On June 28th I co-directed the 3rd International Young Patrons Gala at Dutch National Opera & Ballet with Lisenka Heijboer. We created a programme that welcomed 1600 young people to our world of opera and ballet and shared our vision of live performance art and what it takes to create it.
I will be participating in New English Ballet Theatre’s Choreography Lab as one of four selected choreographers. The works created during the Lab will be showcased as part of the 2019 programme NEW WORKS at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, on 4 – 6 September 2019.
‘Individuell’ a New work for Bavarian Junior Ballet Munich
A piece about interdependence for nine dancers.
More info about the piece and the process, CLICK HERE
For de Ij-Salon I was asked to stage a version of the Johannes Passion with soloists, the National Youth Choir and an orchestra made up of musicians from het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest & IBF orchestra, Gran Canaria . The concert took place at the Muziekgebouw aan t-ij on March 23rd.
For this staging I used the choir to represent the beauty of a mass of people, and in contrast, how mob mentality can generate an overwhelming and scary sense of power.
In April I re-staged my version of Johannes Passion in Gran Canaria for the International Bach Festival 2019 with the Ainur Choir, soloists & musicians from the IBF Orchestra.
De Dans Ontsprongen
Remembrance Day (Dodenherdenking), May 4th at 9 pm, theatre makers and artists throughout the Netherlands are committed to creating awareness and to remember and reflect on the soldiers and civilians who died during during World War II. During the tenth edition of Theater Na de Dam, more than a hundred performances will be played simultaneously, each relating in their own way to World War II.
Alongside an amazing team of artists I will be creating an evening theatre piece inspired by the story of holocaust survivor, Edith Eger, the ‘ballerina of Auschwitz’, who as sixteen year old had to dance for the ‘angel of death’ Josef Mengele. This performance explores the relationship between perpetrator and victim, bringing their stories into the present- lest we forget.
De Dans Ontsprongen was performed by dancer Igone de Jongh & actor Pierre Bokma