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There’s something of a paradox in New Stories as a theme for a dance festival. Say stories and you think of something conveyed in words. Stories help us to understand our lives and the world around us, precisely because they give us the words to speak of our lives. Dance, on the other hand, is an art form without words. Dance stories don’t explain, order or interpret the world. And yet dance stories help us to understand our lives and the world around us, precisely because they manage to express that which cannot be captured in words.

The key to this other way of understanding is in our bodies. There lies a treasure trove of knowledge that we draw upon, time and again, intuitively or otherwise, with non-verbal communication as an obvious example. Dance, being the art form of the body, uses this source of knowledge as no other, and at the same time refreshes it with new input. The stories told through dance are like the antennae of an insect: they probe the world around us and translate what they find through the body. Dance sensibilizes: for the sensual, the irrational, and the imagination; for emotions, contradictions, silence, dreams, desires, transience. It sensitizes us to the unlimited number of grey tints that make all boundaries porous. Dance stories are a mirror of the complexity and fluidity in our lives – and prepare us to be able to deal with them. This last aspect is important to remember. In a time when the susceptibility to populist simplifications is on the rise, the new stories that the artists of CaDance add to the public debate have an enhanced political significance, precisely because of its appeal to empathy and openness for that which is not simple and unambiguous.


They/Them - Christiaan De Donder & Sedrig Verwoert - 8 & 9 February | @ Casper Kofi

For the artists, the lack of words opens up possibilities to broach subjects that we in the Netherlands certainly feel inhibited talking about. The choreographers in the CaDance festival feel an urgency to speak in their performances of the soul; the experience of time; the liberation from all dogma; the relationship between mother and child; archetypes and thinking in labels; murder as part of our humanity; self-presentation and loss of identity; acceptance of death and continual transformation; willpower and courage; feminine anger and sensuality; the need for safety and danger; co-existence within circles of power; loneliness; depression; racism; machismo and homophobia; and the irresistible attraction of ecstasy.

A focus in the festival program is what I would call the urban momentum: after a development period of 40 years, urban dance, which has branched out into an enormous diversity of styles, has grown into an established genre in the performing arts. It also entails an accentuation of artistic ambitions that urban dance as well as the theatre landscape in general benefits from, especially because with each new urban style, a new body language emerges with which young artists can tell their new stories.


Hope & Heavy Metal - Sigrid Stigsdatter Mathiassen - 5 & 6 February | @ Thomas Lenden 

And as always with art, these are stories that are only partially made by the artists, and then completed by the audience. Ultimately, the public decides what a story means to them. You could compare the impact of dance stories to a massage. A skilled person works wordlessly during one hour on your body. Sometimes it’s pleasant, sometimes not at all. But something happens to you and at the end of that hour you feel better, stronger, and healthier, with renewed energy to deal with life’s challenges. What you do with this better, stronger, and healthier body is not for the masseuse to tell. That’s up to you – as your freedom and as your responsibility.

Stacz Wilhelm
Artistic leader Korzo productions & CaDance

07 Jan 2019


Today the ticket sales of CaDance start with a festive ticket promotion!  The premiere festival for contemporary dance in the Netherlands will take place from January 25 thru February 9 2019 in Korzo and HNT Theater aan het Spui. This edition of the multi-facetted festival reflects the almost boundless diversity and freedom with which artists currently cross styles, disciplines, and perspectives. Many dance styles are represented in performances by young makers as well as leading choreographers. With the festival theme New Stories, CaDance highlights new stories told in the language of the body: by today’s artists for today’s public about the world we live in today. Enjoy all the wonders that dance has to offer during CaDance and let yourself be surprised, enchanted, and inspired to making New Stories!

Rockin’ around the christmas tree?
Give CaDance as a gift!

As a special offer for the Holiday Season, you can order tickets online with a festive discount.This promotion is valid until 31 December 2018. The €2,- online discount will be doubled temporarily to €4,- on the performances and package deals.* All tickets will be festively wrapped and delivered to your home. All you have to do is place them under the Christmas tree.

View the entire program on cadance.nl and order tickets with the special holiday discount now.

* When ordering tickets, choose the price marked as 'Feestdagenactie'. The discount only applies to the regular price and cannot be combined with other discounts. Not valid for the workshops and performance installation Seconds by OFFProjects. The last shipping-date before Christmas will be on 20 December 2018.

28 Nov 2018


25 January - 9 February 2019 in The Hague

The 19th edition of the CaDance festival shows the current developments in the rich Dutch dance scene with a program that includes no less than 11 world premieres and 2 Dutch premieres. From 25 January thru 9 February, leading and up-and-coming dance makers share their perspective on the world with a wide-ranging audience. The festival opens with two world premieres by prominent Dutch choreographers: Samir Calixto and Ryan Djojokarso. With the festival theme New Stories, CaDance highlights new stories told in the language of the body: by today’s artists for today’s public about the world we live in today. The festival theme is also completely interwoven into the popular 4x4 that takes the public on a dance route through The Hague.

This edition of the multi-facetted CaDance festival reflects the almost boundless diversity and freedom with which artists currently cross styles, disciplines, and perspectives. Many dance styles are represented in performances by young makers as well as leading choreographers. The 4x4 program harbours exclusively young choreographic talent that was invited to share their personal New Stories. The stately 19th century Archipelbuurt in The Hague forms a stark contrast with the four makers who have their roots in a diversity of dance styles: vogueing/waacking (Junadry Leocaria), contemporary dance (Zahira Suliman), breakdance (Simon Bus), and Indian dance (Poernima Gobardhan).

Opening with world premieres by Ryan Djojokarso and Samir Calixto
CaDance opens 25 January with two world premiere by Samir Calixto and Ryan Djojokarso. In his work, Djojokarso proceeds from a fascination for human relationships and social behaviour. In Mom:Me, he explores the fragility of the bond between mother and child. Calixto completes his diptych based on the ever-topical philosophy of Nietzsche that transcends fundamental oppositions such as good and evil and man and woman, in order to put human potential in a broader perspective. After the lyrical M for five men from 2017, follows W for five female dancers.

Other premieres
Also premiering in the festival are new productions by: Stephen Shropshire (Cantata), Dunja Jocic (The Protagonist), Astrid Boons (Fields), Sarada Sarita (Q4) and the installation Seconds by Amos Ben-Tal/OFFprojects. International performances that premiere in The Netherlands are: Mind Ur Step by Roots & Routes (in co production with MAAS td (NL), KVS (BE), R&R Cologne (DU) en CIE Racines Carrées (FR), and Liederduett, by Compagnia Zappalà Danza (IT). The latter company is part of the European Danse Qui Danse Network, which Korzo initiated together with several partners in 2017.

Urban Stories
One of the important developments shown by CaDance 2019 is the breakthrough of the second generation of urban dance makers, impatient to storm the theatres with their new stories. With its multiplicity of new styles, urban dance is a catalyst of innovation in contemporary dance. Urban choreographers making their debut in the festival are: Sarada Sarita, Simon Bus, Junadry Leocaria and Xclusiv Artistry. Roots & Routes present the Dutch premiere of the European urban project Mind Ur Step with 11 dancers from France, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands that made a performance with ground-breaking choreographers Kader Attou (FR), Nabil Ouelhadj (FR) and Lloyd Marengo (NL).

Tickets sales for the CaDance Festival start end of November. At that time the complete program will also be announced. 

22 Nov 2018
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