Free Birds Fly Compagnie Tiuri

27 January till 9 October 2024

Theater aan het Spui, The Hague

Noor van Gestel

For the second consecutive time, Holland Dance Festival provides a platform for one of the Netherlands’ youngest dance companies: Compagnie Tiuri. As the first in the Netherlands, Compagnie Tiuri has succeeded in escaping ‘the niche of inclusive art’ and claiming a position within the mainstream theater landscape, offering captivating and thought-provoking performances executed by dancers both with and without disabilities. 

What is freedom?
Following the success of their previous productions, No Bodies and YOU AND ME AND ALL OTHERS, Compagnie Tiuri (previously named Compagnie 21) presents Free Birds Fly at the nineteenth Holland Dance Festival, a performance that - according to its maker Jordy Dik - reflects man and society in all their colors and with all their whims and flaws. Together with eleven performers, in Free Birds Fly, Dik embarks on an internal journey, in search of freedom; a theme that occupies an increasingly urgent space in Dik's choreographies. n this new production, Dik asks fundamental questions: What is freedom, and when do we truly experience it? Is freedom intertwined with external factors and others, or is it a quality within ourselves? Dik: "Our free voice longs for the wind to carry it - beyond all eardrums - completely inside. Without the uncomfortable fear of not being understood or getting lost. We are all seeking light and silence, love and air. So, we breathe in, leap and catch the wind with open wings." 

Bigger than ourselves
Compagnie Tiuri is a professional, inclusive dance theater company that presents poetic, raw and profoundly human work. The group’s inner core consists of people with disabilities who have been training for years at Theaterwerkplaats Tiuri. Compagnie Tiuri offers them the opportunity to show and nurture their unique and often unprecedented talent within the professional dance world in the Netherlands and abroad. Regular collaborations with guest dancers and musicians enrich the company's narrative tapestry, with each contributor bringing their own story. By fostering genuine encounters, masks fall away, prejudices dissolve, and the diverse and colorful individuals of Compagnie Tiuri emerge in full visibility. The company advocates, "In this manner, as performers and spectators, we get moving together. A movement that is bigger than ourselves." 

Data & tickets

date start time location price tickets
Sat 27 January 2024 20:15 Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag €18,00 - €24,00 Past
Sun 28 January 2024 15:30 Theater aan het Spui, Den Haag €18,00 - €24,00 Past


Noor van Gestel
Noor van Gestel


Een prachtig duet dat een groot publiek verdient, niet alleen in het veld van inclusiedans maar juist ook daarbuiten. Het is onontkoombaar emotioneel en vervult ieders hart met een broodnodige dosis warmte

jury BNG Bank Dansprijs 2023 over Jordy Diks "Jij en ik en alle anderen"

Jordy weet alle overeenkomsten en verschillen zo te overstijgen dat hij elke performer in haar, hun of zijn kracht zet en de optelsom meer is dan de som der delen.

Jury van de BNG Bank Dansprijs


Cast: Agnes Philipsen, Andrea Beugger, Andy Schijven, Coralie Meinguet, Damien de Hoogh, 
Igor Memic, Liah Frank, Margriet Jacobs, Sabine van Riel, Timur Dam, Vincent Dankelman  

Concept & choreography: Jordy Dik
Co-choreography: Loura Sita van Krimpen
Training: Loura Sita van Krimpen & Agnes Philipsen
Music & composition: Vincent Dankelman
Vocals: Lisa de Bruijn
Costume & design: Lian Verhoeven
Lighting design: Loes Schakenbos

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