May 02 / Julidans

Julidans 2022 - something to believe in

From 2-16 July 2022, Julidans presents the current state of contemporary dance. In a broad programme, you will see the work of leading and idiosyncratic choreographers with different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds. At 14 locations throughout the city, with Internationaal Theater Amsterdam as festival centre, they will present more than forty performances. Julidans is the festival for international contemporary dance that inspires connoisseurs and curious minds alike.

something to believe in

Ever since its first edition in 1991, Julidans has been exploring the boundaries of contemporary dance and performance. This 31st edition of the festival once again presents work by choreographers who are not afraid of experimentation and are in search of a language of their own. This year's performances make statements about the times we live in or offer possibilities for the future. On the Julidans stages, the dance makers confront us with their visions. They give us something to believe in. Hopeful or apocalyptic, feminist or fantastic. The imaginative power of dance is used to make us rethink themes such as (gender) identity, human relationships, and climate.

A selection from the 2022 programme: The festival opens on 2 July with Larsen C, the new work by Greek choreographer Christos Papadopoulos. A magic and hallucinogenic meditation on our position as human beings in times of change. With Re: INCARNATION, Nigerian dance maker Qudus Onikeku brings an energetic and colourful ode to Nigerian culture in which afrobeat from the 1970s and today's hip-hop and dancehall merge. In her performance A Divine Comedy, Austrian provocateur and dance superstar Florentina Holzinger takes you to heaven and hell in dazzling and uncompromising dance theatre in which modern life is put on the dissecting table. Stations is the new solo by the celebrated Canadian choreographer Louise Lecavalier, in which she shows her quest for the pure essence of dance. Her most personal and delicate performance ever. Elle Sofe Sara is a Sami, and with Vástádus eana / The answer is land she presents a contemporary outlook on self-determination and our relationship with the earth in a large-scale production with yoiks sung live on stage.

Within Julidans, there is also a lot of attention for Dutch dance makers - with performances by Siba Sahabi, Nicole Beutler, Cherish Menzo, Ann Van Den Broek, Cecilia Moisio and Boukje Schweigman, among others.

The Julidans programme unfolds - in various steps - from Monday 2 May on

During the festival, dance spreads like an oil slick through Amsterdam – in addition to Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, you will find Julidans at Theater Bellevue, Melkweg Theater, Meervaart, Bijlmerparktheater, Podium Mozaïek, ICK Space for Dance Art, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and at surprising locations in the city.