English Program

Zuiderstrandtheater is very pleased to present you a wide range of performances and events which are suitable for non-Dutch speakers.

It is also possible to order your tickets by telephone via our box office 070 8800333.

Nederlands Dans Theater 1
Soir Historique

In Soir Historique, NDT 1 takes us back to 1970: the year when Hans van Manen created Situation, a work that set the tone for the more pioneering, innovative choreographic voices that created works for the company in subsequent decades. Situation is accompanied by Gabriela Carrizo's The missing door (2013), and the world premiere of a piece by Edward Clug.

Dance Zuiderstrandtheater
29 | 30 November 8 PM
1 | 20 | 21 December 8 PM

Nederlands Kamerkoor
Edo de Waart: Brahms, Strauss and Wagner

After his successful debut at Nederlands Kamerkoor in 2016, Edo de Waart returns as a guest of the ensemble at the explicit invitation of both the choir and the conductor. He brings with him a programme that might have been written specifically for him, given his intimate familiarity with German romanticism. The centrepiece of the performance is Bruckner’s splendid Mass in E Minor for eight-part mixed choir and elaborate wind ensemble.

Nederlands Kamerkoor | Edo de Waart, conductor

Classical music Nieuwe Kerk
Friday 29 November 8.15 PM


2019 marks the 75th year since the Battle of Arnhem, a momentous moment in the history of the Netherlands. As a tribute to this event, Introdans has compiled a programme based on the timeless and universal themes of strife, strength, energy and pushing oneself to the limit, given shape by contemporary choreographers. In addition to works by Robert Battle and José Limón (USA), Introdans proudly presents the premieres of works by Cayetano Soto and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Dance Zuiderstrandtheater
Tuesday 3 December 8 PM


Scapino Ballet Rotterdam

With the spiritual music of Arvo Pärt as its pulse, Cathedral evokes feelings about the essence of existence. About the mystery of humanity in the grandness of nature and the infinite universe. Choreographer Marcos Morau is an international sensation with his beautifully designed pieces and inventive language of movement; the Dutch tour of his first performance, Pablo, drew full houses.

Dance Zuiderstrandtheater
10 | 11 December 8 PM

Ensemble Agamemnon
Mythical Paradise

Peace, joy, hope and light: many consider the days around Christmas the most beautiful time of the year. In the mythical land of Arcadia, every day was perfect. People lived in harmony with nature, surrounded by an abundance of succulent foods and sweet music. Ensemble Agamemnon leads you through this winter wonderland with the most beautiful early baroque pastorals by Monteverdi, Schütz and Fux.

Alice Kamenezky, soprano | Anaëlle Blanc-Verdin, violin | François Cardey, cornetto | Sarah van Oudenhove, viola da gamba | Louis Capeille, tripple harp | Kazuya Gunji, organ and harpsichord

Classical music Nieuwe Kerk
Friday 13 December 8.15 PM

Música Temprana
Misa Criolla

When, in the sixties, the Vatican gave permission to celebrate mass in the vernacular instead of in Latin, the Argentinian composer Ariel Ramírez wrote his Misa Criolla, which echoes with the rich folklore of Argentina. The record label Philips immediately brought out the work on vinyl, and it became a world-wide success. No ensemble could be better suited to perform the folkloristic and baroque origin of this music than Música Temprana. In addition to a number of villancicos (Christmas carols from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries), they also perform Navidad Nuestra, Ramírez’s less known but equally appealing Christmas music from the B side of the famous Philips LP.

Classical music Nieuwe Kerk
Sunday 22 December 3 PM

Aaron Pilsan
Master Pianist

At his Dutch debut recital a few years ago, the young Austrian pianist Aaron Pilsan left the audience “stunned”, as a critic from De Volkskrant enthused. His debut CD, featuring works by Beethoven and Schubert, also received international acclaim. Pilsan has definitely matured beyond the stage of wunderkind since, and his playing is all the richer and deeper for it.

Bach, Italian Concerto | Mendelssohn, Songs Without Words | Liszt, Sonetto 47 del Petrarca, Mephisto Waltz | Brahms, Handel Variations

Classical music Nieuwe Kerk
Thursday 26 December 2 PM

Charkov City Opera & Ballet
Swan Lake

1894’s Swan Lake is one of the great masterpieces of Russian classical romantic ballet. Marius Petipa and his assistant Lev Ivanov were at the height of their creative ability when they created this choreography to the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky. The imaginative pointe work of the ballerinas depicting white and black swans is unrivalled. Swan Lake is the classic ballet that you need to have seen at least once in your lifetime! And it will be performed in Zuiderstrandtheater with a live orchestra.

Dance Zuiderstrandtheater
Monday 30 December 2.30 & 7 PM

Charkov City Opera & Ballet
The Nutcracker

This classic ballet narrates the story of Clara, who receives a nutcracker doll on Christmas evening. In her dream, the doll comes to life and changes into a prince, marking the start of all kinds of adventures. The Charkov City Opera & Ballet is part of one of the oldest theatres of the former Soviet Union. Productions have been created there in the renowned East European tradition since as far back as 1874.

Dance Zuiderstrandtheater
Wednesday 1 January 2.30 PM

Ensemble Raro
Romanian gems

In 2006, the young Ensemble Raro unleashed a true chamber music renaissance in Romania with the SoNoRo festival. This annual festival draws many young visitors and has developed into a broad cultural platform. This is also reflected in the ensemble’s own programmes, which cleverly connect diverse compositions such as – in this case – the Romanian George Enescu’s masterful octet and trios and quartets by Fauré, Brahms and many others.

Razvan Popovici, violin | Alexander Sithovetsky, violin | Bernhard Naoki Hedenborg, cello | Diana Ketler, piano | Misha Maisky, cello | Martha Argerich, piano

Classical music Nieuwe Kerk
Friday 10 January 8.15 PM

Another Kind of Blue
Flirt with Reality

Choreographer David Middendorp gained international fame when he participated in the popular television programme America’s Got Talent, reaching the finals with Blue Journey. In Flirt with Reality, he supplements this piece with four other choreographies characterised by a surprising and exciting mix of modern dance and technology. “Choreographer David Middendorp stuns his audience with dancers and drones who blend together in an enchanting world.” (De Volkskrant ****)

Dance Zuiderstrandtheater
Sunday 12 January 2.30 PM

Conny Janssen Danst

A performance about resilience, lust for life and vitality. About the urge to break free. To suck the body full of fresh air so that you can embrace unprecedented possibilities with new energy. For BROOS (2018), Conny Janssen drew inspiration from the vulnerability of life in all its phases. This intense process created a desire for a counter-reaction embracing the vitality of life.

Dance Zuiderstrandtheater
Friday 17 January 8 PM

Charkov City Opera
Verdi’s Nabucco

The German composer Otto Nicolai was not interested in an opera about Nebuchadnezzar, and so the commission from La Scala in Milan went to the young Giuseppe Verdi. It became his first great triumph. The opera about the Jews’ struggle for freedom recounted in the Bible immediately resonated with the Italians, who wished to emancipate from Habsburg rule. The slaves’ chorus “Va, pensiero” even became the unofficial anthem of Italy, and still gives listeners chills today.

Opera Zuiderstrandtheater
Saturday 18 January 8 PM


Alexandre Tharaud
Versailles Rêvé

Alexandre Tharaud is one of the most versatile pianists of his generation: his repertoire stretches from Rameau to contemporary music. He also recorded a CD with music by the French singer Barbara and performed spectacularly as himself in Michael Haneke’s film Amour. In The Hague, he returns to the music that marked his highly original breakthrough at the start of this century: the rich French baroque.

Classical music Nieuwe Kerk
Saturday 18 January 8.15 PM

Al Ayre Español

José de Nebra was a successful composer in the Spanish court, but he was also well aware of developments in Italy. His Miserere feels like a Spanish answer to Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, which was already very popular at the time. The scoring is the same (soprano, mezzo and strings), as is the alternation of solos and duets in the expressive style of Neapolitan opera. The ensemble Al Ayre Español is the perfect party for this late baroque gem.

Classical music Nieuwe Kerk
Sunday 19 January 3 PM

Skride Quartet
Four like-minded musicians

Since its establishment in 2016, the quartet of the Latvian sisters Baiba and Lauma Skride (violin and piano, respectively), plus the French violinist Lise Berthaud and cellist Victor Julyen-Laferrière have swept prestigious concert halls such as Tanglewood and Wigmore Hall. In The Hague, they will perform not only Schubert and Mendelssohn but also the Romanian George Enescu’s grand Quartet No. 1. Enescu wrote much of this quartet in Paris, and the French touch is unmistakeable.

Baiba Skride, violin | Lise Berthaud, viola | Victor Julyen-Laferrière, cello | Lauma Skride, piano

Schubert, Adagio e Rondo concertante | Mendelssohn, Piano Quartet No. 3 | Enescu, Piano Quartet No. 1

Classical music Nieuwe Kerk
Saturday 25 January 8.15 PM

Gauthier Dance/Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart
Classy Classics – Dutch premiere

The seventeenth edition of the Holland Dance Festival will open with the Dutch premiere of Classy Classics, a recent hit production by one of the festival’s favourites, the German Gauthier Dance. Do not expect an evening of flamboyant ballet: Classy Classics is a dazzling celebration of modern dance that brings together five contemporary classics in a single programme.

With William Forsythe’s neo-classicist but oh so ironic duet Herman Schmerman, Marco Goecke’s breathtaking solo Äffi, Ohad Naharin’s masterful collage work DECADANCE, Cayetano Soto's eccentric Malasangre and Eric Gauthier’s hilarious miniature comedy Orchestra of Wolves.

Dance Zuiderstrandtheater
22 | 23 January 8 PM

Batsheva Dance Company

For more than 30 years, Ohad Naharin has determined the artistic face of the world-famous Batsheva Dance Company from Israel. With great pride, Holland Dance Festival presents the Dutch premiere of his latest masterpiece, Venezuela: a sensational trip in which Naharin and his phenomenal dancers investigate both the dialogue and the conflict between movement and its meaning, with music that varies from Gregorian choirs to rap. Their weapons: dance full of tangible energy, spectacular leaps, spasms, convulsing bodies and uncompromising lifts.

Dance Zuiderstrandtheater
25 | 26 January 8 PM


Nationaal Jeugd Orkest – Winter tour
Beethoven and Bartok

The Netherlands’ youngest orchestra is coming to Zuiderstrandtheater with a grand orchestra of no fewer than 110 musicians, and three heavyweight orchestra pieces. Beethoven’s romantic Piano Concerto No. 4 is framed by Willem Pijper’s Symphony No. 3 and Béla Bartók’s challenging Concerto for Orchestra. The audience can look forward to an evening of musical extremes – perfect ingredients for an eager and energetic NJO.

Classical music Zuiderstrandtheater
Monday 27 January 8 PM

Triple bill: Shechter/Kratz/Inger

Aterballetto is the ultimate modern dance company from Italy. This group from Reggio Emilia attracts famous choreographers from around the world, and has previously performed at the Holland Dance Festival with great success. Now, the company returns with an electrifying triple bill: Wolf, by the Israeli Hofesh Shechter, Bliss, by the Swedish Johan Inger, and O, by the German Philippe Kratz. Three top choreographers in one unforgettable programme.

Dance Zuiderstrandtheater
29 | 30 January 8 PM


Erlendis Quartet
Norton Bodega Wine concert

This young guitar quartet is sweeping up many international awards. It also made a powerful impression on both the jury and the audience at the Orlando Festival. The four guitarists began their studies in their homeland of Poland, but perfected their art as a group at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. After all, their name – Erlendis – is Icelandic for “overseas”. Their programme ranges from Piazzolla’s tangos to Bizet’s Carmen Suite, and from Leo Brouwer to Sting. Afterwards, you can chat with the musicians while enjoying refreshments with a glass of good wine.

Classical music Nieuwe Kerk
Sunday 2 February 4 PM

Nederlands Dans Theater 1
Sometimes, I wonder

Celebrating sixty years of NDT without including the works by Jiri Kylián is simply impossible. Sometimes, I wonder is a full evening’s programme dedicated completely to a choreographer who, in his many years as artistic director and choreographer, has left an indelible mark on the company. Sometimes, I wonder presents Bella Figura (1995), Claude Pascal (2002), and Vanishing Twin (2008).

Dance Zuiderstrandtheater
6 | 7 | 8 | 11 | 12 | 13 February 8 PM

Nederlands Kamerkoor & Danel Quartet
Goetia: In Umbra Lucis

After the remarkable world premiere of 72 Angels in 2016, which praises the names of 72 angels, the Nederlands Kamerkoor takes on another composition by the Russian-American composer Lera Auerbach. Goetia: In Umbra Lucis again consists of 72 preludes, but this time vocalises only the names of demons. For this Dutch premiere, the choir is collaborating with the famous French Danel Quartet.

Nederlands Kamerkoor | Danel Quartet | Peter Dijkstra, conductor

Lera Auerbach, Ars Goetia

Classical music Nieuwe Kerk
Sunday 9 February 3 PM

Nederlandse Bachvereniging
Concerto Supergrosso

Italy was the cradle of both opera and the concerto grosso, and in baroque Rome, people preferred extravagant orchestras. Orchestras with fifty or more musicians were not unusual. Star violist Shunske Sato leads his Nederlandse Bachvereniging in a splendid selection of arias and concertos composed during the Roman era at the time of Corelli, the founding father of the instrumental baroque.

Shunske Sato, violin and direction | Sophie Junker, soprano | Lucia Caihuela, soprano | Furio Zanasi, bass

Classical music Zuiderstrandtheater
Sunday 16 February 2.15 PM

Nederlandse Reisopera
Monteverdi’s L'Orfeo

The story of the legendary singer-songwriter Orpheus, whose song stirred even animals and rocks, was the ideal subject for this 400 year-old opera. Overcome with grief, Orpheus sings his way into the underworld to reclaim his dead lover Eurydice. Monteverdi composed an ode to the power of music, marking the start of Europe’s operatic history.

Hernán Schvartzman, conductor | Monique Wagemakers, director | various soloists | Co-production with Opera2Day & Studio Drift

Opera Zuiderstrandtheater
Saturday 22 February 8 PM

Nederlands Dans Theater 2

NDT 2, originally established to supply NDT1 with young talent, has long since grown into a fully independent company with its own repertoire. Standalone connects four works from three outspoken and independent creative voices. Johan Inger presents a new creation, which the programme combines with Black Milk (19992) and George and Zalman (2006) by Ohad Naharin, and Postscript (2005) by NDT’s house choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot.

Dance Zuiderstrandtheater
28 | 29 February 8 PM
Sunday 1 March 8 PM
8 | 9 April 8 PM

Alexei Volodin
Master pianist

“Hats off, gentlemen, we have a genius!” the NRC wrote after the Russian virtuoso Alexei Volodin’s “sublime debut recital” in the Master Pianists series. Now, Volodin is bringing the music of three of his compatriots to The Hague. Eight beautiful “fairy tales” by Nikolaj Medtner are followed by Prokofiev’s short and fierce Piano Sonata No. 3, written in 1917, the year of the Russian revolution. Volodin ends with the rarely heard but highly impressive Piano Sonata No. 1 by Rachmaninov.

Alexei Volodin, piano

Medtner, eight fairy tales | Prokofiev, Sonata No. 3 | Rachmaninov, Sonata No. 1

Classical music Nieuwe Kerk
Friday 28 February 8.15 PM

Café Zimmerman & Damian Guillon

The French baroque ensemble Café Zimmerman is celebrating its twentieth birthday with a series of remarkable programmes. The subject Lamento does not immediately evoke the idea of a celebration, but nevertheless, this programme only contains music to lift one’s spirits – because in both vocal and instrumental baroque music, lamento was the genre in which composers wrote their most personal music. Accompanying the ensemble is the French countertenor Damien Guillon, known for his crystal-clear and exceptionally expressive voice.

Café Zimmermann | Damien Guillon, countertenor | Céline Frisch, lead & harpsichord

Classical music Nieuwe Kerk
Saturday 29 February 8.15 PM

Cappella Amsterdam
Dreams and Passion

A programme with which Cappella Amsterdam once again proves that it ranks among the world’s best. In addition to a number of well-loved works by Fauré and Saint-Saëns, the choir sings three pieces by the American David Lang. The concert ends with Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, which is generally seen as the peak of his “neoclassical” period. It is also one of Stravinsky’s most personal and deeply spiritual compositions.

Daniel Reuss, director | Pierre-Fabien Roubaty, piano | Céline Monnier, piano

Fauré, Cantique de Jean Racine - Les Djinns | Lang, Again, Where you go, Solitary | Saint-Saëns, Calme des Nuits | Stravinsky, Symphony of the Psalms

Classical music Nieuwe Kerk
Sunday 1 March 3 PM

Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
The Unknown Chaplin

Four hilarious, crazy and melancholic silent films by the great, universal genius Charlie Chaplin. Films that had to make do without music or soundtrack, as was normal at the time. That is why NBE has asked four composers to compose new music that seamlessly accompanies and supports the films: Reza Namavar, Micha Hamel, Oene van Geel and Julyan Schneemann. It’s an authentic and contemporary interpretation of valuable heritage from the history of film, and an ode to Chaplin’s artistry.

In collaboration with Eye Museum

New music Zuiderstrandtheater
Saturday 7 March 2 PM

New European Ensemble
Anna Thorvaldsdottir

The Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir is one of the most unique voices in contemporary music. With her infinite palette of “colours”, she creates a world of sound in which one can get lost forever, without ever losing the way. Her control over space and time is both alienating and reassuring. In addition to two of her earlier pieces (Ró and Fields), the New European Ensemble will also be performing the world premiere of the new work that Thorvaldsdottir wrote for them.

Classical music Nieuwe Kerk
Saturday 7 March 8.15 PM

Tatarstan State Opera
Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers

Georges Bizet was only twenty-four when The Pearl Fishers premiered. The press response was muted, but the public and even the great Hector Berlioz loved it – and deservedly so. Bizet wrote one beautiful melody after another for this exotic story that takes place in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka. The friendship between two men is tested when they both fall for the same woman, a moment they reminisce about in the world-famous duet.

Opera Zuiderstrandtheater
Wednesday 11 March 8 PM

Pink Floyd Project
The Wall 40 Years

This spectacular theatre show involves a comprehensive performance of Pink Floyd’s legendary double album, with many projections and a challenging décor. The Wall 40 Years is a grand two-hour performance, musically based on Pink Floyd’s live concerts in 1980 and 1981, created and performed by one of the Netherlands’ most acclaimed tribute bands. In this show, expect new images based on the album’s lyrics, including references to current events.

Pop Zuiderstrandtheater
Thursday 12 March 8 PM

Academy of Vocal Arts
St Matthew Passion

Bach’s monumental St Matthew Passion, performed by the Academy of Vocal Arts. Conductor Silvère van Lieshout leads this masterpiece that remains a journey of discovery every time, even for him.

Classical music Nieuwe Kerk
Saturday 14 March 7 PM

Eva Yerbabuena
Cuentos de Azúcar/ Sugar Tales

Eva Yerbabuena, the grand lady of contemporary flamenco dance, is returning to the Netherlands. In the Flamenco Biennale Intermezzo series, she presents her newest performance, Cuentos de Azúcar, in which flamenco enters into a dialogue with traditional music from Japan. Flamenco vocals merge with the shima uta and Japanese taiko drums, with Eva’s magnetic personality at the centre.

Dance Zuiderstrandtheater
Sunday 15 March 8 PM

Metropole Orkest with Dorona Alberti & Tim Akkerman
The music from James Bond

Dorona Alberti (Gare du Nord), Tim Akkerman (formerly of Di-rect) and the Metropole Orkest are diving deep into the world of spies and glamour with the programme The Music from James Bond. The most iconic songs from both early and more recent James Bond films are performed in this theatre concert. “Excellent songs each and every one of them, with that recognisable sound that is both nostalgic and timeless,” says project initiator Dorona Alberti.

Pop Zuiderstrandtheater
Tuesday 17 March 8 PM

Akram Khan
Outwitting the Devil

In his work, the famous British-Bengal dancer and choreographer Akram Khan (1974) brings together power and suppleness, combining lightning-quick footwork with torsos seemingly made of rubber. But he is also an innovator of ancient North Indian dance, whose clear outlines and rhythmic structures are still recognisable in his modern choreographies. In Outwitting the Devil, Khan and six other dancers present his stimulating view on the conventions of the world of classic Indian dance and kathak.

Dance Zuiderstrandtheater
Thursday 26 March 8 PM

B'rock Orchestra

In his relatively short but very powerful St John Passion, the seventeenth-century South-Italian opera composer Alessandro Scarlatti primarily stressed the dramatic side of the story. One of the highlights is the beautiful part of the evangelist, interpreted here by the sensational German alto Benno Schachter. Belgium’s most adventurous baroque orchestra supplements this well-chosen programme with a number of responsories that the composer Carlo Guesaldo, also from southern Italy, wrote for Holy Week. These are a hundred years older than Scarlatti’s music, but nevertheless often sound eerily modern.

Classical music Nieuwe Kerk
Friday 27 March 8.15 PM

Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw
Count Basie & Frank Sinatra

Europe’s best big band dives into the turbulent fifties, when many jazz greats first came to Europe and held famous concerts in Scheveningen and Amsterdam. Like the jazz pianist and big band leader Count Basie. On this evening of pure swing, his music comes to life. Also featuring former Basie drummer Dennis Mackrel and stories from jazz journalist and witness Bert Vuijsje, and illustrated with original images from the Nederlands Jazz Archief (Netherlands Jazz Archive).

Jazz Zuiderstrandtheater
Sunday 12 April 4 PM

Compañía Maria 'la Serrana'

Flamenco dancer María La Serrana was shaped by the dance style of the Farruco family. Her dance is fierce, sensual and pure. In Santuario, she sets out to find the source and soul of flamenco, which was the Andalusian people’s answer to the persecution of the Jews, Moors and Gypsies. On Easter Monday, La Serrana takes us on a journey to the intense flamenco of mystical Andalusia.

Dance Zuiderstrandtheater
Monday 13 April 4 PM


Liza Ferschtman & Friends
Schubert’s Piano Trios

Schubert has a special place in the heart and career of Russian-Georgian pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja. In this concert, she performs his two piano trios with the Dutch master violinist Liza Ferschtman and cellist Jokob Koranyi. These two pieces are powerful compositions by a mature composer, and both are iconic of their genre. Everyone will recognise the sombre Andante con moto from the second trio, one of Schubert’s last completed works, if only because of its use in countless films.

Liza Ferschtman, violin | Jokob Koranyi, cellist | Elizabeth Leonskaja, piano

Schubert, Piano Trio No 1 & 2

Classical music Nieuwe Kerk
Saturday 25 April 8.15 PM

Nederlands Dans Theater 1


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