Explore Festival, internationally-acclaimed performances
Touring 7 big cities in the Netherlands, March 2019
Explore Festival, a series of internationally-acclaimed dance and theatre performances from faraway regions overseas was held in March 2019. The stages of no less than 10 different theatres in 7 big Dutch cities were playing host to Explore Festival as it presents a snapshot of leading-edge world theatre, full of surprising perspectives, challenging opinions and crystal-clear vistas, and accompanied by an extensive fringe programme.
Aftermovie by Rob van Pelt
Explore Festival offered a window on the world, with a daring series of dance, theatre and performance and sends a fresh breeze through Dutch theatre, casting a surprising new light on our thoughts, codes and aesthetics.
The makers who have been invited are distinguished by their unique language, where true stories, political or personal motives provide the basis for theatre with an urgency which penetrates into the very fibre of one’s being. Explore Festival presented a choice of four performances which do not merely provided an unexpected perspective on current issues, but showcased new styles and forms.
Explore Festival is a follow-up to ‘Get Lost’/‘Ervaar Daar Hier’ which toured theatres with a selection of performances between 2012 and 2016. The programme of this new festival comes out of the suitcases of the participating theatres’ programmers who are convinced of the importance and necessity of keeping in touch with international developments and decided to join forces. Explore Festival is the result of a unique collaboration, never seen before, between 10 distinguished Dutch theatres.
Stadsschouwburg Groningen, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Frascati (Amsterdam), Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Het Nationale Theater (Den Haag), Zuiderstrandtheater (Den Haag), Theater Rotterdam, Chassé Theater (Breda), Parkstad Limburg Theaters (Heerlen en Kerkrade)