• 30 Nov. '17

    Internationalisation opportunities for composers and ensembles

    Earlier this year, Dutch Performing Arts commissioned Nieuw Geneco, the Dutch professional association for composers, to explore the opportunities for Dutch composers and ensembles abroad. Nieuw Geneco subsequently dispatched delegates to the ISCM World Music Days in Vancouver and the Donaueschinger Musiktage in Germany to scout out opportunities for internationalisation and investigate the relevance of these events.
    The ISCM World Music Days were held in Vancouver, Canada from 2 to 8 November 2017. The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) was founded in 1922 in Vienna to promote new music around the world, and is currently undergoing a huge overhaul and rejuvenation. Alison Isadora presented the activities of Nieuw Geneco to the ISCM members. Isadora was joined in Vancouver by Cathy van Eck (composer), Felipe Waller (composer), and Masa Spaan (Wonderfeel Festival, artistic advisor to Nieuw Geneco). They thought the edition in Vancouver was exceptional on many fronts: “To start with there was a highly varied selection of instrumentation. Besides orchestras, large ensembles and quartets, there was an ensemble of Chinese instruments, an improvisation ensemble, and attention for new media,” Isadora reports. “There was also special consideration for gender diversity. This resulted in a large number of female composers (46%!), which was only to the benefit of festival’s quality.”

    Dutch composers were amply represented at the World Music Days 2017 in Vancouver. Whereas normally a single work from each country is played, at this edition no fewer than three works by Dutch composers – Cathy van Eck, Felipe Waller and Luiz Yudo – were chosen for performance by the international jury. Work by the Netherlands-based composer Aurelie Lierman was selected as well, submitted on behalf of Belgium.

    The Young Composer Award (for under 35s) that is connected to the festival is also of interest. The winning composer receives a stipend from ISCM to compose a new work for the following festival. A Call for Work for the ISCM World Music Days 2018 in Beijing was also issued.

    This year the festival co-organised a presenters programme with Canada Council, in order to draw several artistic directors and curators from various international ‘presenting’ presentational institutions to the festival, besides ISCM members. Most were representatives of innovative festivals, including Masa Spaan from the Netherlands-based Wonderfeel Festival.

    “There are certainly opportunities for Nieuw Geneco to work with other ISCM members,” according to Isadora. “We had exploratory discussions with a variety of representatives, most of whom run their own festivals or maintain close contact with a festival in their region. It would be worth inviting them to the Netherlands to become better acquainted and exchange ideas, in the context of the international visitors programme of Dutch Performing Arts, for example.”

    Donaueschinger Musiktage
    Masa Spaan also visited the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2017, an annual four-day festival for new music organised by the German radio station SWR Classic, on behalf of Nieuw Geneco. The festival, which ran from 19 to 22 October, functions as a showcase for new work, usually commissioned by the festival. Since the appointment of Björn Gottstein as director, the festival has gradually adopted a new course. “This year, for example, there was consideration for new concert formats and the more multidisciplinary ways in which a mostly younger generation of composers works for the first time,” Spaan explains. “At the moment there is still little contact with Dutch composers, but with Gottstein’s change of course more possibilities could arise. For example, they grant commissions in consultation with orchestras and ensembles. We are also seeking openings for potential collaborations with the festival, but also with ensembles who have performed there in the past.”
    ISCM2017 Opening Concert: Life Reflected with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. November 2, 2017 at The Centre for the Arts in Vancouver. Presented by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Jan Gates
  • 15 Oct. '18

    2019 Netherlands Fellowship participants

    We’re pleased to announce the four new participants in the Netherlands Fellowship Programme. The programme was developed to support three mid-career performing arts professionals working in the Netherlands and one working in Turkey, Morocco, Russia, or Egypt.
  • 15 Oct. '18

    Open call: Dutch art consultant for Turkish youth play

    Amateur theatre group TED Ankara College Alumni Association Theatre Group is looking for a Dutch art consultant to assist in the production of a youth play based on a Dutch tale.
  • 18 Sep. '18

    Research on musical mobility in the Lowlands

    Dutch Performing Arts and Flanders Arts Institute took the initiative to closely investigate the musical mobility in the Lowlands: What opportunities are there for Belgian artists to perform in the Netherlands and vice versa? And what room or need is there for improvement?
  • 22 Aug. '18

    Call for proposals: Classical:NEXT 2019

    The call for proposals for Classical:NEXT 2019 is now open.
  • 21 Aug. '18

    Recap of inJazz 2018: Lingua Franca Ensemble

    In June this year Dutch Performing Arts commissioned a special Dutch World Stage at networking and showcase festival inJazz, in collaboration with World Music Forum NL. Four Dutch acts presented themselves to an audience of Dutch and international music lovers and presenters. How do they look back on their performance? And what does the future hold for them?
  • 14 Aug. '18

    For residents of Egypt, Morocco, Russia, and Turkey: Apply for ISPA´s Netherlands Fellowship Programme 2019

    Following our earlier call, ISPA offers an additional place in the Netherlands Fellowship Programme, supported by Dutch Performing Arts. The programme provides access to ISPA's extensive international network of arts professionals to mid-career leaders from the performing arts community. This call is open to residents of Egypt, Morocco, Russia, and Turkey.
  • 13 Aug. '18

    Recap of inJazz 2018: Tabanka

    In June this year Dutch Performing Arts commissioned a special Dutch World Stage at networking and showcase festival inJazz, in collaboration with World Music Forum NL. Four Dutch acts presented themselves to an audience of Dutch and international music lovers and presenters. How do they look back on their performance? And what does the future hold for them?
  • 9 Aug. '18

    Call for applications: International exchange hosted by ASSITEJ Germany

    ASSITEJ Germany invites every ASSITEJ centre to nominate one director from their country to take part in Directors in TYA – An International Exchange.
  • 8 Aug. '18

    Thinking about going to PAMS 2018?

    Are you a Netherlands-based maker in field of theatre or dance, or (artistic) director/ representative of a Dutch theatre or dance company, and thinking about going to Performing Arts Market in Seoul (PAMS) 2018? Then you could get a contribution for your visit.
  • 2 Aug. '18

    Recap of inJazz 2018: Shishani & Namibian Tales

    In June this year Dutch Performing Arts commissioned a special Dutch World Stage at networking and showcase festival inJazz, in collaboration with World Music Forum NL. Four Dutch acts presented themselves to an audience of Dutch and international music lovers and presenters. How do they look back on their performance? And what does the future hold for them?
  • 31 Jul. '18

    Open call for poductions: ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering 2019

    ASSITEJ Norway and the Sand festival are on a worldwide search for interesting productions for a young audience. They're hosting next year's ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in Kristiansand, Norway on 2-7 September 2019.
  • 27 Jul. '18

    Invitation to K-PAP 2019

    ASSITEJ invites 15 performing arts professionals (such as artistic directors, presenters and promoters) to K-PAP 2019.
  • 20 Jul. '18

    Summer update Going Dutch: Jazz from the Netherlands

    Dutch Performing Arts commissioned the Jazz Promotion Network (JPN) to coordinate the focus programme Going Dutch in 2017 and 2018 to support Dutch jazz musicians and/or groups to perform and tour in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Check out our overview of upcoming gigs.
  • 13 Jul. '18

    Open calls for international activities in Iran 2018-2019

    The Dramatic Arts Center of Iran (DAC) organises three international theatre festivals in different genres over the period of 2018-2019. Theatre managers and representatives are invited to submit performances.
  • 26 Jun. '18

    Open call K3 residency program

    K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg provides three eight-month residencies to emerging choreographers who have produced some choreographic work of their own.
  • 11 Jun. '18

    For choreographers: Apply now for the Aerowaves Twenty

    Dance network Aerowaves invites talented emerging choreographers based in Europe to apply for the Aerowaves Twenty.
  • 6 Jun. '18

    Dutch artists confirmed for Reeperbahn festival

    The first Dutch artists have been confirmed for the Reeperbahn Festival, Europe’s biggest club festival.
  • 30 May. '18

    Dutch Performing Arts | En France: Upcoming Events

    This coming summer there are several Dutch performances in the context of Dutch Performing Arts | En France.
  • 30 May. '18

    Recap of Classical:NEXT 2018

    De Doelen and Dutch Performing Arts promoted the classical and contemporary music scene at the Dutch Pavilion during Classical:NEXT 2018 from 16 to 20 May at De Doelen in Rotterdam.
  • 30 May. '18

    Update about activities Dutch Performing Arts

    Dutch Performing Arts promotes Dutch music, theatre and dance abroad. These animation and infographics provide an overview of our activities in 2017.
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