First names SPRING 2017

From an amazing art extravaganza to a unique interpretation of a Greek tragedy and from washing your hands of all guilt to an all-out theatre binge!

From Thursday 18 – Saturday 27 May 2017 the fifth edition of SPRING will take place inside Utrecht’s various theatre venues and in unexpected places across the city. In early April we will announce the complete festival program and tickets will go on sale.

Opening and Closing Night
SPRING will open on Thursday 18 May 2017 with the latest work by one of the rising stars of the international dance world: Marlene Monteiro Freitas. Responsible for the biggest hit of SPRING 2015, this remarkable Cape Verdean choreographer is returning to Utrecht with her own, unique version of Euripides’ tragedy Bachantes. Be prepared to witness an intense and stunning piece of dance and music theatre.
During the second festival weekend SPRING is going all-out, presenting an unprecedented, world-class art extravaganza. Sacrifice is a four-part special, a ‘mini-festival’ featuring visual art, pop music, theatre and dance as the basic principles for a new religion in times of secularisation: art. For the four parts that make up Sacrifice, the Icelandic choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir is collaborating with her partner Valdimar Johannsson, The Icelandic Dance Company and a number of striking visual artists, including Ragnar Kjartansson, Gabríela Friðriksdóttir and the renowned Matthew Barney. Composer/musician Bryce Dessner (The National) will be supplying the soundtrack. Sacrifice is a full-length experience where seeing is believing.

Non-European Programme
The Indonesian-born choreographer Eko Supriyanto, who danced with Madonna and was part of several other major international productions, mixes the rich world of traditional culture with contemporary dance. In Balabala, five young female dancers from a small community in East-Indonesia, who have no background in dance, are set to move their audience to tears in this serene yet very powerful choreography that sees Supriyanto fearlessly taking on big themes such as gender roles and colonialism.
Corbeaux by the Moroccan Bouchra Ouizguen will be descending on the streets and squares of Utrecht like a murder of crows. Out of nowhere, a group of women forms a sculpture of sound and performs a choreography of sighs. Placing Utrecht-born women alongside Moroccon women, young alongside old, women with an immigrant background alongside women without one, Corbeaux is a pure burst of energy that will disappear as swiftly as it appears.

Young (Dutch) Makers
SPRING supports a wide selection of promising young artists, some of them Dutch, others from different backgrounds but working in the Netherlands. Choreographer Katja Heitmann (winner of the 2016 Prize of the Dutch Dance Festival) presents her show Pandora’s DropBox, a search for the limits of human control: can a human being become a top-performing machine?
Julian Hetzel’s Schuldfabrik is an artistic statement about the conflicting meanings of the German word ‘Schuld,’ which can mean both debt and guilt. His performance-installation takes visitors on a route along several spaces: a concept store, a soap factory, a beauty clinic and a confessional.
Theater Utrecht invites its audience to (literally) join The Family for dinner. Talented young director Casper Vandeputte has made an adaptation of Lodewijk de Boer’s modern theatre classic and is performing it with a big Dutch cast. During SPRING you can binge-watch all four episodes of the series.