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Undulating, rippling, still. Turbulent, or then again contemplative. Water symbolises everything that flows, and that includes our feelings, imagination and emotions. Ride the wave of Aqua.


About Aqua

Undulating, rippling, still. Turbulent, or then again contemplative. Water symbolises everything that flows, and that includes our feelings, imagination and emotions. Ride the wave of Aqua, the vibrant new programme from Introdans. Featuring Introdans premieres by the queen of minimalism Lucinda Childs (Oceana), hypnotic master of dance Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Harbor Me) and a newcomer to the world of Introdans, Manuel Vignoulle (EARTH). The programme is rounded off by the audience favourite Azul, by Introdans’ own Jorge Pérez Martínez.

For the space of a dance evening, you can imagine you’re in a softly undulating bubble. Wavelike bodies, flowing interactions, endless swells, supple dives – and in the accompanying music you hear the tingling of little bubbles rising through the water.

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Premiere: 9 september 2022
Playtime: until 30 november 2022
All locations: Arnhem, Tilburg, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Doetinchem, Zoetermeer, Zwolle, Leiden, Maastricht, Haarlem, Winterswijk, Amersfoort, Apeldoorn, Deventer, Kerkrade, Tiel, Drachten, Amstelveen, Nijmegen

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Harbor Me | Choreography Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Anchor me, protect me. In Harbor Me, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui sends his three dancers on a quest for a safe haven. Can they offer each other the support they need so much? And if so, can they actually accept this support, too? The stage set is reminiscent of a harbour at low tide, with the three dancers dancing in the mud that’s left exposed. A work that’s full of sadness and missed chances to connect and merge. It’s a new jewel in the Introdans treasury of dance.

A hugely supple play of action and reaction, in which Giuseppe Calabrese, Vincenzo Turiano and Federico Toselli bend and curve together, mould themselves and support each other in eye-catching physical sculptures, and then occasionally break out for exuberant leaps. And of course Cherkaouis characteristic, highly agile shoulder balances and shoulder rolls are present as well.


Azul | Choreography Jorge Pérez Martínez
Azul, created by the choreographer and former Introdans dancer Jorge Pérez Martínez, is a fresh and feisty work that enchants with its own language of the body and superb, striking partner work, danced to three classical Spanish guitar compositions. Pérez Martínez takes his inspiration from the atmosphere of the music and the Mediterranean Spanish vibe. Specially for Aqua, Pérez Martínez is now adding an additional section to the existing ballet. Azul is upbeat and lively, but it always has an element of melancholy, too.

A group piece by ex-Introdans performer Jorge Pérez Martinez. For the AQUA programme he has augmented his optimistic Azul (2017), set to three Spanish guitar classics, with a section featuring even more clearly timed movement set to Vivaldis mandolin concerto and danced against a backdrop of blue shades. This gives Azul the quality of an endless walk along a Mediterranean beach, with your toes in the surf.

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EARTH | Choreography Manuel Vignoulle
No earth without water, and no water without earth. From the very start the three dancers in EARTH by Manuel Vignoulle are almost continually linked together. It’s a reference to the connection we all share with each other. Vignoulle sees this work as a homage to the Earth, and it’s complemented wonderfully by the almost meditative music. The patterns on the tight-fitting costumes are reminiscent of tribal body art.

The ‘watery’ aspect is contained mostly in the echoing waves of the singing (Deuters luscious Coucher de Lune) and the expertly and flowingly combined sequence of supporting, lifting and climbing over each other. No matter whether hugging the floor or standing on a partner’s shoulders, the dancers remain mutually connected almost constantly, in an unbroken flow of energy.


Oceana | Choreography Lucinda Childs
In Oceana it seems as if the dancers are dancing under the surface of the sea, thanks in part to the huge backdrop video projection of surging water. While an Argentinian choir whispers softly in our ears, the dancers trip across the stage in the characteristically calming and repetitive dance style favoured by choreographer Lucinda Childs. This ‘queen of minimalism’ has made a version of this piece specially for Introdans, with an even larger number of dancers. ‘It undulates and ripples, it dances and it’s Lucinda. It’s so meditative, I can watch it for hours.’ (Roel Voorintholt, artistic director of Introdans).

The strength of Oceana is the effect created by the calm repetitions of simple, classical dance-step combinations, each time with a minimal change or shift of direction. As a result, the movements of the rows of dancers evoke the image of little waves flowing across a beach.




Are you curious which dancers are dancing the stars tonight? Click here for the roles

Harbor Me

Choreography | Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Music | Park Woojae, Abyss, Be a Drift, Morphosis
Costume, set and lighting design | Fabiana Piccioli, Sander Loonen
Costumes made by | Hermien Hollander, Merel Kaspers
Repetiteur | Joseph Kudra, Robbie Moore, Marlena Wolfe
Thanks to | Eastman
Duration | ± 20 minutes
World premiere | 8 April 2015, Theâtre du Chatelet, Paris (FR)
Introdans-premiere | 9 September 2022, Arnhem

Film with portraits of dancers

Created by | Inge Theunissen – It moves
Music | Union Jack - Water Drums


Choreography | Jorge Pérez Martínez
Music | Joaquin Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez; Francisco Tárrega Recuerdos de la Alhambra; Isaac Albéniz, Suite Espanola; Antonio Vivaldi Andante
Costume design | Sjaak Hullekes
Lighting design | Berry Claassen
Costumes made by | Hermien Hollander
Repetiteur | Marlena Wolfe
Duration | ± 23 minutes
World premiere | 22 September 2017, Introdans, Arnhem
Premiere extended version | 9 September 2022, Arnhem


Choreography | Manuel Vignoulle
Music | Deuter, Coucher de Lune
Costume and set design | Manuel Vignoulle
Lighting design | Berry Claassen
Reconstruction costume design | Mirel Piek based on the original design of Travis Halsey
Duration | ± 10 minutes
World premiere | 26 April 2018, M/motions (US)
Introdans-premiere | 19 February 2022 (three minute version), 9 September 2022, Arnhem (ten minute version),


Choreography | Lucinda Childs
Music | Osvaldo Golijov, Aria, executed by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Members of the Gwinett Youth Singers, John Dearman, Jamey Haddad, Luciana Souza, Robert Spano, Scott Tennant; Coral del Arrecife (Chorale of the Reef), executed by Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano; Tenebrae, executed by Kronos Quartet;, La Pasión según San Marcos: XV. Demos Gracias al Señor, executed by Maria Guinand, Orquesta La Pasion, Schola Cantorum de Venezuela
Costume, lighting and audiovisual design | Dominique Drillot
Video adaptation | Frederic Maurel
Costumes made by | Merlijn Koopman
Repetiteur | Jorge Pérez Martínez
Duration | ± 20 minutes
World premiere | 18 October 2011, Ballet de Nice (FR)
Introdans-premiere | 9 September 2022, Arnhem

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