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Holland, 70 years of festival!
The Holland Festival is a big cultural event in
the city of Amsterdam and has now reached its
70th anniversary; in the course of the years it
has showcased leading names in opera, theatre,
dance and international films. It is, together with
the Festival d’Avignon and the Edinburgh In-
ternational Festival (both also founded in 1947),
the oldest festival of its kind in Europe. The
salient dance event at the forthcoming edition
in June will be its home company Het Nationale
Ballet in Alexei Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Tril-
ogy, a full-evening programme to music by the
Russian composer which Ratmansky created
in 2013 for American Ballet Theatre and which
will be performed in Amsterdam for the first
time in Europe. The Festival’s offerings are ec-
lectic and include highly diverse shows by
dancemakers such as Boris Charmatz or Alain
Platel as well as, in the theatre section, by di-
rectors who are often associated with dance;
this year, for example, there will be a “physical
theatre” creation by Greek Dimitris
Papaioannou.

Emanuel Gat Dance: “Sunny”, c. Emanuel Gat (ph. D. Lothert)
Het Nationale Ballet, Amsterdam:
Preljocaj from New York to “Shostakovich Trilogy”, c. Alexei Ratmansky
Sanchis to four pieces from Coltrane’s 1964 (ph. P. Ramone)
album A Supreme Love which is considered a Montpellier
magnum opus of jazz music. Other leading The opening of MontpellierDanse
artists on the current dance and performance (in Montpellier, in the south of
art scene, such as Jérôme Bel, will be at the France) on 23 June has been en-
Festival, together with newer names (See trusted to Angelin Preljocaj and his
Calendar for details). Aix-en-Provence-based company and
to two works commissioned by New
York City Ballet: Spectral Evidence
(2013, music by John Cage) and the
Ballet Preljocaj: “Spectral Evidence”, more famous La Stravaganza (1997,
c. Angelin Preljocaj (ph. J.-C. Carbonne) that couples Vivaldi with contempo-
rary American scores). This festi-
val, which is one of the most impor-
tant summer platforms for French
and international dance, continues
through to 7 July with a rich and
varied programme. In particular, mark
your calendars for the following: the
Lyon Opera Ballet in Lucinda Childs’
legendary Dance and in an Emanuel
Gat programme; Het Nationale Bal-
let of Amsterdam in two pro-
grammes of works by Hans van
Manen, the troupe’s resident chore-
ographer and doyen of European mod-
ern ballet; Steven Cohen; Mathilde
Monnier; the Marie Chouinard Com-
pany, with Chouinard’s “study on
walking” (Soft virtuosity, still humid,
on the edge). Of note is also the festi-
val’s film section which will be screen-
ing documentaries on, or films of
works by, not only the featured cho-
reographer (e.g. Van Manen), but also
others – especially Merce
Cunningham (including a series of
films made by Charles Atlas).

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