Brighton Fringe-goers will be saying Welkom! this May, as a season of 14 UK premieres from The Netherlands are announced for this year’s festival.
Organisers are giving UK audience the chance to view some of the most exciting and challenging work to come out of The Netherlands over the past five years.
Shows include Macho Macho, winner of the Dioraphte Best of Amsterdam Fringe Award 2016, by Bosnian-Dutch artist Igor Vrebac, which draws inspiration from Instagram-workout-selfies, Turkish wrestling and the idea of bromance to examine the idea of male objectification.
Also appearing is I Will Carry You Over Hard Times, the ‘Spirit of the Fringe’ Award-winner at Amsterdam Fringe 2016, a mesmerising piece of musical choreography featuring a master musician performing on instruments made of thin air.
Experimental performance group 7090, Amsterdam Fringe 2014 award-winners, bring five shows to the Brighton Spiegeltent including Jellyfish Trap: Satie in 3D, a cavalcade of characters and explosions in an absurd 3D ceremony, and Daddy Day: Bret Hana, a family slideshow with a bloodcurdling ending.
Sexiety, a crossover between theatre and journalism by the Gehring en Ketelaars company, award-winners from Amsterdam Fringe 2011, will use a series of monologues, mini-lectures and short dramatic scenes to examine the thorny issue of sex.
Collapse, the winner of the Amsterdam Fringe Silver Award 2016, a hypnotic examination of the Trojan prophet Cassandra who foresaw the collapse of her city, will also be staged.
For Julian Caddy, Managing Director of Brighton Fringe, the showcase is the fruit of a six-year partnership with Amerstdam Fringe. “The desire is to bring some of the most talented and innovative contemporary performers and makers from The Netherlands for a season of UK premieres. It is truly a unique collection of award-winning work that everyone can enjoy. All pieces in the season are either in English or musical, physical or visual performances, so you don’t even need to learn Dutch to enjoy it!”
The excitement is something Aukje Verhoog, Director of Amsterdam Fringe, echoes. “We are very excited about the Dutch Season. It is a great opportunity for all the artists involved to present their work at Brighton Fringe and we are ‘monkey proud’, as the Dutch expression goes, that these amazing productions will represent Amsterdam Fringe Festival and Dutch performing arts.”
The Brighton Fringe Dutch season runs 18 May to 4 June and full details can be found at www.brightonfringe.org