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Season-Long Dutch Focus at the Kennedy Center

Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 at 7:00PM

Kennedy Center

  • Oct 2019

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    7:00PM

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Season-Long Dutch Focus at the Kennedy Center

Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 at 7:00PM

Washington DC, DC , United States of America




Season-Long
Dutch Focus at the Kennedy Center

Dutch Never
Grow Up!
 program
brings five fun-filled performances for young audiences to the
Kennedy Center

October
31, 2019-April 26, 2020

Throughout
the 2019-2020 season, Kennedy Center Performances for Young
Audiences will present five award-winning music, theater, and
dance companies from the Netherlands in collaboration with Dutch
Performing Arts. This season-long Dutch focus will bring the unique,
high-caliber work of Woest, BonteHond, Mass Theater &
Dance, Oorkaan, and De Dansers to families and student
audiences at the nation's cultural center in Washington, D.C.
Performances kick-off in October and November 2019 and will continue
in January and April 2020. For tickets and more information, please
visit: https://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/series/PYA.


The
brand-new collaboration between the Kennedy Center and Dutch
Performing Arts, resulting in 56 performances throughout the year,
showcases companies and pieces that have been curated specifically
for their boundary-breaking theatricality:

Woest: Balancing
Bodies

Dance

October
31-November 2, 2019 in the Terrace Gallery

Take
a seat in a rolling office chair as an ordinary space transforms into
a universe full of surprises and twists. Dance/theater company Woest
brings this interactive show balancing foolishness and
seriousness. Ages 9+


BonteHond: GET'M

Theater

November
2-3, 2019 in Studio F at the REACH

Three
television hosts fight over one microphone in this imaginative
production full of silly misunderstandings, a puppet show, and
hilarious hide-n-seek. Ages 3+


Maas
Theater & Dance: EGG-tion HERO

Theater

November
9-10, 2019 in Studio F at the REACH

Will
two museum attendants succeed at keeping a special egg safe? Join
Dutch theater/dance company Maas for a hysterically egg-cellent
time! Ages 3+


Oorkaan: Glimpse

Music

January
11-12, 2020 in the Terrace Gallery

Dive
into an enchanted world in which music, artists, images, and
technology interact with one another. This performance combines music
and visual arts in an interactive way, so be prepared to
participate! Ages 2-4


De
Dansers: Pokon

Dance

April
24-26, 2020 in the Family Theater

Three
performers storm the stage whirling, twirling, hiccupping, tumbling,
and singing. Dutch dance company De Dansers presents this mesmerizing
performance for children and grown-ups who can't keep still. Ages
5+

These
performances are a part of 
Never
Grow Up!

Never
Grow Up!
 is
a year-long initiative bringing an abundance of Dutch film,
literature, and performing arts for young audiences to the United
States. This program shares a wide range of work from the Netherlands
for young audiences at festivals, conferences, and other platforms,
all representing a respect for young people and dedication to youth
culture as an autonomous art form.

A joint effort of Dutch
Performing Arts, the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the
Netherlands in New York, Eye International, Netherlands Film Fund,
Cinekid, Dutch Foundation for Literature, and DutchCulture, 
Never
Group Up!
aims
to stimulate the dissemination and visibility of Dutch youth arts as
well as cultural exchange and partnerships with renowned U.S.-based
presenters and organizations.

 

Dutch
youth arts are known for their artistry and high production values
while often tackling challenging subjects, ranging from the
commercial to the chaotic, the playful to provocative and poetic, the
silly to the serious, and everything in between. Filmmakers, writers,
and performers take young people and their personal experiences
seriously. Unafraid to take artistic risks, publicly-funded makers in
particular like to go off the beaten path of typical children's
stories and address topical issues head-on. At the same time, Dutch
youth arts are characterized by their sense of humor, playfulness,
and light take on things, and are equally enjoyed by young audiences
and grown-ups.


Throughout
2019, 
Never
Grow Up!
 presents
Dutch film, literature, (music) theatre, and dance that caters to
young audiences and their families at events and venues such as
Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Kennedy Center, New York International
Children's Film Festival, and Brooklyn Book Festival. Presenters and
agencies are invited to attend screenings, readings, and
performances, meet directors, writers and performers, and engage with
representatives of Dutch expert organizations to discuss
opportunities for collaboration and exchange.

 

Visit DutchCultureUSA.com/NeverGrowUp for
more information and upcoming activities.

 

 

About
Education At the Kennedy Center 

The
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts sets a national
standard for arts learning. Working through model programs and a
nationwide network of partners, the nation's cultural center
harnesses the power of the arts to address education challenges,
accelerate best practices, and uplift citizen artists. Across all its
programs, the Kennedy Center is committed to increasing accessible,
inclusive opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to
participate in, learn about, and learn through the arts. 
New
York Times 
best-selling
author and illustrator Mo Willems serves as the Center's first-ever
Education Artist-in-Residence. Throughout his two-year residency,
Willems will invite kids and former kids into the creative process
with original productions and hands-on, interactive moments. 

 

Highlights
of the 2019-2020 season include the 51st annual Kennedy Center
American College Theater Festival, which impacts thousands of
college-aged theater students across the country; two Kennedy Center
world premiere commissions comprising of Education
Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems's 
Don't
Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical)
,
and 
Kid
Prince and Pablo
;
the 5th year of the DC Public Schools Performing Arts Festival at the
Kennedy Center; and 
New
Visions/New Voices
,
the biannual festival dedicated to the development of new plays and
musicals for young people and their families. On September 7, 2019,
the Kennedy Center opened the REACH, an immersive arts and learning
center with significant space and programming for arts education. 

 

As
an essential component of the living memorial to President Kennedy,
the Center's Education programs utilize the arts to embrace President
Kennedy's ideals of service, justice, freedom, courage, and
gratitude. By cultivating the citizen artist in everyone, the Kennedy
Center brings the arts and creativity to the center of our lives. For
more information, please visit kennedy-center.org/education/

Funding
Credits

Bank
of America is the Presenting Sponsor of Performances for Young
Audiences.

 

Additional
support for is provided by 

A.
James & Alice B. Clark Foundation; The Morris and Gwendolyn
Cafritz Foundation; Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; Anne
and Chris Reyes;

and the
U.S. Department of Education.

Funding for Access and
Accommodation Programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by the U.S.
Department of Education.

 

Major
support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided
by 
David M. Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts
Access Program.

 

 

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