Noord Nederlandse Dans photo by Karel Zwaneveld

As I write this post a mere week before heading on a journey that includes a trip to our former home, Holland, I’m excited to bring this dance event to the forefront of the 2012 Chutzpah Festival.

Noord Nederlandse Dans, part of Chutzpah’s Dance Series, is a troupe of 14 contemporary dancers who will present a selection of new works by Artistic Director Stephen Shropshire and Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat. Neither sound too Dutch, but rest assured, this well known and beloved company is based in the northern university city of Groningen.

Groningen is home to a beautiful museum that in itself is an artwork, situated on water. I’ve been lucky to have seen many exhibitions there, and as lively a city as Groningen is, NND fits right into its creative vibe and youthful culture.

NND has performed at festivals and venues in Brazil, Germany, Spain, Finland, and as far away as Russia, Japan, and for the first time, Canada.

Director Shropshire is Juilliard-trained. He too is highly sought after, having created original works for the Iceland Dance Company, the National Dance Company of Wales, the Holland Dance Festival in The Hague and others.

Emanuel Gat established his own company in 2004, and is the recipient of the Israeli Minister of Culture Award for outstanding dance performance. He also received one of his country’s highest honours as a chosen artist for the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation.

Visit the Noord Nederlandse Dans event page on the Chutzpah Festival website.

Noord Nederlandse Dans
Venue: Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre, 950 West 41st Ave, Vancouver
Dates: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 8 pm, Thursday, Feb. 16, 8 pm, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2 and 7 pm
Tickets: $26 Adults, $22 JCC members and seniors, $16 students (ticket prices do not reflect HST and service charges).
Purchase tickets one of three ways: Online via Tickets Tonight, or by phoning either Chutzpah (604.257.5145) or Tickets Tonight’s (604.684.2787) box offices.

Photo courtesy of Karel Zwaneveld.

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