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Holland Festival 2014, last edition under Pierre Audi

Holland Festival 2014, last edition under Pierre Audi

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Opening on 1 June 2014 with the dance performance Vortex Temporum by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Rosas and Ictus, the 67th Holland Festival will be the tenth and last edition under the artistic leadership of Pierre Audi. Audi will present a wide range of artists, ideas and preferences which he introduced and championed during these recent years. High-profile artists in this festival include Alain Platel, William Forsythe, Peter Brook, Elfriede Jelinek, Isabella Rossellini, De Warme Winkel, Heiner Goebbels, Ben Frost, Calliope Tsoupaki, Abel Gance, Matthew Barney, William Kentridge, Roysten Abel, Abida Parveen and Philip Glass.

One of the most extensive editions in years, the 2014 programme includes ten theatre productions. In association with Stichting Theateralliantie and the Royal Theatre Carré, the festival presents the National Theatre of Great Britain’s War Horse with a Dutch cast. The legendary theatre director Peter Brook stages his new piece The Valley of Astonishment, based on the mystical Persian epic The Conference of the Birds. Elfriede Jelinek has written a brand new work about migration in Europe, directed by her unparalleled ‘interpreter’ Nicolas Stemann. And the young Dutch theatre collective De Warme Winkel will make their Holland Festival debut with Gavrilo Princip, an original, humorous play about the assassin of Franz Ferdinand.

The 2014 festival offers a rich and varied opera and music theatre programme, including Handel’s baroque opera Orlando directed by Pierre Audi. In a co-production with Dutch National Opera, the festival presents the world premiere of Martijn Padding’s Laika. Other offerings include Ben Frost’s The Wasp Factory (after Iain Banks’ book of the same title) and Shara Worden’s neo-baroque pop opera You Us We All. The music theatre programme is concluded by Calliope Tsoupaki’s Oidípous, with a mise-en-espace by Pierre Audi.

The music programme has a special focus on the works of the Italian composer Luigi Nono, including four concerts, a two-day conference in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, lunchtime concerts and an exhibition. Eastern music is headlined by Abida Parveen, the revered and popular Sufi singer from Pakistan. The young American composer Nico Muhly will bring a less well-known part of his music to the fore, presenting his religious work.

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In the dance programme for 2014, Audi presents the big names of recent years. As well as the opening by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, there is also Alain Platel’s direction of a concert by the Sapeurs of Kinshasa and William Forsythe staging a sharp and witty comment on the arts world. Furthermore, the Nederlands Dans Theater is performing a location production at the Amsterdam Food Centre, New Zealand choreographer Lemi Ponifasio breaks new ground with a critical reflection on life with the social media and the Dutch National Ballet bring an evening length programme inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, choreographed by Krzysztof Pastor.

In association with Mojo Concerts the festival presents Abel Gance’s monumental 1927 movie classic Napoleon at the Ziggo Dome, with live music by the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra. A second major film project is presented in association with EYE: the new, more than 5 hour long film River of Fundament by Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler.

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The Holland Festival is financed by the Dutch department of Education Culture and Science and the city of Amsterdam together with, amongst others, main sponsor SNS REAAL Fonds, AMMODO, VandenEnde Foundation, Rabobank Amsterdam, Turing Foundation and Stichting Dioraphte. In addition, the festival receives contributions from private donors, including Friends and the Board of Governors. They provide important support for financing the programme.

The Holland Festival presents a total of 56 productions, with 159 performances, concerts and events, spread over 29 days. The festival runs from 1 until 29 June 2014. Tickets are available on