The International Dance Theater of the Netherlands
While respecting the heritage of the past, the ID aims at creating innovative art by working together with contemporary artists with an established national or international reputation who perform on the basis of their own individual experience and cultural background. In addition, Dutch choreographers - many of whom are still young - are encouraged to elaborate their own artistic and creative vision of traditions, rituals and cultural diversity, and to embody this vision in performances. The ID also collaborates and coproduces works with other international companies with an interest in world dance.
The company attracts audiences of more than 60,000 a year. It also produces performances for the youth. Some of these are to be seen in theatres, but the company also ventures out into the wider world, giving performances in venues such as schools, gymnasia, and community centers. The ID performs at special events too, such as Grachtenfestival, Dance4life and Museum Nacht, a popular event offering contact with a wide variety of Dutch museums.
The ID completed successful tours in the United States, the Dutch Antilles, China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and countries in Western and Eastern Europe.
Recent productions include Mannen van de Tango (The Men of Tango), an exploration of the world of tango with the intimate narration of the story of two people through dance and music. Subways, for the young and the young at heart, mixes together Indian, Latin, Urban, African, Rumanian, Wushu, Hawaiian, and Hard Rock musical styles, along with dance traditions, customs, and images in a melting pot where people create their own culture with that of other people. Met Handen en Voeten (With Hands and Feet) is all about communicating between those who speak a different language. Beating sticks, clapping hands, tapping feet, and rapping mouths are the medium through which a group’s feelings and identity is communicated. But it goes beyond that and shows how important it is to keep on thinking independently and how difficult it can be not to get dragged along by the group spirit. In Zonnekoningen (Sun Kings), the company’s artistic director Jan Linkens explores the similarities and differences between the rituals at the courts of Louis XIV and the Ashantehene from Ghana, both of whom are called Sun Kings.