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From Sat 03.12.16
  • Robbie Synge

    Based in the Scottish Highlands, young independent choreographer-scientist Robbie Synge creates work that interacts with natural and architectural environments, and with the potential of the human body. His performances reflect his rural home environment and his original study and work in physiology and biological science. His big UK and European breakthrough came after he came second in The Place Prize for Contemporary Dance 2012 with his performance Settlement. In Douglas a lone performer is situated among a number of simple inanimate objects. During the performance, sound and lighting are affected by both performer and object. In this way Synge creates a new world within the theatre, a world in which body, object, light and sound are interconnected. A poetic gem! … Read more

  • Vera Tussing

    In her work Vera Tussing explores our senses, how they function and the way in which they structure our experiences. The physical presence of the audience is a recurring element. In Mazing five dancers alternate social actions with classical choreographic patterns. In this way, Tussing creates a performance that not only stimulates hearing and sight, but also the sense of touch. She wants this performance to arouse community spirit and highlight the power of the tactile - the sense of touch - in the digital age. Vera Tussing graduated from the London Contemporary Dance School. She works as a choreographer and dancer in Belgium and Great Britain. Her work is coproduced by, among others, the Royal Opera House and The Place in London. … Read more

  • Michael Clark Company

    Dancer-choreographer Michael Clark is something of a maverick of British contemporary dance. Since founding his own dance company in 1984, he has toured the world with his provocative, richly visual performances. Clark is convinced that dance can say more than words. In his iconic productions, he combines classic visual imagery with complex, contemporary approaches in an intriguing way. ‘British dance’s true iconoclast’ is famous for his legendary collaborations with artists, fashion designers and music groups, especially those from the camp, punk and rock worlds. Clark has also created works for the Tate Modern Turbine Hall and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Following the success of his animal / vegetable / mineral, during his first visit here in May 2014, he is returning to the Concertgebouw, especially for December Dance, with an ambitious new work.… Read more

  • Lost Dog / Ben Duke

    In Paradise Lost dancer and theatre-maker Ben Duke presents a one-man version of the eponymous epic poem by 17th-century English poet John Milton. The poem describes Lucifer's rebellion against God, his banishment to Hell, his appearance as a snake in Paradise, the temptation of Eve, and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise. After its premiere at the Battersea Arts Centre (London), the performance became a huge hit at the Edinburgh Festival. Paradise Lost is not only a brilliant piece of comic dance theatre, it is also an ode to the clumsy and crushing art of creation. Dancer and theatre-maker Ben Duke studied at the Guildford School of Acting and the London Contemporary Dance School. He subsequently took a degree in English literature at Newcastle University. He and his company Lost Dog work at the interface of text, live music, movement and dance. … Read more

  • Igor & Moreno

    ‘We started with wanting to change the world with a performance. We felt like idiots. Then we danced a lot. We jumped. We called on the folk traditions of Sardinia and the Basque Country. We sang. We jumped some more. We committed. Now we promise to stick together. We promise to persevere. We promise to do our best.’ Idiot-Syncrasy is Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solina’s internationally acclaimed ‘spring’ performance. Since its premiere in 2013 it has been seen almost all over the world. It was nominated for the National Dance Awards 2015 and the Total Theatre Awards 2015 and was selected for Aerowaves twenty15 and the British Council Showcase 2015. The choreographies of these London-based dancers are characterised by their strong desire to use a poetic yet political language. Their aim: to reclaim the role of the theatre as a place of ‘assembly’ whilst also exploring the cathartic effect of live performance.… Read more

  • Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion

    The work of choreographer Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion is situated somewhere between dance, music and performance. It is not only great to watch; it is also thought provoking. Over the past twelve years, these two artists have created a successful series of duets, which mix the formality of classical music with an open and often anarchic approach to performance. The Cow Piece is an unbridled celebration of logic. Two tables serve as a backdrop to twelve plastic cows that dance, sing, talk, think, sleep and die. This performance enchanted and bemused the press and audiences at home and abroad. Body Not Fit For Purpose is Burrows and Fargion’s first overtly political work. Its underlying principle is the impossibility of expressing anything of any real importance through dance. It was commissioned by the Venice Biennale 2014. … Read more

  • Company Wayne McGregor

    Wayne McGregor's award-winning Entity has thrilled audiences at sell-out shows around the world. Performed against a pounding soundscape by composer Jon Hopkins and Joby Talbot, Entity is a staggering blend of bodies, lights, technology and film. Technically astonishing, emotionally uncompromising and hard-hitting, McGregor’s work defies categorisation. Wayne McGregor is one of the most inventive choreographers of his generation. He is mainly known for his groundbreaking cross-connections between dance, film, (live) music, art, technology and science. Typical of his work is the remarkable raw power and emotion of his classically trained, hyperkinetic dancers. Equally remarkable are the exceptional visual and auditory effects in his performances.… Read more

  • Aakash Odedra

    Thanks to his extraordinary versatility and dazzling presence, London-based Aakash Odedra is one of the most promising young dancers on the British dance scene. In Rising renowned choreographers, such as Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, created solos for him. This production was one of the most outstanding dance performances at Cultuurcentrum Brugge, during the 2013-2014 season. With his Indian roots, Odedra is a key figure of the effervescent Indian dance scene. His choreographies range from large-scale classical evenings, to contemporary dance, to opera. Echoes is a dynamic dance performance about our relationship with our ancestors. Kathak icon Aditi Mangaldas – renowned for her groundbreaking innovations - created the choreography. In I Imagine – a collaboration with spoken-word performer Sabrina Mahfouz - Odedra combines choreography with a humorous story about travel and migration. … Read more

  • Scottish Dance Theatre & Damien Jalet

    In an impressive set designed by visual artist Jim Hodges and to dark, haunting music by Winter Family, YAMA explores mythological tales about mountains. Drawing his inspiration from pagan and animistic rituals in the mountains of Tohoku, Japan, Belgian Damien Jalet created the hypnotic choreography. Jalet has previously collaborated with Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (with whom he won the Laurence Olivier Award in 2011 for Babel) and Marina Abramovic (a Bolero-interpretation for the Ballet of the Paris Opera). Scottish Dance Theatre are Scotland's best-known contemporary dance company. Under the artistic direction of Fleur Darkin, they constantly produce daring creations and regularly commission works from internationally renowned choreographers, such as Jo Strømgren, Anton Lachky and Victor Quijada. Thanks to a dedicated team of outstanding dancers, this repeatedly results in bold, powerful productions. … Read more

  • Hofesh Shechter

    In 2009 choreographer and composer Hofesh Shechter stunned the Bruges audience with his diptych Uprising and In your rooms. Especially for December Dance, he now returns with his latest trilogy, barbarians. It opens with the barbarians in love, which immediately, elegantly and intimately reveals Schechter’s typical choreographic style. Trembling with emotion, six white-clad dancers move to the tones of an eclectic baroque score. In what follows, Shechter demonstrates yet again his dancers’ versatility and individual talents: a joyous explosion of trance-like dubstep grooves in tHE bAD, and a poignant duet in Two completely different angles of the same fucking thing. Shechter worked in Tel Aviv with the Batsheva Dance Company and then moved to London. In next to no time he became the audience favourite of British dance stages.… Read more

  • Akram Khan Company

    In 2011, as curator of its 5th edition, Akram Khan opened December Dance with a Concertgebouw coproduction: DESH. 'Magical, masterly, stunning, impressive, fascinating...’ DESH was showered with superlatives and won international awards. Akram Khan and Sue Buckmaster have meanwhile created a wonderful adaptation for families and children: Chotto Desh, or ‘the little homeland’. In a magical mix of dance, word and visuals, Chotto Desh tells the compelling tale of the dreams of a child growing up in England, within a family with Bangladeshi roots. But what if he had really listened to his father? The visual design is by Chinese designer Tim Yip, who won the Oscar for Best Art Direction for his work on the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Jocelyn Pook, composer of, among other things, the soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, arranged the music. Chotto Desh is a fine tribute to the human imagination.… Read more

  • Akram Khan Company

    In 2011, as curator of its 5th edition, Akram Khan opened December Dance with a Concertgebouw coproduction: DESH. 'Magical, masterly, stunning, impressive, fascinating...’ DESH was showered with superlatives and won international awards. Akram Khan and Sue Buckmaster have meanwhile created a wonderful adaptation for families and children: Chotto Desh, or ‘the little homeland’. In a magical mix of dance, word and visuals, Chotto Desh tells the compelling tale of the dreams of a child growing up in England, within a family with Bangladeshi roots. But what if he had really listened to his father? The visual design is by Chinese designer Tim Yip, who won the Oscar for Best Art Direction for his work on the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Jocelyn Pook, composer of, among other things, the soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, arranged the music. Chotto Desh is a fine tribute to the human imagination.… Read more

  • Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto

    Of all the ballet composers, the Russian Tchaikovsky is probably the most successful. His Swan Lake suite appeals to everyone’s imagination and must surely be the most famous works in classical ballet history. Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto is also part of the standard repertoire. As good a concert pianist as he was a composer, Rachmaninov actually wrote each of his five piano concertos for himself. His third was intended purely as a bravura piece for a US concert tour, but it survived the tour with ease and grew to become one of the most popular piano concertos. Russian conductor Mikhail Pletnev and his Russian National Orchestra are the ideal interpreters for these great Russian classics. In this concert, pianist Cho Seong-Jin - a winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition - proves that he is equally at home in the Russian repertoire.… Read more

  • Aladdin en De Wolf

    A programme like a bedtime story ... With Nielsen’s 'Aladdin Suite' we make a magic carpet ride to the universe of ‘A Thousand and One Nights’. Tan Dun’s double bass concerto 'The Wolf' is a fable depicting the dying culture of the Mongols. Tchaikovsky’s warm Christmas tale 'The Nutcracker' sprinkles magical sand onto our eyes. Sweet dreams!… Read more

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