English Program

Zuiderstrandtheater is very pleased to present you a wide range of performances and events which are suitable for non-Dutch speakers.

It is also possible to order your tickets by telephone via our box office 070 8800333.

Hofesh Shechter
Grande Finale

Choreographer, dancer, musician and composer Hofesh Shechter is one of the most exciting figures in contemporary dance. He creates dance like an urban guerrilla, rugged and unorthodox, dynamic and thrilling, composing his own music to accompany it. Like many other Israeli choreographers, Schechter almost always imparts a political aspect to his work. Grand Finale refers to the end of the world. Theaterkrant gave his Clowns, performed by NDT, five stars: “frighteningly good”.

Dance | Zuiderstrandtheater
Thursday 21 February 8 PM

Nederlandse Bachvereniging
Motets and Passion music

The Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Dutch Bach Association) shows how composers have passed on the torch of inspiration. Around 1670, Heinrich Schütz completed his Johannes-Passion: poignant music for a cappella choirs. Half a century after that, Bach took inspiration from Schütz to write grand motets. Based on these, Mendelssohn wrote an impressive ode to Bach some one hundred years later.

Christoph Prégardien, conductor

Bach, Jesu Mayne Freude - Lobet den Herrn | Mendelssohn, Mayn Gott, warum hast Du mich verlassen - Warum toben die Heiden - Richte mich Gott | Schütz, Johannes-Passion

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Friday 1 March 8.15 PM

Marta Topferova & Milokraj
Tento Svet

Marta Topferova is one of the most outstanding singer-songwriters of her generation. In the past sixteen years, she won an important position in the New York music scene, and has collaborated with the best Latin, jazz and classical musicians, creating a unique mix of styles. Her music and beautiful voice display influences from Czech and Slavic musical traditions, as well as from Latin American folk music.

World Music | Nieuwe Kerk
Saturday 9 March 8.15 PM

Brandenburg Concertos

Inspired by Vivaldi’s music, Bach wrote six brilliant concertos for the Duke of Brandenburg. He used the most diverse combinations of instruments, bringing out the best in each instrumentalist through masterly solos. It is one of his most beautiful works, and listening to all six concertos in one evening is a true experience, especially when performed by the musicians of the top-class ensemble Zefiro.

Alfredo Bernardini, conductor

Bach, The six Brandenburg Concertos

Classical | Zuiderstrandtheater
Thursday 14 March 8 PM

Van Baerle Trio
Figurehead of chamber music

They won an Edison award and, according to the press, play “as uniformly as Siamese triplets.” Pianist Hannes Minnaar, violinist Maria Milstein and cellist Gideon den Herder have played together as the Van Baerle Trio for no less than ten years, serving as a figurehead for our country’s chamber music. They now present a splendid programme with Schubert’s magnificent Second Piano Trio as an impressive climax.

Haydn, Piano Trio no. 42 | MacMillan, Fourteen little Pictures | Schubert, Piano Trio no. 2

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Friday 15 March 8.15 PM


Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler wrote Das Lied after a year (1907) of many hardships. He lost his daughter, was dismissed as a conductor, and received grim news about his weak heart, all of which made him deeply depressed. Das Lied is about life, about loss and hope. The NBE – the Dutch Wind Ensemble – changes not one note of Mahler’s impressive composition, but certainly makes them sound different.

Christianne Stotijn, alto-mezzosoprano | Marcel Reijans, tenor

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Saturday 16 March 8.15 PM

Scapino Ballet Rotterdam & Michiel Borstlap
Pas de Deux

After a successful tour, rave reviews and a nomination for a Zwaan (Swan) award, Pas de Deux is back. In Ed Wubbe’s choreography, Michiel Borstlap’s live piano music is the engine that drives the dance. Two worlds come together in this dance concert, with crystal-clear music that is imposing in its simplicity and harmony. The dance, on the other hand, is expressive and disruptive, resulting in a fascinating performance.

Dance | Zuiderstrandtheater
Sunday 24 March 2.30 PM

Gregory Maqoma/Via Katlehong Dance
Explore Festival Via Kanana

Explore Festival brings ground-breaking theatre from distant lands. The South African Via Katlehong Dance emerged in 1992 in a township near Johannesburg. Dancer and choreographer Gregory Maqoma is one of the most talented artists in South Africa, having danced with Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. The title Kanana, in Sotho, refers to the promised land that failed to keep its promise, which – as Maqoma says – “urges us to seek out the real promise”.

Dance | Zuiderstrandtheater
Wednesday 27 March 8 PM

ISH Dance Collective
Modern Samurai (8+)

‘Modern Samurai’ is an ISH performance full of free running, breakdance and martial arts. Marco Gerris was inspired by the French film Yamakasi of 2001, in which a group of youths escapes from the stifling atmosphere of the slums through urban sports. But they have a second objective: to steal money from the rich in order to pay for the heart operation of a child in their neighbourhood.

Dance | Zuiderstrandtheater
Sunday 31 March 2.30 PM

Fazil Say
Piano maestro

Master pianist Fazil Say has something truly special that distinguishes him from many of his fellow pianists. He takes a very liberal approach to the great works of piano literature; in his recitals, it feels as if he is making up the music on the spot. He is also a gifted composer. “Composing is a form of improvisation”, in his view. And it sounds as free as that, with influences from Turkey, Western classical music and jazz. He is a perfectionist, and will announce his programme at a later date. But one thing is guaranteed: his recitals are always phenomenal.

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Sunday 31 March 3 PM

Quirine Viersen & Thomas Beijer
Alluring duo

She gives herself entirely for the sake of music. With her Italian Guarneri cello, she seeks to penetrate to the core of every piece. Quirine Viersen is in a class of her own, and in pianist Thomas Beijer she has found a kindred spirit. Now, they are joining their strengths for a fantasy-rich dual recital: romantic cello sonatas by Mendelssohn and Strauss, alongside Janácek’s much-adored Pohádka and Escher’s overwhelming Sonata concertante.

Richard Strauss, Cello sonata in F | Escher, Sonata concertante for cello and piano | Janácek, Pohádka (fairy tale) | Mendelssohn, Cello sonata no. 2

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Friday 5 April 8.15 PM

Batsheva Dance Company

Batsheva Dance Company is coming to the Netherlands with their world hit Sadeh21, which was showered with five-star reviews by the international media. The show displays just the kind of dance that choreographer and artistic director Ohad Naharin is so famous for: powerful, raw, explosive, yet also sensitive and intimate at times. Movements seem to bubble up on the spot, but in fact they are extremely precise. Sadeh21 is brilliant abstract dance.

Dance | Zuiderstrandtheater
Friday 5 April 8 PM

Vox Luminis & Café Zimmermann
Bach’s Johannes Passion

The vocal ensemble Vox Luminis and baroque orchestra Cafe Zimmermann are virtually unparalleled in the world of baroque music. The people of The Hague have had the opportunity to cheer these two ensembles individually before; now, the top-level vocalists and musicians are joining forces to perform Bach’s St John Passion. This might just be one of the most spectacular passions of Easter 2019.

Classical | Zuiderstrandtheater
Wednesday 17 April 8 PM

Cape Town Opera Chorus
African Passion

The Cape Town Opera Chorus, proclaimed the best opera choir in the world at the International Opera Awards Gala, is returning to the Netherlands. The eighteen vocalists will be presenting a programme inspired by Easter, African Passion, incorporating – as the title suggests – parts of Bach’s monumental St Matthew Passion.

Classical | Zuiderstrandtheater
Saturday 20 April 8 PM

The National Opera and Ballet of Ukraine
La Bayadère

La Bayadère (The Temple Dancer) is an impressive, exotic and romantic ballet about fate and tragic love. Set in India, it is the story of bayadère Nikiya and the warrior Solor, who have sworn their lives to each other forever. But the High Brahman priest is in love with Nikiya, too. The National Opera and Ballet of Ukraine, hailing from Odessa, is one of the oldest classical opera and ballet houses in Europe. With live orchestra.

Dance | Zuiderstrandtheater
Monday 22 April 2.30 PM

Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company
Mixed programme by Jacopo Godani

For this first performance in the Netherlands by the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, the famous choreographer and artistic director Jacopo Godani has compiled a unique programme of three contrasting parts: Echoes of a Restless Soul, to music by Maurice Ravel, High Breed, to the electronic sounds of 48Nord and Al di Lá, which places Arnold Schönberg’s work in an entirely new context. A top international troupe, only at the Zuiderstrandtheater!

Dance | Zuiderstrandtheater
Thursday 2 May 8 PM

Friday 3 May 8 PM


Liza Ferschtman & Friends
Sublime Quartet

Liza Ferschtman brings three of her Delft Chamber Music friends to the Nieuwe Kerk. She will perform in duet, trio and quartet formation with pianist Jonathan Biss, altoist Marc Desmons and cellist Antoine Lederlin. The flamboyant 2nd Violin Concerto by Bártok, juxtaposed with one of the most beautiful chamber music pieces of the nineteenth century, Brahm’s 2nd Piano Quartet – it’s an exquisite programme.

Liza Ferschtman, violin | Marc Desmons, alto violin | Antoine Lederling, cello | Jonathan Biss, piano

Brahms, Piano Quartet no. 2 | Bach, Fuga (adapted by Mozart) | Bartók, Second Violin Sonata

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Sunday 5 May 3 PM

Nederlands Kamerkoor
Paul van Nevel’s treasure trove

Paul van Nevel is a legendary specialist of old music. With his inseparable cigar, he travels to ancient monasteries in search of hidden musical treasures from the Medieval and Renaissance ages. The Nederlands Kamerkoor (Dutch Chamber Choir) has given him carte blanche to present his discoveries in a full programme. Not just the audience, but the singers themselves won’t find out what pieces he has brought along until the last moment.

Paul van Nevel, conductor

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Friday 17 May 8.15 PM

Nederlandse Bachvereniging
Kaffeehaus Zimmermann

In 1729, Bach was appointed to direct the Collegium Musicum in Leipzig, an ensemble established by Telemann. With this group, Bach held crowded concerts in Zimmerman’s Kaffeehaus every Friday evening. Bach paid homage to his host with the Kaffee-Kantate, or Coffee Cantata, and also presented his violin concertos and pieces by Handel and Telemann at that venue. Of course, the coffee’s on the boil here, too.

Shunske Sato, violin and conductor

Bach, Violin Concerto in A, BWV 1041 - Cantata Amore Traditore, BWV 203 – Cantatea Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Coffee Cantata) - BWV 211 | Handel, Armida Abbandonata, HWV 105 | Telemann, Parts of Nouveaux Quatuors

Classical | Nieuwe Kerk
Sunday 19 May 3 PM

Scapino Ballet Rotterdam & Wëreldbänd
All hands on deck

Two top-class groups bring out the best in each other in a spectacular and amazing combination of dance, humour, slapstick, music and theatre. The five members of the Wëreldbänd are not just musicians to the bone, they are also masterful performers in the style of the Marx Brothers and Mini and Maxi. Together with the dancers of Scapino, they present All hands on deck: come prepared for a turbulent nautical journey!

Dance | Zuiderstrandtheater
Friday 14 June 8 PM

Saturday 15 June 8 PM



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