The seventh edition of SPRING Performing Arts Festival is over. We have enjoyed the festival, which straddled the lines between technologie and humans. The works of artists Boris Charmatz and Jeroen van Loon were an ode t transience during a time in which everything is always digitally archived. The influence of thechnology on the human body was explored by Stefan Kaegi of Rimini Protokoll and Kris Verdonck & ICK.
SPRING 2019 had 21.000 visitors. We presented a total of 20 productions with 73 performances, including 14 Dutch premieres and 3 world premieres.
SPRING 2019 brought voices from all over the world to Utrecht. In the combative Transfrontalier, the public followed the Cameroonian artist Zora Snake in the refugee trail through the center of Utrecht. The spectacular opening performance Attractor by the Australian dance companies Dancenorth and Lucy Guerin Inc and Indonesian musical duo Senyawa ensured a collective trance. The Flemish theater makers Silke Huysmans & Hannes Dereere shared the tragic story of the mining-depleted island of Nauru with the theater audience via their smartphones.
One of the public favorites of SPRING 2019 was the bondage performance BUNNY. Luke George & Daniel Kok created an intimate atmosphere in which they explored the limits of collective responsibility and got the full trust of the public. Naomi Velissariou played the second part of her PERMANENT DESTRUCTION trilogy in a production of Theater Utrecht. A radical theatrical concert that was enthusiastically received by the press and the public. The stunning All Around, a duet by choreographer Mette Ingvartsen and drummer Will Guthrie, was a special conclusion to the festival.
We would like to see you again at SPRING in Autumn!
© Anna van Kooij