The Introdans CHRISTMAS GALA has been a regular feature for years now. On and around the days of Christmas, exclusively in Arnhem and Apeldoorn, all the dancers of the Introdans ensembles perform a programme created specially for this occasion. The 2017 edition will revolve around two high-energy and rousing ballets: the impressive and monumental Memory of a Shape by Regina van Berkel and the effervescent and catchy Cirkus primitif balet by Staša Zurovac. Also to be seen: the Dutch premiere of the award-winning Floating Flowers by Taiwanese choreographer Po-Cheng Tsai and the successful, powerful men solo B12 by Jorma Uotinen.

Cirkus primitif balet

Croatian choreographer, theatre director and author Staša Zurovac made his Dutch debut with Cirkus primitif balet in October 2015. The dancers, clad in off-grey tutus, sometimes look like primitive cave dwellers, with fearful expressions, hunched shoulders and limbs that fly in all directions. But appearances are deceptive: Zurovac’s choreography puts huge demands on the dancers in terms of precision and stamina. In a wondrous mix of dance styles – from ballet to Slavic folk dance and from ballroom to African dance – the dancers gradually seem to be caught up in a carrousel gone crazy. And so Zurovac’s ‘primitive circus’ can be taken as a metaphor for the human condition.

…an unbridled dance celebration full of raw, highly charged, clownlike dance movements.
(Dans Magazine on Cirkus primitif balet)

Memory of a Shape

Dutch composer Theo Verbey wrote the music for Memory of a Shape, the monumental, virtuoso and complex work for a large dance ensemble that Regina Van Berkel created for Ballett Mainz in 2009. In February 2017, Memory of a Shape joined the Introdans repertoire: this ballet puts a strong emphasis on dance and strong rhythms, and includes a major role for the monumental stage decor and the superb video images by Dietmar Janeck.

…hectic, sparkling, energetic. Memory of a Shape is a challenge that should be danced and seen more often: a great acquisition.
(De Volkskrant on Memory of a Shape)


B12 is one of the seven works by Finnish choreographer Jorma Uotinen in the Introdans repertoire. This choreography, named after the essentially important vitamin of the same name, is a tragicomic solo about loveliness and vulnerability. Here Uotinen combines diverse dance styles in a surprising manner. The main figure, clad in a ragged, long, white tutu, looks like a wounded swan in one moment, then flaps across the stage like an aerial spirit à la Giselle, then again moves like a robot or like a dispirited clown. In touching scenes he appears to discover both the pleasure that his body gives him as well as its decay. B12 – which forms part of Uotinen’s Ballet Pathétique (also in the Introdans repertoire) – draws its strength above all from the wonderful combination of grand gestures and a highly expressive attention to detail.

Floating Flowers

Floating Flowers by the young Taiwanese choreographer Po-Cheng Tsai won many international awards. Introdans dances this ballet, based on Eastern ceremonies, for the first time during this CHRISTMAS GALA.