The seventeenth edition of the Holland Dance Festival takes place in January and February 2020. For three weeks, The Hague is entirely devoted to international dance. During this period, around fifty performances from around the world can be seen in theaters in The Hague, which together underline the universal character and the enormous richness and versatility of dance. Moreover, a growing number of festival productions can also be seen in Amsterdam and Delft and this coming edition will also be seen in Tilburg for the first time.
A program full of scoops
In 2020, the festival will again be bringing scoops primarily to the Netherlands and presenting companies and dance artists that would otherwise not be seen in our country. There is something new to discover or recognize for everyone. A variety of (hotel) arrangements, dance dinners and workshops are offered around the program, geared to the various preferences and financial possibilities of the visitor. The combination of high-quality performances and special events and arrangements makes a visit to the dance capital of the Netherlands unforgettable.
Absolute highlights are, for example, the long-awaited Dutch debut by Compagnie Hervé Koubi and the renowned Batsheva Dance Company, which after the worldwide success of Ohad Naharins Sadeh 21 now returns with the new production Venezuela . The German Gauthier Dance / Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart will undoubtedly also touch young and old with the very dynamic Classy Classics , with which the festival will open on 22 January this time.
A common thread in this edition is the makers who take their own cultural background or centuries of tradition as a starting point. The French choreographer Hervé Koubi, for example, goes on a voyage of discovery with his impressive cast of urban dancers from Algeria and Burkina Faso in Ce que le jour doit à la nuit to his history as the son of Algerian immigrants. The twelve male dancers do almost the impossible: they spin around on one arm and then effortlessly switch to the other arm and dive across the stage horizontally and then turn in the air around their axis.
Compagnie Hervé Koubi Ce que le jour doit à la 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 swirling and fascinating ‘in-between world’ where East and West come together, Koubi brings together all conceivable dance styles – from street dance to the dizzying dervish dance.
Dance in Korea has a centuries-long tradition and South Korea even has one of the liveliest contemporary dance scenes in the world. Choreographer Jeon Misook is a famous example of this. She brings the Bow show about the Asian tradition of bending. The movement language that she uses in her performances, at first sight, seems familiar and derived from classical dance, but is also influenced by Asian martial arts and traditional gestures. The show will be shown throughout the Netherlands after the festival.
Jeon Misook Dance Company | Bow
The Korean choreographer Jeon Misook makes her Dutch debut with the widely acclaimed show Bow , which focuses on the Asian custom of greeting each other with a small bow. Within her company, the Korean woman surrounds herself with virtuoso dancers, whose physical boundaries she pushes over and over again.
Masterpieces in the Zuiderstrandtheater
In addition to Nederlands Dans Theater, three other large companies make their appearance on the most important dance stage in The Hague, the Zuiderstrandtheater. Gauthier Dance / Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Batsheva Dance Company and the Italian Aterballetto are expected to attract full houses.
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 program.
After almost thirty years he has resigned as artistic director, but as a house choreographer, Ohad Naharin still determines the artistic face of the world-renowned Batsheva Dance Company from Israel. The Holland Dance Festival proudly presents the Dutch premiere of his latest masterpiece, Venezuela, in collaboration with ITA . Naharin and his phenomenal dancers explore both the dialogue and the conflict between movement and its meaning on music that varies from Gregorian singing to rap.
Ateralletto from the Italian Reggio Emilia knows how to attract famous choreographers from all over the world. The company returns to Holland Dance Festival with a sizzling Triple Bill, consisting of Wolf by Israeli Hofesh Shechter, Bliss by Swede Johan Inger and O by German Philippe Kratz.
Ode to Kylián
Celebrating sixty years of Dutch Dance Theater without Kylián’s work is simply impossible. Sometimes, I wonder is an evening that is fully dedicated to one of the most profound and leading artists of Nederlands Dans Theater. His creative vision has brought the company to unprecedented heights. The program includes Claude Pascal, Vanishing Twin and the globally acclaimed Belle Figura .
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 big audience favorites from earlier festival editions: the German Gauthier Dance / Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart. Despite the ‘tongue-in-cheek’ title, don’t expect an elegant ballet evening. Classy Classics is a vibrant celebration of contemporary dance, in which five contemporary ‘classics’ are brought together in one program.
Aterballetto Triple Bill
The Reggio Emilia group knows how to attract famous choreographers from all over the world and has already performed with great success at the Holland Dance Festival. Now the company returns to the Netherlands with a sizzling triple bill, consisting of Wolf from Israeli Hofesh Shechter, Bliss from Swede Johan Inger and O from German Philippe Kratz.