The year 2019 is the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem. A momentous, dramatic moment in Dutch history. To commemorate this event, Introdans created a programme revolving around the themes of conflict, strength, energy and going to the extreme.
THE BATTLE opens with a ‘battle’ by – the name already speaks volumes – the American choreographer Robert Battle: The Hunt, a dynamic and powerful piece for six men, inspired by the relationship between contemporary sports and the ancient rituals of the gladiators. Introdans also proudly presents the Dutch premiere of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Qutb (Arabic for axis or fulcrum). Mutual dependence, contact improvisation, flow and trance are the physical means through which the three dancers seek to connect with one another. The result is a combination of extreme fragility and intense focus and power. The women of Introdans appear in a new creation by Cayetano Soto, that centres on the question of how a drastic, intense experience (such as living through a war) affects people. THE BATTLE closes with an imposing ‘old master’: Missa Brevis, the magnum opus by one of the grandmasters of American modern dance, José Limón.
Universal themes by contemporary choreographers
Jose Limón Missa Brevis
Robert Battle The Hunt (Dutch premiere)
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui Qutb (Dutch premiere)
Cayetano Soto New creation