AMAZING ASIA

Asia, the biggest, most populated and possibly also most fascinating continent, forms the source of inspiration for the new Introdans programme AMAZING ASIA. Roel Voorintholt, artistic director of Introdans, says: “In recent years Introdans has performed in countries such as China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. And the experiences we gained there have not only made a deep impression on me but on our dancers, too. So now that we are back in the Netherlands, it’s time to delve more into Asian culture.”

This performance will premiere on October 23, 2020 and will tour the Dutch theaters until January 29, 2021. An agenda with all dates is available after the summer.

Dutch choreographer Regina van Berkel has been asked by Voorintholt to make a new creation for AMAZING ASIA. Here she is drawing her inspiration from the beauty of Asia as well as from music by, among others, the Chinese composer Zhou Long. The programme also features the long-anticipated Introdans premiere of Kaash, one of the masterpieces by the British-Bengali, internationally praised, top choreographer Akram Khan.

in a reflective landscape (world premiere) | choreography Regina van Berkel

Regina van Berkel, Dutch-born but now resident in Germany, has twice made a guest choreography at Introdans in recent years: the company has danced her extraordinarily successful choreographies Memory of a Shape and Frozen Echo. What’s more, things really clicked between the dancers and Van Berkel. Voorintholt recounts: “Something really happened in the studio, the dancers matured even more through the collaboration with Regina.”
Now in AMAZING ASIA, Van Berkel is making a new creation specially for Introdans, performed by an extra-large cast of dancers. Moreover, Van Berkel will work together with the well-known Dutch string quartet Van Dingstee Kwartet, where the musicians will share the stage with the dancers. This group will be performing various works, including compositions by the Chinese composer Zhou Long and the American composer Alan Hovhaness.

Kaash | choreography Akram Khan

With great pride Introdans also presents the Introdans premiere of Kaash by Akram Khan in AMAZING ASIA. The British-Bengali Khan is one of the most successful and in-demand top international choreographers in the field of contemporary dance. His production Kaash, which heralded Khan’s breakthrough in 2002, has been on the wish list of artistic director Voorintholt for many years. Apart from Khan’s own group, there are only two other companies worldwide that are permitted to perform this work. In his choreographies Khan impressively builds bridges between classical Indian Kathak dance and contemporary dance styles. When making Kaash (which means ‘what if’ in Hindi) he drew inspiration from the creative and destructive powers of the Hindu god Shiva. In the highly dynamic work the dancers let the tautly geometric patterns expand and contract, punctuated by arms slicing sharply through the air. At the same time, the dancers seem to be both protected and attacked by the black square in the background. This ‘gaping hole’, the start of everything or nothing, is a stage design by no one less than the visual artist Anish Kapoor, winner of the prestigious Turner Prize among other awards. The rousing music for Kaash was composed by Nitin Sawhney, who has previously worked with other musicians such as Paul McCartney and Sting. In 2002 Kaash was awarded the British Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for ‘Best modern choreography’.


‘Kaash is epic, concentrated and of great beauty’ - The Daily Telegraph

‘A firework of movement and sound. The dancers excel. What an intriguing language and fantastic physical control!’ - De Volkskrant


Kaash

Choreography Akram Khan | Music Nitin Sawnhey, John Oswald | Set design Anish Kapoor | Costume design Kimie Nakano | Realization light design Paul Moorhouse | Rehearsal director Nicola Monaco | Repetiteur Diane Matla | Length ±25 minutes | World premiere 28 March 2002, Maison des Arts, Creteil (FR) | Introdans premiere 23 October 2020, Arnhem

in a reflective landscape

Choreography Regina van Berkel | Concept Regina van Berkel, Dietmar Janeck | Music Zhou Long, Alan Hovhaness, Yi-wen Jiang | Played live by Van Dingstee Kwartet | Light and set design Dietmar Janeck | Costume design Regina van Berkel | Repetiteur Marlena Wolfe | Length ±35 minutes | World premiere 23 October 2020, Arnhem

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