About Explore Festival

Touring 7 big cities in the Netherlands,
from 15 November to 2 December 2017

Explore Festival, a series of internationally-acclaimed dance and theatre performances from faraway regions overseas will be held from Wednesday 15 November to Saturday 2 December. The stages of no less than 10 different theatres in 7 big Dutch cities are 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.

Explore Festival offers a window on the world, with a daring series of dance, theatre and performance from Asia, Africa and South America, Explore Festival 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 presents a choice of four performances which do not merely provide an unexpected perspective on current issues, but showcase new styles and forms: cheerful, anarchic social criticism from Chile, large-scale visual spectacle from China, an encyclopaedia of the new landscape of Asian dance, and a small window on the world of Moroccan ‘aitas.

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.

Explore Festival will officially open in Theater Rotterdam, Schouwburg venue, on 17 November, with the performance ‘La Dictadura de lo Cool’ by Chilean theatre-maker Maro Layera. Beforehand, Explore Festival in collaboration with Fonds Podiumkunsten will present a debate entitled  ‘Art in Times of Globalisation’, with several international artists, inspired Explore programmers and challenging opinion-formers, among others, around the table.

Stadsschouwburg Groningen en De OosterpoortStadsschouwburg AmsterdamFrascati Theater (Amsterdam)Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Nationale Theater (Theater aan het Spui, Koninklijke Schouwburg, Den Haag)Zuiderstrandtheater (Den Haag)Theater RotterdamChassé Theater (Breda)Parkstad Limburg Theaters (Heerlen en Kerkrade).

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Explore Festival

Festival info

Stadsschouwburg Groningen, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Frascati Theater (Amsterdam), Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Het Nationale Theater (Den Haag), Zuiderstrandtheater (Den Haag), Theater Rotterdam, Chassé Theater (Breda), Parkstad Limburg Theaters (Heerlen en Kerkrade)