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The Crowd is Full of Faces

SPRING invites you to join the 12th edition festival crowd. A crowd of many, where artists also become spectators and spectators share their thoughts, join discussions, or might even play an active part in the performance. A joyful crowd that celebrates this festival as a time of being together. A thoughtful crowd, navigating through a multitude of narrations being brought to Utrecht from nearby and far away. This edition is filled with bigger and smaller productions bringing unique individuals into the spotlight. Get inspired by these stories of difference, diversity, and individuality. We invite you to share, discuss and exchange ideas and stories. Don’t lose yourself in the crowd, but find each other there.

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(DON’T) LOOK ME IN THE EYES

Ainhoa Hernández Escudero

A creation conceived as the second chapter of a trilogy, initiated with the graduation production of the artist at DAS Theatre in 2022. The mythological figure of Medusa, an important figure in the iconography of Western culture is filtered and problematized through critical thinking, pop culture, and sci-fi aesthetics, in search of its resonance in today's world.

  • Dance
  • SPRING coproduction
  • NL premiere

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

Ezra Veldhuis & Bosse Provoost

Machines, medicine, algorithms: many new technologies seem aimed at social control or the disciplining of labour, rather than giving us new forms of freedom. In All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, Ezra Veldhuis and Bosse Provoost explore freedom and unfreedom in relation to technology, by staging Richard Brautigan’s 1967 poem of the same name.

  • Theatre
  • SPRING coproduction

Blood Thirsty

Ira Melkonyan/the rubberbodies collective

In this work in progress, Melkonyan combines her experience as an artist and as a microbiologist to explore the connections and collisions between the biological and cultural contexts of blood. In her performative installation, strange visions expand and leak out of the sterile vessels of a science lab, breaching the boundaries of what can be routinely contained.

  • Performance-installation

Borderline Visible (collective experience)

Ant Hampton / Time Based Editions

A printed book and a sound space. The two elements are joined together in time and space and shared by a temporary audience community. Collectively we follow the story plotted from individual biographies and historical events, until we are confronted with the reality happening right next to us, but not always seen by us.

  • Dance
  • NL premiere

Breathe

Milla Koistinen

A poetic outdoor choreography for one human body and some oversized inflatable objects. In this work the Finnish choreographer and performer Milla Koistinen invites us to consider our relationship with nature and space, the human scale and the scale of the city. About emotions we generate and those being imposed on us.

  • Theatre
  • SPRING coproduction
  • World premiere

collection of

Turkowski & Nowacka

What can a box of family photos from an Amsterdam home contain? An artistic investigation by a Polish duo that takes us into the rooms where the future of the global order was agreed upon, and to small remote villages on the other side of the world.

  • Performance-installation
  • SPRING coproduction
  • NL premiere

Hands Made

Begüm Erciyas

An exciting performative installation that reduces the spectrum of ways we interact with the world to just the touch of our fingertips. What do hands mean to us, and what can we communicate through our hands? About how our manual interface has changed and how it will change in the future.

  • Theatre
  • SPRING coproduction
  • NL premiere

Haribo Kimchi

Jaha Koo / CAMPO

Korean creator and composer Jaha Koo returns to SPRING this year with Haribo Kimchi, a performance in which he takes us on a culinary journey through various absurd and moving anecdotes, exploring food culture as a form of language that reveals the structure of a society.

  • Dance
  • NL premiere

Hmadcha

Taoufiq Izeddiou - company Anania

A new creation by one of the most important Moroccan choreographers of today. During the uncertain time of the pandemic, this Marrakesh-based artist gathered a group of dancers. Like in the old Sufi brotherhood tradition, they search for rhythms and melodies, to ecstatically dance out their anxiety and ritually re-emerge from the crisis.

  • Dance
  • SPRING coproduction
  • NL premiere

Kono atari no dokoka (Somewhere around here)

Michikazu Matsune & Martine Pisani

Three artists meet on stage to revisit their early careers. Mapping how artistic creations and biographies interweave, they embark on a journey through time and space in search of the past and its meaning today. Touching and infused with subtle humour.

  • Performance-installation
  • SPRING coproduction
  • NL premiere

Lake Life

Kate McIntosh

McIntosh invites audiences from 10 + into her artistic work, where the performance can happen only when activated by spectators. Lake Life is a game - and an invitation for a playful yet radical imagination. Can we walk away from our boundaries? Can we to think again out of the box, and transform the rules we follow into something serving better the purpose, for us, and the world around?

  • Performance-installation

Lichtgang

Schweigman& & Johannes Bellinkx

Where does tangible reality end and where does the boundless realm of our imagination begin? Step inside Lichtgang; a mini-cinema where we play with visual perception. Is “reality” the things we see and perceive, or is it a construct of our own mind’s making? Lichtgang is a hallucinatory experience is a hallucinating experience of 7 minutes, an abstract film that takes place largely inside your own eyes.

  • Music-performance
  • SPRING coproduction
  • NL premiere

MOTHERS A SONG FOR WARTIME

Marta Górnicka

Marta Górnicka returns to SPRING! She is bringing a choir of 21 women of different ages, backgrounds and professions. In a powerful testimony of the realities of war, each of them tells her own story of how war has changed her life, while collectively they try to find a way to overcome the horror.

  • Dance
  • SPRING coproduction
  • World premiere

Musa Insistente

Leandro Souza

In this extended tourversion of his DAS Choreography graduation production, Souza, an Amsterdam based Brazilian choreographer, is taking choreography as an escape strategy from the flattening forces of life. The work is a game between speech and body: the repetition and entanglement of texts and gestures from culture, philosophy and dance open the mind.

  • Light installation

my light is your light…

alaa minawi

“when people are forced to leave their cities, they do not only leave their homes, belongings, schools, favorite toys and friends and neighbors behind… they actually leave their skin and organs and memories. they transform into outlines of a radiating light. they walk, whispering one thing: my light is your light…"

  • Dance
  • SPRING coproduction
  • NL premiere

RUSH

Mette Ingvartsen

A wild ride through choreographer Mette Ingvartsen’s works of the past twenty years, many of which have been presented at SPRING. With citations, comments, and unexpected pairings Manon Santkin offers us new insights into the creations, and searches for new connections and contexts. A subversive solo piece celebrating the collaboration.

  • VR opera

Songs for a Passerby

Celine Daemen

With her award-winning latest work, Celine Daemen further develops her unique way of creating transdisciplinary installations in VR surroundings. As a puppeteer of your own body you will be entering a poetic space where the melancholy question arises: is this me passing by moments, or is it rather the moments passing by me?

  • Dance

Spelling Spectacle

Ingrid Berger Myhre

Choreographer Ingrid Berger Myhre comes back to SPRING. Spelling Spectacle is a game where three performers navigate a meticulously devised, yet playful, plan. Sparkling with intelligence and humour, they stage an attempt to look for pitfalls in logic. Should we look at what is in front of us, or see through?

  • Dance

SPRING into the blue

into the blue

Feel the pulse of experimental beats as top-tier freestyle dancers from across the country come together to fight for the champion’s title. Pushing the boundaries of movement and creativity, the dancers are not only battling each other, but primarily themselves. Who can remain in control and connected with the music with all those eyes on them?

  • Theatre
  • NL premiere

Thanks for Being Here

Ontroerend Goed

The world renowned Flemish collective invites us to experiment with the way we perceive reality. Bringing scientific methods to the stage, they recruit their audience to investigate if we all perceive unity of space and time in the same way. Does an objective mode exist?

  • Dance
  • NL premiere

The Filipino Superwoman Band

Eisa Jocson

Eisa Jocson returns to SPRING to continue her consistent research into the exploitation of the citizens of the global south. The Filipino Superwoman Band is a pop-up girl band, teasing us with energetic music and ecstatic choreography, to uncover for us the realities of the global industry known as OFM (Overseas Filipino Musician).

  • Performance-installation
  • NL premiere

The Indonesian Dialogues

There Will Be Film

A multidisciplinary performance featuring video installations, live painting and music. Post-colonial descendants from the Netherlands, Switzerland and Indonesia address questions around colonialism, cultural and personal biases: how does our history continue to influence our present? Who can actually speak about the past? Whose voice is being heard?

  • Dance
  • NL premiere

The Syncopators

Ingri Fiksdal, Fredrik Floen, Mariama Fatou Kalley Slåttøy

An unexpected dance intervention in the landscape of the city. A group of performers in search of a common rhythm, looking for ways to fit their bodies and the stories they carry into this landscape. An ecstatic celebration of public space – a space for performers and a space for audiences.

  • Theatre
  • NL premiere

tReta, a performative invasion

Original Bomber Crew

A young dance collective from Teresina, Brazil, invites us to immerse ourselves in the reality of everyday life in a Brazilian city. Rooted in sounds and movement taken from urban culture, tReta is an artistic gesture to stand against oppression and daily struggle, and cherish the moment of being together.

  • Dance
  • SPRING coproduction
  • NL premiere

Una Isla

Agrupación Señor Serrano

New creation by this Catalan collective that has received the Silver Lion for innovation in performing arts at the Venice Biennale. Since we’ve failed so many times to create a “better world”, let's ask Artificial Intelligence for help this time. Will the technology we created to improve our lives help us finally design an “utopian paradise”? Or will it decide that we ourselves are the obstacle preventing us from ever achieving it?

  • Dance
  • NL premiere

Unbearable Darkness

Choy Ka Fai

In this paranormal choreography experience, Choy Ka Fai combines the digital and artificial with the spiritual. The dancer’s living body, digital extended reality and shamanistic gestures will bring a spectral presence to the stage of one of the biggest figures of Butoh dance, right here in Utrecht!

  • Music-performance

Ways to listen to a river

Nahuel Cano

Nahuel Cano is an Argentinian artist based in the Netherlands. In this work he uses music, video and poetry to tell stories of three important rivers in his life: the Limay and the Salado in Argentina, and the Vecht in the Netherlands. Following these rivers he investigates how history and ecology, feelings, and intimate memories are part of the sound of a river: how rivers define us, and how we influence them.

  • Theatre
  • SPRING coproduction
  • World premiere

Within Cells Interlinked

Andrea Božić and Julia Willms | TILT

Between our dreams, surveillance strategies and gameplay reality, the new performance by TILT takes us on a journey through different realities which can coexist in  one place and one time. Božić and Willms combine different media on stage and invite us to immerse in this phantasmagoria

  • Book launch
  • SPRING Academy
  • Long Table Talk
  • SPRING Academy

Long Table Talk: Speculative Storytelling

Andrea Božić and Julia Willms | TILT

Let’s tell the unknown.  

  • Long Table Talk
  • SPRING Academy

Long Table Talk: Staging Climate

Nahuel Cano

How to stage ‘the outside’ inside?

  • SPRING Academy

MASTERCLASS #1

Mette Ingvartsen

  • SPRING Academy

MASTERCLASS #2

Taoufiq Izzediou

  • SPRING Academy

MASTERCLASS #3

Ezra Veldhuis, Bosse Provoost, Extinction Rebellion Utrecht

  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • SPRING Academy

OFFSPRING : studio sharings #2

Ika Schwander, Ashley Ho & Domenik Naue

  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • SPRING Academy

OFFSPRING: studio sharings #1

Ika Schwander, Ghaliah Conroy, Ashley Ho & Domenik Naue, Aina Roca

  • Reading Group
  • SPRING Academy

Reading Group #1 with Ainhoa Hernández Escudero

Ainhoa Hernández Escudero

Come have a tea and read together with artists and audiences in the cosy atmosphere of bookstore Savannah Bay. You don't have to prepare anything!

  • Reading Group
  • SPRING Academy

Reading Group #2 with Turkowski & Nowacka

Turkowski & Nowacka

Come have a tea and read together with artists and audiences in the cosy atmosphere of bookstore Savannah Bay. You don't have to prepare anything! 

  • Reading Group
  • SPRING Academy

Reading Group #3 with Celine Daemen

Celine Daemen

Come have a tea and read together with artists and audiences in the cosy atmosphere of bookstore Savannah Bay. You don't have to prepare anything! 

  • Topic Talk
  • SPRING Academy

Topic Talk: Ownership & (De)colonial Practices

Choy Ka Fai, Leandro Souza, Francesca Vincentie

How do we talk about the colonial past? And is the colonial perspective really about the past?  

  • Topic Talk
  • SPRING Academy

Topic Talk: War on Stage

Ira Melkonyan, alaa minawi, Sruti Bala

Is there room for war on stage?

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