Introdans | Arnhem

Introdans | Arnhem


In the 2016/17 season Introdans will have been around for 45 years. So the company is celebrating this in grand style with “TUTTI”, a programme in which both Introdans ensembles dance no less than three premieres by internationally celebrated choreographers. Flemish-Moroccan Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Italian Mauro Bigonzetti and Greek Dimitris Papaioannou each give their own, highly individual twist to contemporary dance art. In this program, they present serene beauty alongside passionate, earthy dance

artistic direktor: Roel Voorintholt
general director and co-founder: Ton Wiggers

In Memoriam

choreography: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
music: Corsican polyphonic ensamble A Filetta, headed by Jean-Claude Aquaviva
sets, light design: Dominique Drillot
costume design: Hedi Slimane
assistant to choreographer: Gioia Masala
ballet master: Iris Reyes

premiere: 2004, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo / 2016, Introdans
duration: 35’


In this meditative work, which is a homage to his ancestors, Cherkaoui examines the connection between reality and memory. In an imaginary underworld the dancers explore magnetic and polarising forces such as gentleness and aggression, attraction and repulsion, all to mesmerising effect.

As a child, the Flemish-Moroccan Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Antwerp, 1976) wanted to draw the real world. But when the two dimensions of pen and paper no longer sufficed he began – inspired by Michael Jackson – to dance. For a short while he appeared as a dancer in variety shows and television programmes. After this he chose to study at P.A.R.T.S, the dance education school of the famous Flemish choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in Brussels. There he came in contact both with the work of grand masters such as William Forsythe, Pina Bausch and Trisha Brown and with urban dance styles. In 1995 he won the Prize for the best dance solo in Ghent, created on the initiative of the choreographer Alain Platel. In 1999 Cherkaoui made his first choreography “Anonymous Society”, and immediately won various international awards. In 2000, he received Special Prize at the BITEF Festival in Belgrade for “Rien de Rien”, his first creation for Les Ballets C de la B. He has won numerous important international dance awards, including the Prix Nijinsky, German Kairos Prize, Sir Laurence Olivier Award (together with his colleague Damien Jalet) and the Benois de la Danse award (the ‘Dance Oscar’). In 2011, UNESCO honoured him as a Young Artist for Intercultural Dialogue between Arab and Western Worlds. Cherkaoui has worked for many renowned dance companies and theatres, including Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Swedish Cullberg Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, De Munt in Brussels, Sadler’s Wells in London. Currently he makes most of his productions for his own company Eastman, with which he is achieving worldwide success. Moreover he recently provided the choreography for “Anna Karenina”, film directed by Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, and co-created “Bolero” with Damien Jalet and Marina Abramović, for the Ballet of the Paris Opera. In 2015, Cherkaoui assumed the role of artistic director at the Royal Ballet of Flanders.


choreography, costume, set design: Dimitris Papaioannou
music, sound design: Coti K.
costume styling: Sandra Booltink
lighting design: Hans Giesberts, Dimitris Papaioannou
ballet master: Diane Matla

premiere: 2009, Edafos Dance Theater, Athens /2016, Introdans
duration: 10’


Although the Greek director, choreographer and visual artist Dimitris Papaioannou has built a huge international reputation, none of his works have been presented in Dutch theatres until now. And, what makes his work so special, is his ability to create pure magic with minimum means. A short but impressive scene in this production illustrates this perfectly: a long line of dancers enclose and undress a pair, as the arms of the ensemble form an enchanting, constantly undulating sea.

Rooted firmly in the fine arts, Dimitris Papaioannou gained early recognition as a comics artist and painter, before turning his attention to the performing arts as a director, choreographer, performer, and designer of sets, costumes and lighting. The first vehicle for his stage work was Edafos Dance Theatre, a group that spanned 17 years until 2002 and left an indelible mark on the Greek arts scene. He became more widely known as the creator of the Athens 2004 Olympic Ceremonies. Since 1986, he has dedicated himself to creating intensely visual original works – a hybrid of experimental dance, physical theatre and performance art.


choreography: Mauro Bigonzetti
music: original and traditional music from southern Italy, arranged by Gruppo Musicale Assurd, “Serenata” by Amerigo Ciervo, authorized by Amerigo & Marcello - Ciervo (I Musicalia)
costume design: Helena de Medeiros
lighting design: Carlo Cerri
ballet master: Marlena Wolfe

premiere: 2001, Ballet Gulbenkian / 2016, Introdans
duration: 38’


A raw, passionate ‘power piece’ in which choreographer brings to life various characters in an Italian village. Maybe it’s during the closing hours of a wedding party: there’s affection and love in the air, but sometimes standpoints clash both verbally and physically. In this work– which can count on standing ovations – Bigonzetti shows his special talent for large ensembles of dancers and mixes traditional and contemporary styles in a totally natural manner.

Born in Rome, Mauro Bigonzetti has received his dance training at the Ballet School of Opera in Rome, and latter entered the Ballet Company of Opera in Rome (1979). In 1983, he joined Aterballetto, a contemporary dance company based in Reggio Emilia, where he had a chance to collaborate with Alvin Ailey, Glen Tetley, William Forsythe and Jennifer Muller. His repertoire also included works by Balanchine and Massine. Bigonzetti's first piece “Sei in movimento” set on music by J. S. Bach, was created for Alterballetto in 1990. In 1993, he left the company to start his career as a freelance choreographer. His most important relationship during the following years was with Balletto di Toscana where he served as Resident Choreographer. In 1997, he returned to Alteballetto as Artistic Director, a position he held until 2008. Beside creating for Aterballetto, Bigonzetti has worked for many renowned dance companies and theatres, including English National Ballet, National Ballet Marseille, Stuttgart Ballet, Berlin State Ballet, Dresden State Ballet, Balè da Cidade in Sao Paulo, New York City Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballet of Opera in Rome, Alvin Ailey Dance Company... In 2016, he was director of the Ballet Company at La Scala Theater in Milan.

Since 1971 Introdans has been dazzling audiences with dance. There is no other company in the world with such a varied and rich dance offering as Introdans. Ever since Introdans was founded its mission has remained unchanged: to get a wide public enthusiastic about dance art. They do this by presenting attractive productions for young and old, performed by world-class dancers. Introdans brings audiences the best, most attractive and most moving works from half a century of dance. Their concept is simple: to showcase pieces by world-famous choreographers as well as creations by up-and-coming choreographic talent. These names include Robert Battle, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Lucinda Childs, Nils Christe, Nacho Duato, Jirí Kylián, José Limón, Hans van Manen, Alwin Nikolais, Cayetono Soto and many more. The energy of performances has met with praise and recognition in the Netherlands, and all over the world. In fact, Introdans is one of the Netherlands’ most important exports in the cultural sector. The company travels the world: from America to Asia and from Sweden to South Africa. In ten years Introdans has visited over thirty countries, regularly performing in Indonesia, China, South Africa, Switzerland and United Kingdom. The most prestigious appearances – besides performances during royal state visits – were the performances at the Bolshoi New Stage Theatre in Moscow, the New Victory Theater on Broadway and the Fall for Dance Festival in New York. In less than four years Introdans also supplied the ‘reciprocalcultural performance’ three times during state visits by former Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

dancers: Ruben Ameling, Aymeric Aude, Marc Beaugendre, Vérine Bouwman, Giuseppe Calabrese, Salvatore Castelli, Fabio Falsetti, Alexis Geddes, Yulanne de Groot, Hayden Idrus, Merel Janssen, Brooke Newman, Elena Pampoulova, Kim van der Put Elisa Rudolf, Vivian Sauerbreij, Mathieu Di Scala, Jamy Schinkelshoek, Jurriën Schobben, Pascal Schut, Vincenzo Turiano, Demi Verheezen, Angelica Villalon, Alberto Villanueva Rodríguez, Jazmon Voss, Nienke Wind

These dancers are handsome movers!
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Introdans was impressive in their technique, as in their enthusiasm.
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