2021 marks the 20th edition of the CaDance Festival in The Hague. Time for a celebration, a new approach, presenting up-and-coming talent and cherishing experienced creatives. For the first time, CaDance will be held live in theatres and online. The festival’s anniversary edition is certain as always to be a springboard for promising creative dance talent based in the Netherlands. A new development starting this year, in addition to the online program, is the inclusion of a few unique circus makers in the program: Alexander Vantournhout (Belgium) and Tall Tales Company from Rotterdam. In addition to these, there’s room for even more creatives who choose for new forms of movement and who regularly push the limits between various performing arts disciplines such as Naomi Velissariou.
Especially for this anniversary edition, fans can look forward to the appearances of a few important choreographers who share a rich history with CaDance: Krisztina de Châtel, Marina Mascarell, Ann Van den Broek, and Duda Paiva.
In defiance of the challenging times, you can experience a total of seven premieres during CaDance. Duda Paiva plays, together with the young Fractal Collective, in the opening performance/world premiere of Sonatinas 4 Feet. Krisztina de Châtel presents Feminale, a double bill performance about the power of women with new work of her own and by promising Korzo choreographer Astrid Boons. With support from Korzo and the Nederlands Dans Theater, the French Antonin Rioche presents his first full-length performance Glitter, which will go on tour throughout the Netherlands after CaDance. Sarada Sarita won the 2019 BNG Bank Dance Prize and is back with The Quintessentials~Q5, this time the spotlight is on the club style waacking. A Dutch tour is also planned for Q5 after CaDance. Dunja Jocic presents De Panter, the sequel to The Resident, based on Rilke’s poem of the same name. Marina Mascarell presents the premiere of Bird Dog in which four performers bring the work to life while moving through their hometowns Tokyo, New York, The Hague and Lisbon. Poernima Gobardhan shows her new contemporary Bharatanatyam solo as part of a double bill shared with Amira Al Rawi.
CaDance live on stage and online
In addition to a wonderful program in Korzo’s auditoria, HNT/Theater aan het Spui, and at two special locations in The Hague, CaDance also has an online edition. This consists of exclusive programs developed specially for online viewing, context programming that connects with what happens in the theatres, movies, live streams of premieres, and the presentation of the second Leo Spreksel Award, the encouragement prize for young dance makers.
The future, the city, and movement central in fringe program
To support the Festival feeling, CaDance explores the future of dance, circus, and physical theatre with fascinating selection of after talks, podcasts, panel discussions, and online dance classes. As a supplement to the performances the online fringe program focusses on current events such as the brand new online Korzo Studio X, and the expansion of the concept of what dance and movement can be. We will also be going out and about in Dance City The Hague, following projects such as Motus Mori by Katja Heitmann.
Photo credit Menno van der Meulen