Exclusive anniversary production for the Holland Dance Festival
To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we have put together an extra anniversary production that will only be shown during the eighteenth Holland Dance Festival.
In this we establish a clear relationship with the festival and with the city of The Hague. First of all, the program includes three masterly ballets by Jiří Kylián, the choreographer who brought world fame to the Nederlands Dans Theater in The Hague and whose work was frequently part of the Holland Dance Festival. We also present Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s enchanting In Memoriam, a work that Introdans director Roel Voorintholt saw for the first time during the Holland Dance Festival and which impressed him so much that it laid the foundation for a wonderful and warm working relationship between the Flemish-Moroccan choreographer and our company.
Playtime: 9 february - 10 february
Locations: Den Haag
Introdans has built up a considerable Kylián oeuvre in recent years, and our company’s repertoire now includes no fewer than fifteen ballets by the master choreographer. During the Holland Dance Festival we will present two of these, plus a premiere work for Introdans. The performance opens with Un Ballo, a beautifully subdued, atmospheric musical ballet to two compositions by Ravel, performed under a magical sky of eighty burning candles. New for Introdans is Petite Mort, a masterpiece from Kylián’s famous black-and-white period, set to the slow movements of Mozart’s two most famous piano concertos. Mozart was also the source of inspiration for the third work, Sechs Tänze, but in a completely different way: in the absurdist work – full of crazy humor, dusty powder wigs, hoop skirts on wheels, affable nods and pouted pouts – Kylián shows his most playful and frenzied side.
After the break, we dance the full version of Cherkaoui’s widely acclaimed In Memoriam, in which the celebrated Moroccan-Flemish choreographer pays tribute to his ancestors and recently deceased relatives. The meditative choreography explores the link between reality and memory, set to beautiful polyphonic vocals by the Corsican ensemble A Filetta. In an imaginary underworld, the dancers explore magnetic and polarizing forces such as softness and aggression, attraction and repulsion, in order to understand the meaning of the word ‘harmony’.
The extra festive performance on 10 February is dedicated to the Princess Beatrix Spierfonds. Dance symbolizes the ultimate freedom of movement. A freedom that starts with healthy muscles. This freedom is not self-evident for muscle patients. That is why Princess Beatrix Spierfonds, Amare and Holland Dance are joining forces for the ninth time to raise money for research into curing these diseases. Dancers are in a daily battle for victory, they want to get the most out of their bodies. People with a muscle disease unfortunately have a completely different, unequal battle with their bodies. And we use this contrast to draw attention to muscle diseases through dance. United in a beautiful evening of beautiful dance.