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Amsterdam’s Julidans festival opens on July 1 (until July 11, 2009)
 In this year’s 19th holding of the festival, the program lineup spans the generations from veteran Wim Vandekeybus to middle generation artists like Andr é Gingras and Ann van den Broek, and emerging artists like Olivier Dubois.

Some highlights of this year’s program are works by the Moroccan-ethnic Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, the British sculptor Antony Gormley and a work titled Sutra performed by monks of China’s Shaolin temple (premiered May 2008 at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre). Also, as the non-European works to be invited, India’s Padmini Chettur performs Beautiful Thing 1, while from China comes the Living Dance Studio, as one of the few independent dance companies in the country. For the “Julidans NEXT” program, two Japanese artists, Shintaro Oue of and Satoshi Kudo, and their work “=equal” have been chosen by Larbi Cherkaoui.

Festival Outline:
The Julidans festival was launched in 1991 by the Amsterdam municipal theater Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam and the production company Van Baasbank & Baggerman. As the name Julidans (July dance) implies, the festival is held each July at a growing number of venues throughout the city of Amsterdam. It has won high acclaim as an international dance festival with its cutting-edge program of works ranging from controversial works and appearances by unknown artists and works by non-European artists. From 2007, the festival has added a “Julidans NEXT” program that gives artists the chance to introduce works by talented young artists. There is also a “Cinedans” program that presents dance video and film works.
Dates: July 1 – 11, 2009
Venues: Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Theater Bellevue, etc.