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SPRING performing arts festival

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SPRING brings together contemporary performances by (inter)national choreographers and theatre makers. Join the festival in Utrecht this May and enjoy a variety of creative wonders.

SPRING is a festival delivering 10 days of dance, theatre and more. The festival works in combination with the SPRING Academy allows those interested in performing arts to truly discover what happens behind the scenes. Enjoy the performances while discover how they're put together, and why. The festival targets students and young people; those who are already involved in performing arts.

What to expect

From an amazing art extravaganza to a unique interpretation of a Greek tragedy and from washing your hands of all guilt to an all-out theatre binge!

SPRING compiles a varied and daring programme every year, featuring both national and international artists. Visual art, music shows, workshops and debates the creative groups bring new worlds to life.

This years programme includes the latest work by one of the rising stars of the international dance world: Marlene Monteiro Freitas. Responsible for the biggest hit of SPRING 2015, this remarkable Cape Verdean choreographer is returning to Utrecht with her own, unique version of Euripides’ tragedy Bachantes. Be prepared to witness an intense and stunning piece of dance and music theatre.

During the second festival weekend SPRING is going all-out, presenting an unprecedented, world-class art extravaganza. Sacrifice is a four-part special, a ‘mini-festival’ featuring visual art, pop music, theatre and dance as the basic principles for a new religion in times of secularisation: art. For the four parts that make up Sacrifice, the Icelandic choreographer Erna Omarsdottir is collaborating with her partner Valdimar Johannsson, The Icelandic Dance Company and a number of striking visual artists, including Ragnar Kjartansson, Gabriela Frioriksdottir and the renowned Matthew Barney. Composer/musician Bryce Dessner (The National) will be supplying the soundtrack. Sacrifice is a full-length experience where seeing is believing.
SPRING festival


Massimo Furlan - Blue Tired Heroes

A blue costume with a red cape, red socks, yellow belt and red underpants: Superman! Has he ever grown old? Can superheroes even grown old? Can they get washed out at all? In Blue Tired Heroes, the Swiss choreographer Massimo Furlan releases a group of ageing ‘supermen’ to walk around Utrecht. Fat or thin, stooped or proudly standing tall, with or without health shoes or walking sticks: they haven’t forgotten their heroic gestures or their flying poses… Blue Tired Heroes is a funny yet moving performance that questions the fragile nature of man through heroism, icons and role models. 
Massimo Furlan

Oneka von Schrader (AT/ NL) - Panda Express

Panda Express stimulates all the senses and adds new meaning to the term ‘experimenting’. This performance is an installation, tea ceremony and group choreography all rolled into one, with Bach as its endlessly meandering soundtrack. Onstage, the performers, objects and liquids are perpetually in motion. From drinking tea to passing water, Panda Express navigates its own course between the sacred and the profane. Oneka von Schrader has developed a vocabulary of her own in a very short amount of time, playing with taboos, conventions and expectations. With Panda Express she transforms the theatre from a place to watch into a ‘sensorium’: a place to taste, feel, smell, and let go.

Oneka von Schrader initially developed the first phase of Panda Express as her graduation project from SNDO Amsterdam.

Oneka von Schrader

For a more detailed programme visit the event website here.

Date, time and location

The festival is held between 18 and 27 May 2017 at various locations in the city of Utrecht.

Keep an eye on the website and Facebook page for further information.


Prices vary per performance. Please consult the website for more information.

Photo credit: SPRING


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