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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.

Twice as long – and enjoying dance in the winterFor the first time in its history, the festival lasted twice as long. The performances were spread over more than four weeks, with the emphasis on weekends, in order to cater to audience wishes. The festival opened in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix, with a festive gala focused on the future of dance. Many audience favourites appeared in the programme, and the young talents of Codarts Rotterdam (4th-year Havo students) created a wonderful atmosphere in the auditorium with their rhythmic movements. The gala was also the occasion of the fourth presentation of the Kylián ring, which went to Ingrid Wolff for the many years of work she has devoted to the very youngest members of the dance audience.
Education highlight: Dance Date It was also the first time that the traditional Dance Parade was held in the run-up to the festival, rather than during it. The participants from dance schools in the region drew 18,000 visitors to the centre of The Hague. During the festival, a national project for amateur dancers was launched: Dance Date. In the project, ambitious amateur dancers worked with eleven choreographers, including Ed Wubbe, Marco Gerris and Jiří Kylián. The auditions in five regions of the Netherlands attracted 700 applicants, of whom 100 were selected for the national tour that will run until June.
Holland Dance Festival and the metropolitan regionIt goes without saying that public interest in dance is high in the metropolitan region of The Hague and Rotterdam. This was proved by the 19 sold-out performances during the Holland Dance Festival. In the rest of the region, Scapino Ballet also had success in the same period, with sold-out performances in Rotterdam. As the biggest international dance festival of the Netherlands, Holland Dance acts as a promoter of dance. The organisation is looking forward to inspiring their audiences again in February 2014, with a selection of dance from all over the world.

 

New course on integrated dance22 Oct 2014

Dance is voor everybody! Whether you’ve got a physical disability or not. DanceAble, the new ‘integrated dance’ course, starts in november 2014. Holland Dance is the organisator of this course, which is especially made for people with and without a (physical) disability.  It is now possible to enroll yourself for the course, but please note it is tought in Dutch. More information can be found here

Integrated dance is a danceform which brings together dancers with and without a physical disability. Everybody dances according to his or her possibilities and the combinaton of abled and disabled provides for a special new contact between people. The course is a follow-up on the succesfull pilotproject which had it’s presentationmoment during the Holland Dance Festival 2014.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Samuel Wuersten receives royal honours02 May 2011

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.

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.