SPRING - 10 days dance theatre and more - UtrechtView all


From Thursday 18 – Saturday 27 May 2017 the fifth edition of SPRING will take place in Utrecht. SPRING is an international festival where audiences discover theatre makers and choreographers who are unafraid to take risks and seek out the limits of dance, theatre, performance and visual art. Almost all performances are language no problem, this means language won’t be a barrier in viewing the performances.

The programm will be presented in the theatre venues of Utrecht, including Stadsschouwburg Utrecht and Theater Kikker, but also in other (unexpected) places across the city. The festival presents new developments in performing arts with a strong focus on crossover forms between dance and theatre, but also to visual arts.

Opening and Closing Night

SPRING will open on Thursday 18 May 2017 with the latest work by one of the rising stars of the international dance world: Marlene Monteiro Freitas. Responsible for the biggest hit of SPRING 2015, this remarkable Cape Verdean choreographer is returning to Utrecht with her own, unique version of Euripides’ tragedy Bacchae – Prelude to a Purge.

During the second festival weekend SPRING is going all-out, presenting an unprecedented, world-class art extravaganza. SACRIFICE -a mini festival is a four-part special, a ‘miniature festival’ featuring visual art, pop music, theatre and dance as the basic principles for a new religion in times of secularisation: art. For the four parts that make up SACRIFICE -a mini festival, the Icelandic choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir is collaborating with her partner Valdimar Johannsson, The Icelandic Dance Company and a number of striking visual artists, including Ragnar Kjartansson, Gabríela Friðriksdóttir and the renowned Matthew Barney. Composer/musician Bryce Dessner (The National) will be supplying the soundtrack. SACRIFICE-a mini festival is a full-length experience where seeing is believing.

 Non-European Programme

The Indonesian-born choreographer Eko Supriyanto, who danced with Madonna and was part of several other major international productions, mixes the rich world of traditional culture with contemporary dance. In Balabala, five young female dancers from a small community in East-Indonesia, who have no background in dance, are set to move their audience to tears in this serene yet very powerful choreography that sees Supriyanto fearlessly taking on big themes such as gender roles and colonialism.

Corbeaux by the Moroccan Bouchra Ouizguen will be descending on the streets and squares of Utrecht like a murder of crows. Out of nowhere, a group of women forms a sculpture of sound and performs a choreography of sighs. Placing Utrecht-born women alongside Moroccan women, young alongside old, women with an immigrant background alongside women without one, Corbeaux is a pure burst of energy that will disappear as swiftly as it appears.

 Young (Dutch) Makers

SPRING supports a wide selection of promising young artists, some of them Dutch, others from different backgrounds but working in the Netherlands. Choreographer Katja Heitmann (winner of the 2016 Prize of the Dutch Dance Festival) presents her show Pandora’s DropBox, a search for the limits of human control: can a human being become a top-performing machine?

Julian Hetzel’s Schuldfabrik is an artistic statement about the conflicting meanings of the German word ‘Schuld,’ which can mean both debt and guilt. His performance-installation takes visitors on a route along several spaces: a concept store, a soap factory, a beauty clinic and a confessional.

The complete program and ticketsales can be found via www.springutrecht.nl

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