Discover “the next big thing” in dance at the Julidans festival in Amsterdam


The Grand Masters and Enfants Terribles of the international contemporary dance scene flock to Amsterdam for the annual Julidans, a festival for dance taking place in early July this year.

The festival has gained an international reputation for staging some of Europe’s most unconventional, controversial and surprising performances. It is an excellent opportunity to get your finger on the pulse of the contemporary dance scene and discover the up-and-coming choreographers and dancers of tomorrow.

The festival will run from July 3rd to July 14th and takes place all over Amsterdam in seven different locations. A few of the performances will be held at the Vondelpark Open-Air Theatre, which will make for a fantastic and unusual backdrop to the cutting-edge performances. The choreographers and dancers come from all over the world and take inspiration from their different backgrounds, which also makes this a festival of ideas. The Dutch premiere of Exit/Exist by South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma, for example, is a dynamic mix of classical ballet and tribal dance.  Eastman/Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui got inspired by manga comics for a performance that will include ten dancers, three musicians and a calligrapher. It’s unlikely to get boring with so many multimedia performances to choose from.

One of the highlights will be the premiere of Creation 2012 by Canadian choreographer Dave St-Pierre. It is part of a trilogy of which the first two parts “La pornographie des âmes” and “Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde” appeared in previous editions. As the titles reveal, the Canadian belongs to the Enfants Terribles of dance, and loves to break down clichés and challenge audiences. He merges many different genres in his work and likes to keep costumes rather minimal, with a majority of his dancers performing naked (ahem).

Visitors can also get a behind-the scenes glimpse of the shows, whilst filling their bellies at a “Meet and Eat” where they will  be able to mingle with the choreographers, and attend one of the talks or introductions. If you happen to be a professional dancer you can also take part in a range of exciting workshops.

P&O Ferries run a frequent service from Hull to Rotterdam, from there it is only a one hour drive to Amsterdam.

One Response to “Discover “the next big thing” in dance at the Julidans festival in Amsterdam”

  1. I suppose I’m gonna have to read up some more, but this was a pretty good spring board.

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