This performing arts festival has been held every year in Amsterdam since 1947. The annual programs cover the full spectrum of genre, from contemporary theater and dance to opera, music theater and multimedia works. Since 2005, the festival’s artistic director is Pierre Audi, the artistic director of The Dutch Opera (De Nederlandse Opera).
Among the highlights of the theater program director and writer Dieudonné Niangouna of the Republic of the Congo, whose work deals with that country’s civil strife, presents the world premiere of Shéda
by; Argentine director Mariano Pensotti presents Cineastas
, a work straddling the boundaries of reality and fiction based on the subject matter of four film directors; Thomas Ostermeier
, artistic director of Berlin’s the Schaubühne, directs Chekov’s play The Seagull
; Sydney’s Belvoir St Theater resident director Simon Stone presents Ipsen play The Wild Duck
; director Marco Layera Navarro of Chile presents a comedy of the absurd work Tratando de hacer una obra que cambie el mundo
; Germany’s Berliner Ensemble originally founded by Bertolt Brecht, presents Brecht’s The resistible rise of Arturo Ui
On the dance program, the L.A. Dance Project led by choreographer and former New York City Ballet principal dancer, Benjamin Millepied, presents remakes of Merce Cunningham William Forsythe works and his own pieces; French-Algerian choreographer Abou Lagraa presents Roots
), a work dealing Islamic culture and identity; two choreographers (Chinese-born Shen Wei and Britain’s David Dawson) and the Dutch National Ballet (Het Nationale Ballet) present The Rite of Spring
(Le Sacre du Printemps
) and Overture; and Brazilian choreographer Bruno Beltrão, known as the philosophical hip hop artist, and his Grupo de Rua company present the new dance work CRACKz
Among the numerous productions of music theater and opera are German master Heiner Goebbels presents When the Mountain Changed Its Clothing
, and Jan Fabre presents Tragedy of a Friendship
based on the relationship between the composer Wagner and the philosopher Neitzsche.
Held in Amsterdam for a month each year beginning from the end of May, this is an arts festival with broad-ranging programs of music, opera, theater, dance, visual arts and film. Launched in 1947 the programs present a mix of both established big names and the latest daring experiments by emerging artists. Each year’s program features about 80 performances of some 30 works at venues including the Het Concertgebouw, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam and Het Muziektheater Amsterdam.