preferences and financial possibilities. The combination of high-quality performances and special events and packages makes a visit to the dance capital of the Netherlands unforgettable.

Absolute highlights include the long-awaited Dutch debut of Compagnie Hervé Koubi and the renowned Batsheva Dance Company, which, after the worldwide success of Ohad Naharins Sadeh 21, is now returning with the new production Venezuela. The German Gauthier Dance/Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart will undoubtedly touch young and old with the very dynamic Classy Classics, which will open the festival this time on January 22nd.

Urban dancers
A common thread in this edition is formed by the makers who take their own cultural background or centuries-old traditions as their starting point. The French choreographer Hervé Koubi, for example, goes on a journey of discovery into his history as the son of Algerian immigrants with an impressive cast of urban dancers from Algeria and Burkina Faso in Ce que le jour doit à la nuit. The twelve male dancers do almost the impossible: they spin around on one arm and then effortlessly switch to the other arm and dive horizontally across the stage to turn the air around their axis.

Compagni Hervé Koubi | Ce que le jour doit a là nuit

Compagni Hervé Koubi | Ce que le jour doit a là nuit

The performances of the twelve male dancers in Ce que le jour doit à la nuit are dangerously close to the impossible. In a whirling and fascinating ‘in-between world’ in which East and West come together, Koubi brings together every conceivable dance style – from street dance to the dizzying dance of the dervishes.

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Bowing

Dance in Korea has a centuries-long tradition and South Korea even has one of the most vibrant contemporary dance scenes in the world. Choreographer Jeon Misook is a famous example of this. She presents the performance Bow about the Asian tradition of bowing. At first glance, the movement language she uses in her performances seems familiar and derived from classical dance, but it is also influenced by Asian martial arts and traditional gestures. After the festival, the performance will be shown throughout the Netherlands.

Jeon Misook Dance Company | Bow

Jeon Misook Dance Company | Bow

Korean choreographer Jeon Misook makes her Dutch debut with the widely acclaimed performance Bow, in which the Asian custom of greeting each other with a little bow is central. Within her company, the Korean dancer surrounds herself with virtuoso dancers, whose physical limits she pushes over and over again.

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Masterpieces in the Zuiderstrandtheater
In addition to Nederlands Dans Theater, three other large companies will be performing on The Hague’s most important dance stage, the Zuiderstrandtheater. Gauthier Dance/Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Batsheva Dance Company and the Italian Aterballetto are expected to pull out all the stops.

The hit production of Gauthier Dance/Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Classy Classics is a vibrant celebration of contemporary dance. Five contemporary ‘classics’ have been brought together in one programme.

After almost thirty years he has resigned as artistic director, but as a resident choreographer Ohad Naharin still determines the artistic face of the world-renowned Batsheva Dance Company from Israel. It is with great pride that the Holland Dance Festival, in collaboration with ITA, presents the Dutch premiere of his youngest masterpiece, Venezuela. Naharin and his phenomenal dancers explore both the dialogue and the conflict between movement and its meaning to music that ranges from Gregorian singing to rap.

Ateralletto from Reggio Emilia, Italy, is able to attract famous choreographers from all over the world. The company returns to Holland Dance Festival with a thrilling Triple Bill, consisting of Wolf by Israeli Hofesh Shechter, Bliss by Swedish Johan Inger and O by German Philippe Kratz.

Ode to Kylián
Celebrating sixty years of Nederlands Dans Theater without Kylián’s work is simply impossible. Sometimes, I wonder is an evening dedicated entirely to one of Nederlands Dans Theater’s most profound and leading artists. His creative vision has taken the company to unprecedented heights. The programme includes Claude Pascal, Vanishing Twin and the globally acclaimed Belle Figura.

Gauthier Dance/Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart | Classy Classics

Gauthier Dance/Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart | Classy Classics

The seventeenth edition of the Holland Dance Festival opens festively and in style with Classy Classics, a recent hit production of one of the major public favourites of previous festival editions: the Gauthier Dance/Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart. Despite the ‘tongue-in-cheek’ title, don’t expect a flamboyant ballet evening. Classy Classics is a vibrant celebration of contemporary dance, in which five contemporary ‘classics’ have been brought together in one programme.

Classy Classics is made possible by Rabobank.

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Aterballetto | Triple Bill

Aterballetto | Triple Bill

The group from Reggio Emilia is able to attract famous choreographers from all over the world and has already previously performed successfully at the Holland Dance Festival. Now the company returns to the Netherlands with a thrilling triple bill, consisting of Wolf from the Israeli Hofesh Shechter, Bliss from the Swedish Johan Inger and O From the German Philippe Kratz.

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