SPRING is bringing new and international productions to Utrecht. But we believe that simply presenting shows is not enough. Particularly not in times when it is becoming increasingly difficult for choreographers and theatre makers to create shows, and, even more so, to develop their artistic skills and find a place in the market for themselves. This is why SPRING has found a number of ways to support theatre makers and choreographers, like Jan Martens, Nicole Beutler, Julian Hetzel en Dries Verhoeven, over a longer period of time.
On a European level SPRING is active as a partner and co-producer within a number of networks, which link the festival to organisations in more than ten countries: Festivals in Transition (current project is Urban Heat), Second Cities, [DNA] and Space. With support from the EU’ Cultural Program and the Ammodo Fund SPRING also acts as an international co-producer.
Since 2013 SPRING has (co)produced Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek, Ula Sickle, Ant Hampton & Tim Etchells, Kviss búmm bang, Alma Söderberg & Hendrik Willekens, Dries Verhoeven, Kris Verdonck, Sanja Mitrović, Ligna, Julian Hetzel, Jan Martens, Nicole Beutler, chelfitsch, Tim Etchells and Edit Kaldor.
Another format we use to support artists is the Size Matters programme, a two-year project with which we help young choreographers to create work for the big stage and perform it there. In 2014 SPRING co-produced The Dog Days Are Over by Jan Martens. During SPRING 2015 you could see his solo Ode To The Attempt. His show THE COMMON PEOPLE (NL version) premiered at SPRING 2016 on the big stage at Stadsschouwburg Utrecht.
The second artist SPRING supports via Size Matters is Nicole Beutler. In 2015 SPRING presented 5: ECHO; during the 2016 edition, 6: THE SQUARE premiered, also on the big stage at Stadsschouwburg Utrecht. Size Matters is made possible by the Performing Arts Fund NL’s innovation bonus.
Jan Martens - THE COMMON PEOPLE
In THE COMMON PEOPLE 48 Utrecht residents meet for the first time. This is an intimate person-to-person encounter – in the most literal sense. A social experiment, workshop and performance in one, in which Jan Martens, with film director Lukas Dhont, intertwines choreography, film and stories from everyday life.
Nicole Beutler - 6: THE SQUARE
6: THE SQUARE zooms in on our human need to create order in a constantly changing world. Defining, drawing lines, pigeonholing: the square. What role does this man-made shape perform in our society?
Tim Etchells - Vacuum Days Utrecht
Vacuum Days Utrecht is a poster campaign created by artist, writer and performance maker Tim Etchells (Forced Entertainment) in which he announces a series of entirely imaginary performances and events.
Dries Verhoeven - Guilty Landscapes, episode I
With his video installation Guilty Landscapes Dries Verhoeven is bringing the reality of uncomfortable news images dangerously close. His question: is there a personal connection between the supposed victim and its witness? Can the relationship be turned around?
Edit Kaldor - Web of Trust
Web of Trust is bringing the internet into the theatre and offers you an opportunity to turn your passive discontent into active involvement. The performance will culminate in an action plan that mobilizes everyone.
Toshiki Okada / chelfitsch - Time's Journey Through a Room
Time’s Journey Through a Room uncovers Japanese society: a society that has been torn in many ways since the big earthquake, and the tsunami and nuclear disaster that followed it in 2011. A performance about hope, desperation and giving up hope.
Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek - Schönheitsabend
For Schönheitsabend Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek have drawn inspiration from their illustrious predecessors, those who reinvented dance (and themselves) at the beginning of the 20th century by creating taboo-breaking ballets full of exotic fictions, shifts in the balance of power, sex and reversed male-female roles.
Julian Hetzel - Sculpting Fear
Julian Hetzel is an artist-in-residence at SPRING. His work Sculpting Fear premiered during SPRING 2015. Via SPRING and our international network Global City – Local City Julian has also made/presented work in places like Munich, Riga and Buenos Aires. STILL (The Economy of Waiting), a performative installation at last SPRING 2014, was also at the renowned festival Theaterformen Hannover. Thanks to the Performing Arts Fund NL’s ‘Nieuwe Makers’ subsidy and the Utrecht Municipality’s ‘Culturele Projecten’.