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Samuel Wuersten receives royal honours02 May 2011

Samuel Wuersten receives royal honours

On Friday 29 April, Samuel Wuersten, Artistic Director of Holland Dance and Member of the Executive Board of Codarts Rotterdam, University for the Arts, received a knighthood in the order of Orange-Nassau Wuersten was honoured with this knighthood for his exceptional achievements in promoting the development of Dutch dance at home and abroad. The organisations of Holland Dance and Codarts Rotterdam are pleased that so many colleagues in the field have contributed their efforts to make this distinction possible.

Swiss born Samuel Wuersten (Gstaad, 1961) is well known in his home country for his achievements in dance in spite of the fact that he moved to the Netherlands 26 years ago and currently holds the Dutch nationality. From 1998 until 2010 he was the Artistic Co-director of the Steps festival, from 1997 until 2009 he was a member of the Prix de Lausanne’s artistic committee and the competition’s official teacher for contemporary dance. He has taught in Switzerland at the Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve and has also choreographed for Cathy Sharp’s dance company in Basle. In addition, Samuel Wuersten has been a regular guest lecturer at the University in Bern. Samuel Wuersten has been recently appointed to develop a new bachelor dance program in Switzerland on behalf of the ZHdK, Zuercher Hochschule der Kuenste and Codarts Rotterdam, University for the Arts.

Since 1994, Samuel Wuersten has been the artistic director of Holland Dance, the organisation behind the biennial festival and according to critics one of the most important dance festivals in the world. Under Wuersten’s direction, Holland Dance has grown into key presentation platform for dance. Wuersten continuously contributes to a varied dance landscape in which emerging talents and established names can excel and reach new heights. Because of his artistic, visionary and entrepreneurial qualities, Wuersten has succeeded in bringing Holland Dance to its current high level of recognition: stimulating for dance professionals, challenging and inspiring for audiences. The world’s greatest dancers and choreographers came to The Hague under Wuersten’s direction.

Holland Dance is constantly on the move and stages various dance events for a broad audience all year round. In addition to a stage for presentation, Holland Dance is also producer, coproducer, and instigator of dance projects. The promotion of the dance, with special attention for amateurs and education is a guiding principal in all of Holland Dance’s activities.

Since 2000, Samuel Wuersten has been the Artistic Director of the Rotterdam Dance Academy at Codarts Rotterdam, University for the Arts. In 2009 he joined the Executive Board of this leading educational institution for dancers, musicians and circus artists. During his artistic directorship he positioned the Rotterdam Dance Academy as one of the best programs for aspiring dancers, dance teachers and choreographers. As member of the Executive Board he is now responsible for the artistic vision behind all Codarts programs.

 

Princess Beatrix attending Free to Move28 Aug 2014

We are delighted that Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands will attend Free to Move on Thurday September 4th in Lucent Danstheater. Free to Move is an initiative of the Prinses Beatrix Spierfonds and Holland Dance. With this event eight modern dancecompanies from the Netherlands perform selfless in honour of the battle against muscular deceases.

No ticket sales possible on 25 and 26 August24 Aug 2014

To improve the service to our customers, Holland Dance is updating it’s ticket box system. As a result no ticket sales are possible from Monday 25th until Wednesday the 27th of August. This applies to both our online and reservations via phone or at the box office in the Korzo theatre. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Should you have any questions, please let us know on +31(0)70-363 75 40.

Give dance as a present03 Dec 2013

This festive season you can give a Holland Dance Festival experience as a present. December 3rd through 26th we offer you a festive discount of €2,50 per performance ticket. Tickets can be ordered by phone or by ordering online through holland-dance.com. After the holidays the festival keeps selling at affordable prices. From €17,50 you can enjoy an inspiring evening. Nobody has to stay at home, but be quick before shows sell out!

Please take note: this offer is not valid in combination with other discounts.

Update Dance Massive programme31 Oct 2013

Sunday November 3rd Holland Dance presents the Holland Dance Massive. From 3 p.m. a show will be put on at the Spuiplein in The Hague. After a supporting programme of different dancing groups a thousand dancers will enter the Spuiplein to perform the Dance Massive. Choreographer Thom Stuart of De Dutch Don’t Dance Division has been invited to create this mass choreography with as a grande finale the performance of Duh Haagse kakkeâhr; a ‘typical The Hague-ish’  dance.

Dance Massive25 Sep 2013

Sunday November 3rd Holland Dance presents the Holland Dance Massive. From 3 p.m. a thousand dancers will put on a show at the Spuiplein. Choreographer Thom Stuart of De Dutch Don’t Dance Division has been invited to create a mass choreography with as a grande finale the performance of Duh Haagse kakkeâhr; a ‘typical The Hague-ish’ dance.

Holland Dance & Princess Beatrix Fund present new initiative: Free To Move19 Jun 2013

Dance city The Hague will host the festive opening to the 2013-2014 dance season on Thursday 5 September with a new initiative: the Free To Move dance event. The evening focuses on moving and being moved, and features leading international dancers. Through this initiative, the Princess Beatrix Fund and Holland Dance aim to raise awareness of muscular disorders in the Netherlands. While enjoying a spectacular evening, audiences can contribute to the scientific research supported by the fund.

Public interest in dance remains strong in economic downturn29 Feb 2012

The thirteenth edition of the Holland Dance Festival, ´Source of Inspiration´, which took place in dance city The Hague from 26 January to 26 February, ended with a successful final weekend of sold-out performances by Conny Janssen Danst and Emio Greco. Over the past month, Holland Dance Festival has presented a sample sheet of international and Dutch dance, ranging from top ‘acts’ like Sylvie Guillem and Streb Extreme Action Company to exciting newcomers from Brazil and Cuba. The fact that the demand for dance has stayed relatively stable despite the economic downturn is proved by the 19,000 visitors who made their way to the theatres. Houses were filled to an average capacity of 74% for 56 performances, and the 20 sold-out performances had long waiting lists for returned tickets. The absolute smash hit of the festival was undoubtedly the performance by Jacoby&Pronk, in which former Dutch National Ballet dancer Rubinald Pronk returned to his hometown, The Hague.

Talent on the move on tour29 Feb 2012

Wednesday 22 February Talent On The Move will start their tour in the Posthuis Theater, Heerenveen. As an initiative of Holland Dance, the new talents of the Rotterdam dance academy are touring the country with the program Talent On The Move.

Festival Box Office19 Feb 2012

Central festival box office

The central Holland Dance Festival box office is located in the Korzo theatre, Prinsestraat 42. You can buy tickets there for all the festival locations except the Lucent Danstheater. Reserved tickets can be picked up from the festival box office until the day before the performance. On the day of the performance, you can pick up reserved tickets from the theatre in question.

Hit and Run18 Feb 2012

Today, Saturday February 18 you can expect some dancers of Club Movers ‘n Shakers between 16:00 hours and 17:00 hours on the Grote Markt, Het Plein and at the intersection of the Bonneterie and Passage in The Hague. They show you a preview of the moves from the club event on Saturday 25 February.

Come in and dance17 Feb 2012

There are still places available for the masterclass of Duda Paiva in the Korzo theater and of DanzAbierta in the Theater aan het Spui. You can follow these masterclasses today, Saturday February 18 and both will start at 14:00 hours.

Defying gravity06 Feb 2012

STREB is in The HagueThe Atrium, The Hague City Hall, will be transformed into a stage on which the dancers can perform on 10,11 & 12 February. Do you want to know more about Elizabeth Streb and her company? Read the interview.

Afterparty01 Feb 2012

On Thursday, February 2 there is an afterparty at the festivalcafe which starts at 22.00 hours, after the show Body Against Body from Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company afterparty. The Rotterdam based DJ duo Body II Body runs  pumping dance tracks in the festival café Korzo. Be there! 

Samuel Wuersten named ‘Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres’31 Jan 2012

On Tuesday 31 January 2012, Samuel Wuersten, artistic director of Holland Dance and member of the Board of Directors of Codarts, will be admitted to the French Order of Arts and Letters and given the title Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. Wuersten is being honoured for his great achievements in the development of dance in general and in the promotion of French contemporary dance in the Netherlands. “Samuel Wuersten has a dynamic personality and has been instrumental in stimulating French programming in the Netherlands”. The admission to the French order is the second honour he has received in less than a year, as he was recently knighted in the Order of Oranje-Nassau.

Jiří Kylián Ring presentation27 Jan 2012

The Holland Dance Festival’s festive ‘Source of Inspiration’ gala is the occasion of the fourth presentation of the Jiří Kylián Ring. In 2010, the ring was received by lighting designer Ellen Knops, who will now be passing on the prestigious award to someone who has made a significant and inspiring contribution to dance in the Netherlands.

Spice up your skills17 Jan 2012

Are you a dancer who wants to learn new techniques, explore dance styles and spark your creativity? Then sign up for one of the masterclasses given by one of the dance companies that can be seen at the upcoming Holland Dance Festival. From Bill T. Jones, Drew Jacoby, Balletboyz to Barak Marshall, a great opportunity to get to know the dancers of the companies and  the different styles.

Call for dancers29 Nov 2011

Don’t Hit Mama is bringing the funky club dance culture of the United States to the Holland Dance Festival in 2012. The driving force behind the group is the artistic power of theatre maker Nita Liem. Years ago, the New York underground club scene inspired Liem to develop her own variation on the club event. In every town she performs with her dancers, she looks for fresh local dance talent and adds it to her team of urban and hiphop dancers. In The Hague, the group will be reinforced by Club Movers ’n Shakers. Together, they will present an energetic mix of dance acts and theatre in a night-club atmosphere. The dancers’ enthusiasm is so infectious that the audience is drawn into the performance in next to no time.

De Dutch Summer Dance Course02 May 2011

Learn from the past, Step into the Future”

From Monday August 1 until Saturday August 13th DeDDDD and Ballet & Co organises an international dancing course with special attention and focus on the Dutch Dance heritage. De Dutch Summer Dance Course takes place in the studios and theatre of the recently renovated, trendy Korzo Theatre in The Hague.