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Dutch Dance Days

It is a common sight on a regular night out: partygoers who self-consciously move about in a half-hearted attempt to dance, yet under the influence of alcohol seem to lose all boundaries. This interplay of self-esteem and drunkenness is explored in the production Do you have a cigarette? and other ways of approaching. Choreographer Pere Faura shows you how (not) to dance in an unusual interpretation of the clubbing phenomenon.

More classical performances will also be on show at the Dutch Dance Days (Nederlandse Dansdagen), including the ballet Les Sylphides, composed by the famous Frédéric Chopin. In this ‘ballet blanc’ – a pure and classic non-narrative form of ballet – four white mythical sylphs (‘invisible’ beings of the air) dance in the moonlight around a poet. The women, clad in white, dance their pirouettes in a small, sober arena formed by the audience sitting in a circle on the floor, creating a mythical and intimate setting.

Together with a variety of other performances, they are representative of what the country has to offer in the area of dance. If you are curious, visit the Theatre aan het Vrijthof and other locations across Maastricht this coming weekend. For more information, see www.nederlandsedansdagen.nl.

 

Ruud Berkers

  • What: Dutch Dance Days
  • When: 9–11 October
  • Where: various locations, including Theater aan het Vrijthof
  • Admission: prices vary; up to €14
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