A VERY OLD MAN WITH ENORMOUS WINGS at Theater aan het Spui in The Hague

Presented by STET, The English Theatre.
A young couple with a sick baby meet an old man with . . . err . . . enormous wings and the infant immediately recovers, therefore establishing, QED, that the old man must be an angel. The villagers flock to see him and the young couple make a fortune selling angel feathers and other merchandising.

Almost one in five physical books bought in Holland is in English

Residents of The Netherlands bought 43.2 million books last year, a rise of 0.4% on the year before. English-language books drove the sales, and physical bookstores regained their ground after losing it to online shopping during the pandemic. Audiobooks also massively spiked in popularity, the Collectieve Propaganda van het Nederlandse Boek foundation reported.

Opera2Day’s new take on DON QUIXOTE

True to their raison d’être Opera2Day has devised yet another brand new opera, this one based on the unlikely Spanish hero  – The Ingenious Nobleman Don Quixote of La Mancha. Their creations of new works, using a mix of existing classical as well as new music, usually work brilliantly. For this production, the New European Ensemble was joined by La Fonte Musica. Concept and libretto are by Stefano Simone Pintor.

Rutkay Özpinar’s WORK LINE at the Korzo in The Hague

In Work Line, Rutkay Özpinar brings to life this tension between our instinct and what we have been taught into a dynamic spectacle. Four dancers end up in a world where they are confronted with these imposed structures. How do they deal with this and what role does instinct play?

Exciting new discoveries in lead-up to Vermeer exhibition(s)

During the preparations for the exhibition Het Delft van Vermeer (Vermeer’s Delft) at Museum Prinsenhof two new biographical facts about Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) surfaced. For example, former archivist Bas van der Wulp of Erfgoed Delft found a still unknown entry of Vermeer in the burial register of the Oude Kerk, which shows that the artist was given a funeral.

DARA Ó BRIAIN at Amare in The Hague

His stories range from his problem knee and the operations thereon and the consequent  indignity of having to go around Alton Towers in a shop-mobility scooter, to the audience at a recent gig in Cologne. The Germans took unbounded delight in the problems caused to the British by Brexit

An great new initiative at Korzo in The Hague

Going to the theater during your lunch break? You can now, because the Korzo is introducing lunch-time performances including food. You can attend a short performance of about twenty minutes and then enjoy a delicious lunch and chat with the maker(s).

International Film Festival Rotterdam announces line-up of speakers

Includes French cinematographer Hélène Louvart and 2023 Robby Müller Award winner, Pacificition director Albert Serra, Steve McQueen, who presents his latest artwork Sunshine State at International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk and a discussion led by Girls on Film, a film podcast from a female perspective.