A summer gala full of variety, unexpected encounters and virtuoso choreographies.
Introdans brings the theatre season to a festive close and heralds the summer with a dazzling End of Season Gala. In addition to several crackers from the Introdans repertoire, this time the programme also features a few surprising encounters with special guests. Seven different choreographies by Robert Battle, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Adriaan Luteijn & Chantal de Vries, Inbal Pinto and Daan Wijnands will be on the programme. The Gala is the ultimate opportunity for the Introdans dancers – some of whom are ending their dance career this year – to shine (one more time) and to showcase their full range of talents. Introdans director Roel Voorintholt: “Previously during the End of Season we focused on dancing highlights from the past season, but this time we aim to create a swinging, summery celebration. With variety, with new and unexpected collaborations and virtuoso choreographies.”
Playtime: 20 June - 29 June
Locations: Apeldoorn, Hengelo, Utrecht, Doetinchem
New creation – Daan Wijnands
The well-known musical and theatre choreographer Daan Wijnands (whose recent work includes Hij gelooft in mij, Hello Dolly, All Stars and Alex Klaassens’ Showponies) is creating a new work for the End of Season Gala. This will be a vibrant, revue-like choreography. ‘The work by choreographer Daan Wijnands is also great: these are no slick little show ballets, but instead taut, angular choreographies’ wrote de Volkskrant earlier about his work.
Rara Avis (premiere) – Adriaan Luteijn & Chantal de Vries
Introdans choreographers Adriaan Luteijn and Chantal de Vries are once again creating a unique encounter specially for this End of Season Gala. This time several Introdans dancers and a group of well-known drag queens, led by the flamboyant Ma’MaQueen (an alias of Venus Bijleveld), will share the stage in a new, spectacular choreography. The Encounter is a concept that Adriaan Luteijn has developed over the past twenty years with performers who come from a wide variety of physical, social, cultural and intellectual worlds. For instance the Dutch Olympic Volleyball team, hiphop-waacking and vogueing dancers, older people, dancers with different physical and/or intellectual abilities, or even whole families, all of whom he places alongside professional dancers (Introdancers), and always with remarkable results. Luteijn enjoys ‘serendipities’, special opportunities that cross his path and that also inspire people with whom he creates. The drag queens who will shine on stage with Ma’MaQueen and the Introdancers are: Xtra Xceptit, Roseè-Sheneè Plastique, REUS and Licka Lolly.
Pure – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is a master in creating exceptional duets, and in the past he has taken his inspiration from sources such as flamenco and Indian dance. For Pure, which is both lyrical and virtuoso, he utilises Japanese calligraphic characters: the woman in the duet paints her body with these, and in doing so not only creates something but also destroys something – her purity. Tenderly, but in vain, the man attempts to reverse this process.
Bon Appétit, Three and Takademe – Robert Battle
This End of Season Gala also features three creations by Robert Battle, up til November 20223 artistic director of the famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. The first work, Bon Appétit, is full of tribal and Latin influences. Battle even makes a subtle, ironic reference to cannibalism, but above all the choreography is an abstract, rhythmically very powerful translation of Steve Reich’s masterful Music for pieces of wood.
The second work, Three, was nominated for the Swan Award, the leading choreography prize in the Netherlands, as ‘Most Impressive Dance Production’. This is a hilarious and athletic power piece in which three men dive into a ‘muscular jam session’. “Never before have we seen such a successful and complete fusion of hip-hop, breakdance and modern dance,” said the jury of the Swans. And they continue: “Nowhere does it lack focus, the physical control is superb, you can see the performers having a great time and their concentration is incomparable.”
For the third work, Takademe, Robert Battle drew inspiration from the musical rhythms of classical Indian kathak dance. However, the short choreography is by no means ‘classical’: the choreographer used the fast and angular rhythms of the kathak for a contemporary, exceptionally virtuoso male solo. Battle’s Takademe is a delightful exposé of energy and dance pleasure.
Wrapped – Inbal Pinto
The End of Season Gala celebration is completed by the duet from Inbal Pinto’s absurdist Wrapped. The piece has won several prizes including a prestigious American Bessie Award. In this audience favourite, Pinto combines humour and poetry into a visually rich imaginary world to create, as he puts it, an urban legend. ‘A fantastic breath of fresh air’ wrote de Volkskrant.
At the End of Season Gala, several dancers who have been members of Introdans for many years will be saying goodbye to the dance stage.