Holland Festival 2018: A Stage for Great Names and New Talent

2018 HOLLAND FESTIVAL LAUNCHES WITH INTERNATIONAL LINE UP INCLUDING  TANZTHEATER WUPPERTAL PINA BAUSCH, STEVE MCQUEEN, KRONOS QUARTET, GISELE VIENNE, GEORGE BENJAMIN, IVO VAN HOVE, ANNA CALVI, MAHLER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, ONG KENG SEN & NATIONAL CHANGGEUK COMPANY OF KOREA

Borders and Boundaries
This year the Holland Festival invites artists crossing boundaries from the literal to the metaphoric, with artists from round the world exploring the tensions on the borders between their countries, to artists exploring the boundaries of civilised behaviour personally and in society. The work extends to question the boundaries between art forms and between artists and audiences:

  • Ong Ken Seng’s and the National Changgeuk Company of Korea’s Trojan Women
  • Gurdjieff Ensemble from Armenia & the Hewar Ensemble from Syria
  • MetropoleOrchestra & Soloists from the Syrian Big Band
  • Caroline Guiela Nguyen’s Saigon
  • Christoph Marthaler’s Tiefer Schweb
  • Gisèle Vienne’s Crowd
  • De Warme Winkel & Nederlands Kamerkoor’s Gesualdo
  • Calixto Bieito’s The String Quartet’s Guide to Sex and Anxiety
  • George Benjamin’s Written on Skin
  • Mohamed El Khatib’s Stadium
  • Ivo van Hove’s Roman Tragedies
  • Steve McQueen’s End Credits

Composer in focus George Benjamin
George Benjamin himself has curated a retrospective of his work, tracking the development of his exploration of the voice and theatricality, leading up to his new opera, Lessons in Love and Violence. The programme includes:

  • George Benjamin conducting his new opera Lessons in Love and Violence  - a coproduction with the Dutch National Opera.
  • George Benjamin conducting Mahler Chamber Orchestra in the semi-staged Written on Skin.
  • George Benjamin improvising a live film score on piano for Fritz Lang’s film Der müde Tod - a rare opportunity to see George composing his own music live.
  • And Benjamin’s work Sometime Voices can be seen and heard at the Holland Festival Proms.

Holland Festival Proms
For the 4th year, the Holland Festival takes the chairs out of the stalls of the world famous Concertgebouw and puts on a programme of 5 concerts in a day, for only 11 euro a ticket.

With world premieres from:

  • Daníel Bjarnason’s We came in peace for all mankind – a piece for 12 grand pianos and 12 horns.
  • Jalasat Rouhiya by the Ensemble Rhoum El Bakkali from Morocco with the Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest and Orchestre Temsamani.
  • s t a r g a z e with guest singers Anna Calvi, Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab) and Soap&Skin, playing David Bowie’s Blackstar, as they did in the BBC Proms.
  • Colin Benders’ Electro Symphonic Orchestra – a  durational music installation for synthesisers.

And more Music & Music Theatre

  • The 71st edition of the Holland Festival opens with the multimedia concert Richters Patterns, music by Marcus Schmickler and paintings by Gerhard Richter, performed by Ensemble Musikfabrik, preceded by Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel by Cappella Amsterdam.
  • Kronos Quartet return with a new programme of masterclasses and concerts, with guests including Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat, American musician and composer Jherek Bischoff, Vietnamese-American musician Vân-Ánh Võ and the Malian Trio Da Kali.
  • Klangforum Wien perform composer George Friedrich Haas’ piece hyena, about a personal battle against alcoholism.   
  • Toshi Reagon's science fiction opera Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower explores the future of borders.

Theatre

  • JR, an epic analysis of American dystopia by the provocative, young Belgian company FC Bergman - at the festival for its first time.
  • Anna Karenina - although with a different text and a different melody, a theatrical radio show by Barbara Bürk and Clemens Sienknecht. 

Dance

  • Neues Stück 1by Dimitris Papaioannou for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, the first new full-length production for the Wuppertal dance ensemble, will kick off the dance programme.
  • Legacy of choreographer Nadia Beugré, a tribute to strong women.
  • Asian and Brazilian martial arts in Kata by Compagnie par Terre and Anne Nguyen.
  • And the Dutch Arno Schuitemaker makes his debut at the Festival with his new piece The Way You Sound Tonight.

Digital Art

  • Trevor Paglen creates multimedia concert with the Kronos Quartetin Sight Machine
  • Two programmes explore the interaction of live games and live music:
    Dear Esther with cinematic music by composer Jessica Curry.
    - The dog opera Oikospiel II: Heat Cantata, developed by the American David Kanaga. 

Free

  • Jem Finer’s cyclical composition Longplayer, a sound installation in the Lloyd Hotel tower.
  • Compagnie par Terre’s Danse des guerriers de la ville, an urban dance circuit in the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam.
  • Stedelijk Museum and the Holland Festival present the American choreographer Ralph Lemon’s Chorus as a pop-up performance.
  • The annually Opera in the park: The Dutch National Opera’s performance of The Tales of Hoffman is being televised on a giant screen in Frankendael park.
  • Lunchtime concertsin the Rijksmuseum’s underpassage by Royal Conservatoire studentsand talks and more in a broad context programme.