Holland Dance Festival Gala Festive opening of the 19th Holland Dance Festival Future of Dance

24 January 2024

Amare, The Hague

€20.00 - €59.00

Hans Gerritsen

Dedicated to Mavis Staines, artistic director ceo Canada National Ballet School

Festive, unique, and with a vibrating energy and lust for life: the Holland Dance Festival opens its nineteenth edition with a special surprise gala. Under the title Future of Dance, we zoom in entirely on young dance talent and present to you the stars of the future. 

During this gala, you will be treated to the performances of not one, but three of the world's premier junior companies. The first ensemble is Ailey II from New York, a distinguished guest marking its fiftieth birthday celebration this year. Established in 1974 by the American choreographer and visionary Alvin Ailey, Ailey II stands as one of the pioneering junior ensembles globally. Over the years, Ailey proved his conviction that his young, virtuoso, predominantly African American dancers could achieve as much, if not more, success than the 'main company' itself—the acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which we presented with resounding success in 2019. 

The gala will also introduce you to the international prodigies of two paramount Dutch junior companies, both celebrating milestones this season. The Dutch National Ballet's Junior Company, now a decade old, has exceeded all expectations, with over half of the dancers of the 'main company' of the National Ballet being former juniors and ten of those even attaining the position of soloist. Meanwhile, NDT 2, the 45-year-old junior ensemble of Nederlands Dans Theater, not only stands as the oldest of its kind in the country but has established itself as more than just a match for NDT 1. With its breathtaking dancers, NDT 2 adds an extra dimension into the magic of dance through its fresh and sparkling character. 

In addition to the three junior companies, Future of Dance will also see performances by top young talents from BA Contemporary Dance Zurich, Ballethnic Dance Company Atlanta US and Canada's National Ballet School. We dedicate this special evening to the director of this school: Mavis Staines. After inspiring us all for years to advance dance education, she is retiring at the end of this season.

Jiří Kylian Ring
Also being awarded for the ninth time is the prestigious Jiří Kylián Ring. Which will once again go to someone who has made an inspiring and indispensable contribution to dance in the Netherlands. 

“Gala performance focusing on young top talent”

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date start time location price tickets
Wed 24 January 2024 20:15 Amare, Den Haag €20,00 - €59,00 Past
Wed 24 January 2024 20:15 incl. hotelovernachting Dans & Droom Uitverkocht Past


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NDT 2:

Ten Duets of a Theme of Rescue
Choreography: Crystal Pite
Staged by: Cindy Salgado
Music: Cliff Martinez: High Energy Proton Accelerator, Maybe you’re my puppet, Don’t Blow It, Will She Come Back? Version Titles From “Solaris”/ Score (Twentieth Century Fox Film Music Corporation)
Light: Jim French
Costumes: Linda Chow
NDT Rehearsal Directors: Lydia Bustinduy, Ander Zabala

Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue was originally commissioned by Cedar Lake Contemporary  Ballet and was premiered in 2008.



Lay Dances (excerpts) 

Choreography:  James Kudelka 
Assistant to the Choreographer:  Phillip Payne
Lighting: Simon Rossiter 
Costumes: Krista Dowson 
Music: Psalms & Canticles by Michael Torke 
Performed by: Michael Torke Orchestra & Lisa Brown 
By arrangement with: Adjustable Music, publisher and copyright holder. 
Sole agent: Bill Holab Music

Quartet: Yuki Chikai, Emerson Gamble, Jake Marshall & Alexander Stevens 
Solo: Benjamin Moss 
Duet: Lacey Park & Nathan Cronheim-Strasser


Choreography: Waverly T. Lucas II 
Choreographic Assistant: Nena Gilreath
Lighting: Mary Parker
Costumes: Alabama School of Fine Arts and Jean Yorke 
Music: Original Composition by Waverly T. Lucas II in collaboration with Eric Bond
Instrumentation: Djembe, Dun-Dun, Kekeni, Songba 
Performed by: Jimmie Howell Jr., Waverly T. Lucas II

Ballethnic Dance Company: Marques Furr, Calvin Gentry, Karla Tyson, Njema Williams
Canada’s National Ballet School: Nathan Cronheim-Strasser, Natalia Escotto, Camille Gentes, Angeline Koh, Benjamin Moss, Ryusei Nagafuchi, Anna Neudorf, Lacey Park, Brianna Quattrociocchi



Jaryd Farcon

Choreography by Robert Battle
Restaged by Kanji Segawa
Music by Sheila Chandra
Original costuming by Missoni
Costumes redesign by Jon Taylor
Lighting design by Burke Wilmore

The production of Takademe is supported by Kim van Doorn.

Enemy in the figure (excerpt) (1989)
The Company

Choreography, stage, original lighting, and costume design by William Forsythe
Staged with Thomas McManus
Music by Thom Willems
Lighting design recreated by Ethan Saiewitz
Lighting consultant by Francesca Harper

The creation of Enemy in the Figure is supported by Robert Press.



Smokey Sarah (2014)
Choreography: Marco Goecke
Music: Keith Jarret; Carnegie Hall live Concert Part I and III, Sara Vaughan; Once in a While  
Restaging of the Work: Ralitza Malehounova  
Choreographic Assistance: Mark Wuest 
Costumes: Berend Voorhaar und Sabrina Zyla, Karisma-Costumes  
Lighting: Ralitza Malehounova, Thomas Utzinger, Denise Lampart 

First Solo: Sophie Larson 
3 Couples: Timo Andenmatten - Gianluca Rodenghi, Sophie Larson - Poppy Miller, Manon Veenstra - Juri Jaworsky 
Lighter Solo: Lucy Woodhouse,  
1st Duet: Gianluca Rodenghi - Sophie Larson
2nd Duet: Ana Blattner - Poppy Miller 
3rd Duet: Mattia Belgiorno - Manon Veenstra
4th Duet: Noa Köhler - Lucio Volcov 
Last Solo: Gianluca Rodenghi 
Sheang-Li Pung 

"Smokey Sarah ist eine Hommage an Sarah Vaughan und es war eine große Freude, mit Ihrer Stimme ein Stück zu machen." - Marco Goecke 


Valse Fantaisie

Choreographer: George Balanchine
Music: Mikhail Glinka
Costume design: Oliver Haller
Light design: Wijnand van der Horst
Ballet master: Caroline Iura


Choreographer: Joshua Junker
Music: Hidden Orchestra / Balmorhea
Costume design: Oliver Haller
Light design: Wijnand van der Horst
Ballet master: Michele Jimenez


Junior Company – Het Nationale Ballet

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Ailey II – The Next Generation of Dance

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