The creation of new work is essential for theatre practitioners at all stages of their careers. By creating such new work an artist can reinvent him or herself, explore the limits of their own abilities and experiment with form and content, all of which contributes to the artistic development. To make the creation of new works in the field of performing arts possible Ammodo entered into a long-term collaboration with the Holland Festival back in 2013.

Drei Schwestern by Susanne Kennedy. Photo: Judith Buss / Kammerspiele

The Holland Festival is one of the leading international festivals of performing arts. The core of the Festival is an offering of high quality international work which is rarely seen on the Dutch stage. In addition, the Holland Festival is committed to the continuing development of the performing arts and makes it possible for new work to be created. The creation of new productions and the (co)production of works are of significant importance to the quality and the reputation of the Holland Festival. This allows the Festival to attract leading artists, to enter into partnerships with other quality theatre festivals and to bring international premieres to Amsterdam.

De zes Brandenburgse Concerten © Anne Van Aerschot

For artists theater festivals are an important setting where they can show their work to a large and often international audience. Since festivals are able to commit to productions at an early stage, theatre practitioners gain a longer time in which to work on the production of new works. (Co)production is therefore crucial to both the quality of the festival and the creative development of the people involved.

The Head & The Load © Stella Oliver

At the present time, co-production is coming under pressure due to the unfavourable financial climate and the associated artistic risks. For this reason Ammodo is working together with the Holland Festival to realise projects which are important for both the festival and the individuals involved, because when it is a question of new work there is an even greater artistic and financial risk.

Thanks to the collaboration between Ammodo and the Holland Festival various (co)productions have taken place since 2013. These include: When the mountain changed its clothing (Heiner Goebbels), El Djoudour (Abou Lagraa) and Nine Rivers (James Dillon) in 2013, Valley of Astonishment, Delusion of the Fury, Coup Fatale en Luigi Nono in 2014 and You are my destiny, La Violación de Lucrecia (Angelica Liddell), Répons (Pierre Boulez) and Manger (Boris Chamatz) in 2015. In 2017, Ammodo supported among others: En Manque (Vincent Macaigne) and La Democrazia in America (Romeo Castellucci) and in 2018 Ammodo X Holland Festival presented among others Neues Stück 1 (Tanztheater Wuppertal, Pina Bausch and Dimitris Papaioannou), Trojan Women (National Changguek Company of Korea, Ong Keng Sen) and Gesualdo (De Warme Winkel). In 2019 Ammodo supported The Head & The Load (William Kentridge) and De zes Brandenburgse Concerten (Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Amandine Beyer, Rosas & B’Rock Orchestra), among other productions. Last year, in 2020, Ammodo supported among others Deep Blue Sea (Bill T. Jones), Drei Schwestern (Susanne Kennedy) and May (Louis Andriessen, Orkest van de Achttiende Eeuw, Cappella Amsterdam, Lucie Horsch).

Ammodo x Holland Festival 2021

Time – Ryuichi Sakamoto
L’Étang – Gisèle Vienne
The Sheep Song – FC Bergman
The Planet – A Lament – Garin Nugroho
Fremdkorper – Boogaerd / Van der Schoot
Transverse Orientation – Dimitris Papaioannou
Pierrot Lunaire – Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Ine’ Aya’ – Miranda Lakerveld

The Planet – A Lament van Garin Nugroho

Ammodo Production Partner of Holland Festival

Annet Lekkerkerker, business director of the Holland Festival: ‘The Holland Festival considers it important to encourage artists to create new work. This allows the festival to continue to offer new productions and to contribute to the development of promising theatre practitioners at a crucial stage in their careers. If, as a festival, you give artists a chance to create a new production you do not know in advance what the outcome will be. That carries with it an inevitable risk. We are very happy to have a partner such as Ammodo which is willing to accompany us on this adventure and to give the artists the necessary room to experiment’.