Some Highlights This Month

Nederlands Dans Theater 2 is on tour with SUM THOUGHTS

After a longish pause STET, The English Theatre, is back with Cry Havoc! which is at Het Paradijs at the Koninklijke Schouwburg from 19th. Written and performed by American Stephan Wolfert it is a thought-provoking, touching and surprisingly funny evening of finely crafted, interactive theatre.

Wolfert recounts his own experiences of military service, weaving his personal narrative with lines from some of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches. He proposes that the military recruits citizens and trains them to kill, but asks what does the “de-cruit” process look like? How do civilians and Veterans re-learn to live together?

Another of the highlights this month is the Rewire Festival of experimental music which runs at various venues in The Hague on the 6th, 7th and 8th. Its main attraction is certainly the celebrated American avant-gardist Laurie Anderson who will be appearing at the Korzo Theater.

The Nederlands Dans Theater NDT 2 company is on tour with its Sum Thoughts, a programme of short pieces in which the young dancers are exposed to a lexicon of dance languages. They perform Short Cut (1999) by maestro Hans van Manen and Edward Clug’s mutual comfort (2015). Former NDT dancer Marina Mascarell makes her first creation for the company, and the evening also offers a world premiere by house choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot. Sum Thoughts therefore becomes a rich tapestry of lyrical and experimental work by new and established talent.

Prior to the performances in Zuiderstrandtheater you can attend a free introduction talk.  Get to know more about the company, choreographer, dancers and the performance! It takes place between 7.00 and 7.30pm in the foyer on the upper floor.

On the visual arts scene, in Rotterdam the excellent Bable: Old Masters Back from Japan continues at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen while the Kunsthal’s exhibition of hyper-realistic sculpture continues. While you are there be sure not to miss Circus Europa by Danish artist Michael Kvium on the ground floor which is easily missable being hidden down a dark narrow corridor and badly signposted.

At The Hague’s Gemeente Museum a major exhibition of German Espressionist Max Liebermann has just opened alongside a show by chair designer Richard Hutten and a couple more interesting shows. Next door at the Fotomuseum Photography And Form continues until 22nd April.

 

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