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During the 2019 Dutch Dance Festival, the city of Maastricht will be all about dance for six whole days. You can be surprised by every possible genre and form all over the city. There will also be free admission to various activities. Welcome, have a look, take part!

DanceAble Open Studio

Holland Dance Festival / SALLY Dansgezelschap Maastricht

DanceAble is an initiative of the Holland Dance Festival that aims to increase dance opportunities for people with a disability and to encourage talent development. The Dutch Dance Festival has embraced this initiative and will be providing space for an Artistic Lab where research can take place for the Mixed Doubles project, where choreographers will create a duet for dancer with, and a dancer without, a disability.

Breakfast with Arno Schuitemaker

Guy Cools in conversation with Arno Schuitemaker

Dramaturg Guy Cools talks to Arno Schuitemaker about his work. Arno and Guy met in Vienna in 2008. They have been working together since 2013, always in dialogue about sources of inspiration, artistic translations and creative work processes.

Open Studio


Uri Ivgi from Israel and Johan Greben from the Netherlands began their individual dance careers at the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and the Dutch National Ballet. The dance artists have now been working successfully together as choreographers for 17 years and their work is performed by leading companies all over the world.

Klein beetje Controle / virtual residency

155 / eenvijfvijf

'Research is what I'm doing, when I don't know what I'm doing' 
- Werner von Braun

155 (eenvijfvijf) won the Dutch Dance Festival Young Audiences Prize in 2018. The breakdance collective will be using the prize money to conduct research that can be followed 24/7 during the festival via a livestream.

Warming Up

NDD / CIOS Sittard

For six whole days during the Dutch Dance Festival, the city of Maastricht is all about dance. All over the city, in traditional venues but also in unexpected locations, you can be surprised by every possible genre and manifestation. But you can also take part. From Friday morning we will be waking our bodies up with a warm-up at the Vrijthof to start the work or festival day full of energy. There will be a different, talented choreographer from CIOS Dans every morning to lead this physical wake-up. Your morning can’t go wrong.


Conny Janssen Danst

The Dutch Dance Festival brings the rich cultural heritage of Dutch dance to the fore with
the dansMuseum as a source of inspiration and innovation. At this year’s festival, the dansMuseum is a conceptual interpretation of a traditional museum exhibition.Extinctus/Extantem is an exhibition in the form of a publication; a port- able archive of articles, essays and interviews all about forgotten and lost movements in Dutch dance. In addition, the dansMuseum presents three special guest exhibitions that reflect the theme of the publication in three different ways.

Beat the Dutch / NTR

Podium Dans

In Podium Dans, the weekly dance programme on the NPO 2 extra television channel, choreographers and artistic directors are interviewed from the most prominent dance companies in the Netherlands and Belgium and beyond. Their most recent production is the starting point for delving into a subject and reflection on dance in all its manifestations. The interview is alternated with fragments from previous productions, documentaries and dance films related to the guest in question. The series now consists of 36 editions (of 30 minutes) and another ten will be added this autumn.

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