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Julidans 2018: Topical, Engaged & Expressive

by our Editors in Theatre, Art & Expo , 18 juni 2018

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The twenty-eighth edition of Julidans will take place from July 2 to 15 at various locations in Amsterdam - including the Stadsschouwburg, Theater Bellevue, the Melkweg, the Vondelpark, Podium Mozaïek and the Bijlmer Parktheater.

To Da BoneAn important theme at this international festival for contemporary dance, with new and recent work by established names and up-and-coming talents, is identity. Who am I? Where do I belong? With personal stories about war, leaving home, the abuse of power, and sexual identity. Below, a number of highlights from the festival.

Marlene Monteiro Freitas’ ‘Canine Jaunâtre 3’ by the Batsheva Dance Company

The Cape Verdean choreographer Marlene Monteiro Freitas is the new enfant terrible of the dance world. Her work, which flirts with fashion and pop concerts, is theatrical, extreme and spectacular. She now introduces ‘Canine Jaunâtre 3’ with the Israeli top company the Batsheva Dance Company. The backdrop is a construction site with scaffolding and dust, workmen and overseers, assignments and accidents. It is an absurd mini-society, where rules don’t seem to apply and as much is built as it is demolished.

Guy Nader and Maria Campos’s ‘Set of Sets’ by GN/MC

The Lebanese Guy Nader and the Spanish Maria Campos find each other in their shared dance language, with which they seek out the boundaries of movement and the body. Last year, they were awarded the prestigious German theatre award Der Faust 2017 for their work “Fall Seven Times.”

Julidans 2018 will present “Set of Sets” in which the dancers seem to defy gravity with endless repetitive, rhythmic movements.

Gregory Maqoma’s ‘Via Kanana’ by Via Katlehong Dance

Dancer and choreographer Gregory Maqoma is one of the most talented artists of the new South African generation. With Via Katlehong Dance, which was founded in 1990 in a township near Johannesburg, he offers young people an alternative to a life of crime.

“Via Kanana” is their first joint venture, an energetic performance based on the pantsula, which came about during the Apartheid regime and is comparable with American hip hop.

‘To Da Bone’ of and by (La)Horde

Jumpers from all corners of Europe are sharing their unbridled dancing energy and enthusiasm in ‘To Da Bone’ from the French collective (La)Horde. Jump style, which resembles a contemporary, twisted version of folk dance, originally comes from the Netherlands.

On stage there will be fifteen to eighteen impetuous dancers, street kids who auditioned through YouTube and will give the public a healthy dose of energy - to the bone!

Lisbeth Gruwez and Maarten Van Cauwenberghe’s ‘The Seas Within’ by Voetvolk

After her successful “trilogy of the ecstatic body” (“It’s Going to Get Worse and Worse My Friend,” “AH/HA,” and “We’re Pretty Fuckin’ Far From Okay”) the Belgian dancer and choreographer Lisbeth Gruwez, the muse of Jan Fabre, takes a new direction with her first large production “The Sea Within,” the opening performance and a co-production of Julidans 2018. It is a hypnotic dance performance in which Gruwez no longer creates order in the chaos but creates chaos.

Still as sharp and intense as ever, she doesn’t zoom in on the individual this time, but has eleven dancers get lost in a grand, breath-taking landscape. After the show Maarten Van Cauwenberghe will be DJing at the opening party.

Hooman Sharifi’s ‘While They Are Floating’ by Carte Blanche

The Iranian choreographer Hooman Sharifi was a hip-hopper, but now is fully dedicated to contemporary dance. With the Norwegian company Carte Blanche, he created “While They Are Floating,” based on refugees’ stories.

Often refugees are presented as an anonymous mass, but this performance has an eye for individual experiences, for choices, memories, loss and sadness.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s ‘Mitten wir im Leben sind / Bach6Cellosuiten’ by Rosas

Bach’s Cello Suites are a milestone in Western music history with their ingenious architecture, dance rhythms and timeless beauty. Here, the six suites, edited and performed by the world-famous Jean-Guihen Queras, are performed by three male dancers and two female dancers, including living legend Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker herself. It is a fascinating symbiosis of music and dance, revealing the essence of the individual suites and their mutual interaction.

‘Xenos’ from and by Akram Khan

A living legend can be seen at work in “Xenos.” British-Bengali dancer and choreographer Akram Khan, who has been on Julidans many times, returns with a solo, his last. “Xenos,” with elements of classical Eastern and contemporary Western dance and live accompaniment by five musicians, represents the traumatic memories of a colonial soldier of the First World War. It is the portrait of an Indian dancer whose trained body is being misused as a weapon of war.

For Julidans NEXT in the Melkweg, Khan brings four up-and-coming choreographers along, who dance with him.

Dorothée Munyaneza’s ‘Unwanted’ by Compagnie Kadidi

The scars of history are central to the work of Dorothée Munyaneza, born in Rwanda. “Unwanted” examines the physical and emotional consequences of rape as a weapon of war and is based on the stories of Tutsi women who had a child during the genocide after a rape. For this impressive solo, accompanied live by the experimental musician Holland Andrews, Munyaneza collaborated with composer Alain Mahé and visual artist Bruce Clark.

Jefta van Dinther’s ‘Dark Field Analysis’

Jefta van Dinther was on Julidans in 2016 with “Protagonist” which he made at the Cullberg Ballet. Now he returns with an intimate duet of two naked men. “Dark Field Analysis” derives its name from an alternative medicine that detects the source of diseases in the blood using dark field microscopy. The conversations of the two men, however, go far beyond medical facts. Here, blood is an analogy for looking inside and outside, inside and outside ourselves.

 Julidans 2018, July 2-15,
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