Holland Dance Festival 2022

Photo: Carlos Acosta © Johan Persson

Virtuosic, Surprising and Engaging


For the  18th time, from 3 to 19 February, Holland Dance Festival presents international leading companies and dance artists, new discoveries, familiar faces and, of course, many firsts for the Netherlands. Dance city The Hague is the beating heart of the festival, with additional performances in Delft, Tilburg, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

Large-scale dance productions, intimate performances, young top talents, dancers at the top of their game, older dancers and dancers with and without disabilities. They are all represented in 19 different productions and 60 performances, which showcase the best that contemporary dance has to offer worldwide.


The work of choreographers with widely differing careers, artistic visions, cultural backgrounds, and different states of accomplishment gives the Holland Dance Festival a unique appeal and thus a unique place in the dance landscape of the Netherlands and the world. The rich and varied festival program is now complete and online.


Here are some highlights!


Opening gala with Nederlands Dans Theater

For the first time since 2009, Holland Dance Festival will open with a grand, festive premiere program of Nederlands Dans Theater 1, in the new cultural temple of The Hague: Amare.


The new artistic director of NDT, Emily Molnar, and Holland Dance Festival director Samuel Wuersten immediately had a ‘click’ and mutual appreciation. They worked closely together in creating the festival program.


From Cuba: dancer & choreographer Carlos Acosta

The main guest of Holland Dance Festival is Cuban superstar Carlos Acosta. As a child, he was forced by his father to embark on a career in ballet, and he developed into one of the greatest dancers of his generation. In the festival he dances in his own program developed exclusively for Holland Dance Festival. His own company Acosta Danza brings the performance 100% Cuban and the Filmhuis Den Haag shows, the biopic Yuli, released in 2019, about the turbulent life of Carlos Acosta.

Dance as means of protest

In addition to artistically leading the Ballet de Marseille, the three-member Parisian dance and theatre collective (LA)HORDE created Marry Me in Bassiani with a group of Georgian dancers about resistance, solidarity and the power that is released when people dance together. Georgian folk dance is known for elements of martial arts and dance with very fast turns. (LA) HORDE, together with the Iveroni Ensemble, created an overpowering, spectacular performance in which folklore and techno merge as expressions of love and struggle.


Dancing juggling or juggling dancing

The fabulous dancers/artists of London-based circus company Gandini Juggling not only master the art of juggling to utmost perfection, their productions have also a high artistic standard. Their inspiration comes from icons in the dance world, such as Pina Bausch and Merce Cunningham.


Talent development and exchange

Since its inception, Holland Dance Festival has strived for international collaboration and exchange of young dancers and upcoming choreographic talents. In this edition, Dutch choreographers will travel to Zurich (Switzerland) to discover dance talent from the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. In Paris, dancers from the National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and Codarts Rotterdam will work with Dutch and international choreographers.


Collaboration with Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater (Israel) gives a boost to the makers there and these choreographers show their results during the festival.


In addition, work by emerging choreographic talents Astrid Boons and Diana Niepce will premiere. Also featured is the new, promising inclusion company Compagnie 21 directed by Jordy Dik.


Dance for and from all ages

For the very young from the age of six Lonneke van Leth brings dance Mijn huis: Waar ik niet mag wonen. In this piece, Syrian actor and refugee Ramez Kamel tells his personal and moving story.


Lonneke van Leth Dans knows how to introduce young people to contemporary dance in an accessible way. Such as in Het verrotte leven van Floortje Bloem, a dance adaptation of the famous book of the same name by author Yvonne Keuls that goes straight to the heart of everyone aged fourteen and over.


The work of the ‘grand old lady’ of American modern dance Lucinda Childs is the focus of the Dance On Ensemble. The ensemble’s dancers range in age from 43 to 71 and all have had long, successful careers with internationally prominent companies. Founded in 2015 to celebrate the artistic excellence, rich history and background of the senior dancer. The ensemble illustrates the great value of dance experience.


About Holland Dance Festival

For more than thirty years, Holland Dance Festival has brought dance from around the world to the Netherlands. The festival presents companies and dance artists who would not otherwise be seen in our country.


From February 3 to 19, 2022, Holland Dance Festival showcases the universality and enormous richness of dance. In an ever-changing program, audiences will have the opportunity to admire the top of international dance up close. Over three weeks, for the eighteenth time, Holland Dance Festival opens a window on the world in The Hague, Amsterdam, Delft, Tilburg and Rotterdam.


Holland Dance Festival is a festival to feel at home at: there is something new for everyone to discover or recognize. The program will be enriched by (hotel) packages, a DanceAble symposium and workshops for dance lovers of all levels. This makes a visit to the dance capital of the Netherlands, The Hague, during the winter months unforgettable.


Dates and Times

February 3, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – February 19, 2022 @ 1:00 pm



Various locations


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