“Personal and moving story”
In this eighteenth edition of the festival, as in other editions, we also present two performances that are focused on a young audience, by Lonneke van Leth Dans – the dance company for young people from The Hague. With their eclectic dance style and foundation of indestructible stories that are retold with a sense of humor in a fast-paced contemporary style, the company is able to engage young people with contemporary dance in an accessible way. In their work, a sense of wonder, emotions and surprise and shared discovery and understanding all play an important role.
The life of a refugee
For audiences ages 6 and up, Lonneke van Leth Dans puts on Mijn huis: Waar ik niet mag wonen (My house: Where I’m not allowed to live) during this festival, in which the Syrian actor and refugee Ramez Kamel tells his story. Kamel confronts his audience with the life of a refugee. He takes you with him to his grandmother’s house in Damascus, back to the happy times he spent with his family, and to the wonderful stories his grandmother always told him. When the war in Syria began, Kamel chose to go in search of a safer life. He had to leave his wife and son behind temporarily. He tells the audience about his journey and his quest for freedom. With us, in the Netherlands, he found freedom for himself and his family.
In dance and words, children are brought into Kamel’s world. Together with dancer David Vermeulen, he shares his personal and moving story.
“Choreographer Lonneke van Leth uses dance and the indestructible story of Romeo and Juliet to impart knowledge of the refugee issue on young people. She does so in a compact and effective way, excellently tailored to the target audience” – Theaterkrant about Lonneke van Leth’s Romeo and Juliet