• 18 Aug. → 30 Sep. '17Vorplatz Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, Germany

    Ruhrtriënnale: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    In the summer of 2017 the Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout declares ‘The End of Everything’ with his large-scale installation in front of the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum. Van Lieshout’s new works for the Ruhrtriennale are a reflection on art and the world and a commentary on our human behaviour as consumers. All the works are based on the idea that things must be destroyed on a large scale in order to create space for a new creative beginning. At the heart of the installation stand a group of rough, industrial artworks, vast machines with titles like ‘The Roller’, ‘The Shredder’, ‘Conan the Barbar’ or ‘Bronco’. Milling and shredding, hammering and pressing are actions which can be equally representative of destruction as construction, signalling a break with tradition or a new beginning. Linked to this is the notion of recycling: of rubbish, of consumer goods, of art – even works by van Lieshout himself.
    With ‘The End of Everything’ the artist places his work in direct relation to the Italian Futurists of the early 20th century and references their theses to address the issues of our time. The Italian Futurists regarded themselves as a revolutionary cultural movement that sought completely destroy all institutions in order to necessitate a new beginning, increasingly glorifying violence and war and ultimately collaborating with the fascist regime. Today the world is experiencing fundamental technical and major social changes: artificial intelligence, robots, genetic engineering and big data are omnipresent; populist movements are increasingly spreading. Van Lieshout’s works for the Ruhrtriennale 2017 draw parallels to the threats to society in the early 20th century and recent developments in our own time.

    For the third and last time Van Lieshout will use the interplay of grouped works and individual pieces to transform the inhospitable emptiness outside the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum into a powerful, labyrinthine and highly topical installation. Alongside the new works, familiar pieces from the previous two years can also be found including the ‘Domestikator’, ‘BarRectum’, and the ‘Sanitary Silos’. The ‘Refektorium’ will host a wide-ranging programme of free events which establishes connections to van Lieshout’s art and to other Ruhrtriennale productions.
    The installation and with it the Ruhrtriennale festival centre including the teenager-territory teentalitarism will be opened on 18th August at 4.30 pm in the presence of the artist.

    Concept Atelier van Lieshout

    Main project supporter: innogy Stiftung für Energie und Gesellschaft.

    A production by Ruhrtriennale.
  • 15 Aug. → 27 Oct. '19Shanghai, China

    Dutch theatre for young audiences in Beijing & Hangzhou

    With the support of Dutch Performing Arts, Shanghai-based Art Space for Kids organises a Dutch focus with three youth theatre companies, taking place at various venues in Beijing and Hangzhou, China. Performing are Theatergroep Kwatta, Dadodans and Oorkaan. The Dutch focus rus from August to October 2019.
  • 8 Oct. → 24 Nov. '19Rome, Italy

    Dutch dance and music at Romaeuropa 2019

    As part of a close collaboration with Dutch Performing Arts, Italian arts festival Romaeuropa presents shows by three Netherlands-based artists and companies: choreographer Arno Schuitemaker, youth dance company de Stilte, and music theatre company Oorkaan. The performances take place from 8 October - 24 November 2019 in Rome, Italy.
  • 16 Oct. → 20 Oct. '19Shanghai, China

    Dutch delegation visits ChinaSPAF 2019

    Dutch Performing Arts organises a Dutch focus programme at performing arts fair ChinaSPAF in Shanghai. Joining us are (representatives of) Netherlands-based artists who will pitch their work to an international audience of arts professionals.
  • 23 Oct. → 27 Oct. '19Tampere, Finland

    WOMEX 2019

    Part of a continued collaboration with open source network World Music Forum NL, Dutch Performing Arts will represent Dutch artists and music professionals at WOMEX 2019. This year's edition takes place from 23-27 October 2019 in Tampere, Finland.
  • 31 Oct. → 2 Nov. '19Washington, the United States

    Woest at the Kennedy Center

    Youth theatre company Woest gives five performances of their show 'Balancing Bodies' at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
  • 2 Nov. → 3 Nov. '19Washington, the United States

    BonteHond at the Kennedy Center

    Youth theatre company BonteHond gives four performances of their show 'Get 'M' at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
  • 7 Nov. → 9 Nov. '19's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands

    November Music 2019 visitors' programme

    For the fifth year in a row, Dutch Performing Arts and music festival November Music closely collaborate on an international visitors' programme for music presenters. The visitors' programme takes place from 7-9 November 2019 in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.
  • 9 Nov. → 10 Nov. '19Washington, the United States

    Maas theater en dans at the Kennedy Center

    Youth theatre company Maas theater en dans gives five performances of their show 'EGG-tion HERO' at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
  • 11 Jan. → 12 Jan. '20Washington, the United States

    Oorkaan at the Kennedy Center

    Music theatre company Oorkaan gives five performances of their show 'Glimpse' at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
  • 24 Apr. → 26 Apr. '20Washington, the United States

    De Dansers at the Kennedy Center

    Youth dance company De Dansers gives five performances of their show 'Pokon' at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
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