English Program

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

In this overview below you will find a selection of highlights of this and the next season. It is also possible to order your tickets by telephone via our box office 070 8800333.


Highlights in Zuiderstrandtheater and Nieuwe Kerk

Bach and Italy
Concerto Köln

Bach was a great fan of Vivaldi and his Italian contemporaries. The rhythmic drive, the exciting contrasts and expressive melodies of their music – Bach loved it, and it strongly influenced his own work. In the Brandenburg Concertos he tried out all kinds of combinations of instruments, inspired by Vivaldi who had also composed solo concerts for highly diverse instrumental arrangements. Still, Bach’s signature is unmistakeable in these Southern tones. Hear it all in this splendid programme by Concerto Köln, a baroque orchestra of international stature.

Sunday February 25
2.15 pm

Kalakuta Republik
Faso Danse Théâtre / Serge Aimé Coulibaly

Faso Danse Théâtre presents a dance performance inspired by the life of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, inventor of the afrobeat and figurehead of West African resistance. In 1974 he built a fence around his home and proclaimed the Kalakuta Republic. From within this “independent republic”, he fought for justice, with music as his main weapon.

Wednesday February 28
8.00 pm

Inside Out
Conny Janssen Danst

Remake successful Conny Janssen performance INSIDE OUT

After the successful 2015 tour, performing at packed venues, receiving raving press reviews, exuberant audience responses, and a Swan nomination – the most prestigious dance award in the Netherlands – the Rotterdam-based dance company Conny Janssen Danst has returned to the stage with INSIDE OUT. It includes live music by a four-person band directed by singer-songwriter iET.

For INSIDE OUT, choreographer Conny Janssen draw inspiration from the term Exploded Drawings, three-dimensional construction drawings, and the notion that in order to be able to find out what is hidden behind the facade, you have to crack open something. These are metaphors for systems, but at the same time for the sometimes compelling group dynamics. In INSIDE OUT, she embarks on a quest for live smouldering under the surface, for the individual’s role amidst the complexity of the masses; for a small detail in the larger pattern. Only after the rock-hard armour has ripped open, the self can reveal itself.

Wednesday March 14
8.00 pm

One day Chinese Dance Festival
Groundbreakers and Wuxi Performing Arts Group

The program is an initiative of the Dutch dance company Groundbreakers. Wuxi Performing Arts Group (formerly "Jiangsu Folk Dance Theatre") was founded in 1958 and is a large, reputable and well known company for its high quality dance technique throughout China. Classical- and Chinese ballet (Gudian Wu), known from the Chinese opera, are the dance language used on stage. Wuxi Performing Arts Group have won many awards and prizes with their shows and travelled over twenty countries around the world. The One day Chinese Dance Festival consists of two Chinese stories. Crowman and The Emboidery Girl.

Lulu Wang will talk about the classical supernatural horror stories of the 18th century Chinese poet Pu Songling. The theme of the festival is the connection between the classical and contemporary cultures in China.
The Lecture is in Dutch and starts at 7.00 PM.

Saturday March 24
8.00 pm

Tap Factory
Urban percussion and acrobatic tap dance

Tap dance, percussion, acrobatics and hip hop: the theatre hit Tap Factory has it all. This lauded international production is best described as a mix of Stomp, the Blue Man Group and Tap Dog, with the main ingredients being unprecedented rhythms, steamy percussion and dizzying footwork. The final result is a world-class dance spectacle with dance battles and impressive acrobatic feats.

Wednesday April 11
8.00 pm

The Naghash Ensemble
Songs of Exile


East and West are coming together in this innovative musical performance from Armenian-American composer John Hodian. Because of the combination of Armenian folk, classical music, rock and jazz the medieval lyrics from the mystic M’krtich Naghash are brought back to life again. The unique Armenian instruments and special vocals will bring a spiritual and intense musical experience.

Saturday April 24
8.15 pm
Nieuwe Kerk

Strut & Fret

Welcome to an exotic illogical world, where peculiar characters wait on the edge of false awakening. A with the whisper of spirits and domination, illusion, suspension; LIMBO is boundless.

An intoxicating mix of cabaret, circus and acrobatics, LIMBO continues to seduce audiences worldwide with a celebration of otherworldly proportions.

Directed by Scott Maidment, and presented in the magnificent 1920s inspired Spiegeltent, LIMBO whisks audiences into a sinister netherworld of gut-churning contortion, breath-taking acrobatics and jaw-dropping stunts. Music is a dominating force of the production, with New York’s Sxip Shirey composing exclusive music for the show with his ecstatic melodies, irreverent electric-acoustic noise and playful, sexy beats. Sxip is accompanied by exceptional musicians Mick Stuart and Eamon McNelis.

LIMBO’s stunning international cast also features: Coney Island’s sword swallower and vintage beauty, Heather Holliday; French gravity-defying Chinese pole master, beatboxer and clown, Mikael Bres; Australia’s acrobatic dancing sensation Hilton Denis; the exquisite French-Canadian aerialist, Evelyne Allard; the unstoppable hand balancer Danik Abishev; and introducing French mind-bending contortionist and acrobat, Aurelien Oudot.

Don’t miss your chance to see the show so hot, Madonna came twice.

Thursday May 10
8.00 pm

Groupe Acrobatique De Tanger

Astonishing and exhilarating acrobatics
Tangier’s beach is where acrobats come to train: it is a unique tradition in Morocco. There are many ‘troupes’ and families that perform acrobatics at the very highest level. Sanae El Kamouni brought these acrobats into contact with European theatre makers, and consequently established the Groupe acrobatique de Tanger. Their first show, ‘Taoub’, was a resounding success. Since then, the company has been touring internationally, performing at sold-out venues for very enthusiastic audiences.

For their fourth and brand-new show called ‘Halka’, the company returns to the beach, as a place where bodies are concealed or proudly displayed. Where people come to play, to flirt and to relax. The beach, as an eternally empty page where all footsteps are continually wiped out by the wind. And what better place to perform this show, than on the beach at Scheveningen?

For this show, the Groupe acrobatique de Tanger joined forces with Abdeliazide Senhadji, the ‘godfather’ of acrobatics in Morocco and the inspirational force behind the famous circus collective Compagnie XY, which treated a sold-out Zuiderstrandtheater to a rousing show last year. This show again promises to be an exceptional experience created by twelve acrobats, singers and musicians. Together they are determined to defy the laws of gravity.

This show will take place in The Hague Beach Stadium.

Saturday June 2
8.00 pm
The Hague Beach Stadium

Sunday June 3
2.30 pm
The Hague Beach Stadium

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