Festive program in honor of the 40th anniversary of artistic director Introdans.
Forty years at Introdans: from dancer to artistic director. Roel Voorintholt celebrates his fortieth anniversary with the Arnhem dance company on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 in Musis Arnhem with a unique and festive surprise gala.
In a special gala program a journey is made along the career of Roel Voorintholt and fragments of his favorite ballets will be danced. It is a surprise which works will be on display, but it will undoubtedly be an exclusive and fantastic evening. Many highlights will pass in review, with works from Lucinda Childs, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Hans van Manen, Jiří Kylián, Ton Wiggers and Andonis Foniadakis among others.
Playtime: 12 April
From dancer to artistic director
A life, not just about dance, a life about Introdans. In the 1982-1983 season Roel Voorintholt came to the troupe as a replacement for an injured dancer, where he danced in many ballets. In 1989 he was asked to set up an independent youth department and he became artistic director of the Ensemble for Youth and Introdans Interaction. Here he showed his talent and nose for quality. Roel Voorintholt has been the company’s artistic director since 2005 and has managed to bind countless world-renowned choreographers to Introdans.
‘Introdans is for everyone from the age of 6 through 106 years old. We put our heart, soul and a great deal of craftsmanship into making even more people and audiences excited about the art of dance’, says Roel Voorintholt. This is and will remain his ambition.
With an inimitable enthusiasm and without going off course, Voorintholt leads the company to this day, so that Introdans not only manages to attract more and more audiences, but has grown into one of the leading dance companies in the Netherlands and far beyond. Inclusion, participation and diversity are of paramount importance. Because we aim for a lasting relationship between dance, our company, and our audiences and we go the extra mile not to exclude anyone in this.
Voorintholt received several prizes for his great services to dance, such as the Arnhem Girl (1993) and the Perspektieprijs (1997). In 2004 he was decorated as a Knight in the Order of Orange Nassau. In 2008, the Circle of Dutch Theater Critics honored him for his efforts to ‘upgrade youth dance’ with the Prijs van de Kritiek. In 2012, Voorintholt was awarded the Arnhemse Piet for how he put Arnhem on the map. He received the Oeuvreprijs of the Danspubliekprijs (2014) and the Gouden Zwaan (2015) for his important contribution to Dutch dance. The Jiří Kylián Ring followed in 2016. The crowning glory of his work can be called the Speciale Prijs of the Dansersfonds ’79, which he received in 2019.
Dress code: “Now is the time to go all out!