De Dutch Don’t Dance Division | Good [old] Times – Tableau de la Troupe

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Tableau de la Troupe foto De Schaapjesfabriek

“Dreams that might still come true”

Dance is made by and for everyone. Holland Dance Festival has conveyed that opinion for years. We organize lessons and activities for older dancers and for dancers with physical and/or mental disabilities and produce performances in which these and other groups of special dancers show that they can touch, move, surprise, and entertain their audience just as much as ‘regular’ dancers can, and that they can excel just as well. One of those performances is the biannual Good [old] Times production, in which for each edition we invite a different professional choreographer (or choreographers) to work with a group of seniors – selected through an audition – to eventually offer the audience a unique experience.  

This time, the Good [old] Times production is created by choreographers Thom Stuart and Rinus Sprong from De Dutch Don’t Dance Division (The Hague). The duo has a rich, very successful track record and is very experienced in working with highly diverse groups of dancers. In their new production, titled Tableau de la Troupe, we follow a number of older dancers in a backstage setting. In the dressing room, where the group is getting ready for a new show, their lived experience as well as their dreams for the future come up. Some can look back at illustrious careers, others wistfully think of missed opportunities and unfulfilled dreams. But things can change! Stuart and Sprong: “Think of Lotti Huber, who started her illustrious acting career when she was already 80 years old and 87 when she published her writing debut, Diese Zitrone hat noch viel Saft! 

The ‘Song of life’ as a guiding principle
The expressive and energetic movement idiom of Stuart and Sprong is used to its full advantage in this vibrant new production. Music is the guiding principle in Tableau de la Troupe, and the ‘Song of life’ in particular. Through classic compositions and songs by, among others, Nina Hagen, Bette Midler, and Hildegard Knef, the dancers relive their past and their dreams come into being. 

“Their strength is in the unpolished, the being and showing of their true self. An impressive vulnerability” – Volkskrant about an earlier Good [old] Times production 

 “True go-getters who take every opportunity, present at all levels of the city and influence far beyond (…) Thom Stuart and Rinus Sprong invest in Dutch dance in many ways. From doing research, sharing knowledge and maintaining the heritage of Dutch dance to promoting The Hague as ‘city of dance'”
– Jury of the Jacques Senf Prijs, won by Stuart and Sprong in 2019 

Dates & Tickets

Price Date Start time Location Order
€ 18,- Sat. 05 February 2022 19:00 Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag Order Tickets
€ 18,- Sun. 06 February 2022 15:30 Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag Order Tickets
€ 18,- Sat. 12 February 2022 19:00 Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag Order Tickets
€ 18,- Sun. 13 February 2022 15:30 Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag Order Tickets