Holland Festival 2017

Manifesto © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst
Edition 18 May 2017

The Holland Festival, since 1947 the leading international performing arts festival in the Netherlands, offers music, theatre, dance, opera, film and visual arts from all corners of the world. It features established names as well as new talent. This year the festival celebrates its 70th edition with an extensive and festive programme. The Holland Times selected some interesting performances.


Special guest: Eva-Maria Westbroek Recognized internationally as one of the leading artists of our time, Kaufmann’s rich voice and subtle interpretations allow him to perform an especially wide repertoire. In this matinée concert he will sing Verdi and Wagner, including the breathtaking final scene of the first act of Die Walküre. 4 June, Het Concertgebouw


Julian Rosefeldt, Cate Blanchett In this extraordinary film installation by Julian Rosefeldt, world famous actress Cate Blanchett embodies thirteen characters in thirteen short films – including a teacher, puppeteer, newsreader and a factory worker. The texts are based on manifestos of art movements like Dada, Fluxus and Dogma 95, and individual artists such as Kazimir Malevich, Jim Jarmusch and Sol LeWitt. 4 – 25 June, Casco Amsterdam


Romeo Castellucci, Socìetas Romeo Castellucci, one of the most influential and controversial theatre directors in Europe, is known for his radical visual language and his performances’ grand decors. Democracy in America is inspired by Alexis de Tocqueville’s treatise (1835), in which the French philosopher examined America’s vibrant young democracy. 4 – 6 June, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam


National Theatre Of Great Britain After the EU referendum last year, the National Theatre began a nationwide project. A team of interviewers spoke to people to hear their opinions; their fears; their passions. Using exact words taken from the interviews, the National Theatre collaborates with Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, to put the people of Britain centre stage. 7 – 8 June, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam


Saint Genet, Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell In this intense production the controversial theatre maker Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell mixes dance, music, visual arts and extreme performance. It is a ritual of guilt and penance. 10 – 12 June, Westergasfabriek – Zuiveringshal West 887 Robert Lepage With his cinematic, immersive theatre- making Robert Lepage transports the audience to his childhood in the Québec City of the 1960s. Lepage’s theatre is intimate, melancholic, and moving. 16 – 18 June, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam


Alain Platel, Les Ballets C De La B Platel and his dancers focus on the intense emotions and confusion in the early years of the 20th century, with music by Mahler and an imposing set design by visual artist Berlinde De Bruyckere. 20 – 22 June, Royal Theatre Carré


Franui, Florian Boesch In collaboration with bass-baritone Florian Boesch this ‘musicbanda’ from East Tyrol performs its own interpretations of songs by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mahler and Purcell. 21 June, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ


Five concerts by world class artists in one day at the Concertgebouw, for only 10 euros per concert. In between the concerts you can enjoy intimate concerts in the foyers while having a drink or bite. That is the Holland Festival Proms. This year’s performers are, amongst others, brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen performing the hypnotic masterpiece MANTRA of Karlheinz Stockhausen on piano, and The Nile Project; swinging music from the Nile region. 24 June, Het Concertgebouw

3 – 25 June 2017
For full programme and ticket sales: www.hollandfestival.nl