Opera, classical music, jazz, theatre, exhibitions and festivals throughout the Netherlands – specially chosen for an international audience


Tino Sehgal: A Year at the Stedelijk

Tino Sehgal: A Year at the Stedelijk

A major survey of the work of the German-British artist Tino Sehgal unfolds in 12 chapters and 12 different rooms in the Stedelijk Museum. Sehgal makes live artworks and each month there will be another work in another room, increasing in scale and culminating in the summer with 'situations' involving a larger number of participants. As summer turns to autumn, the works return to a smaller scale.Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam until December 31.www.stedelijk.nl  More >


Dotan

Dotan, the Dutch singer-songwriter who began his career singing in people's front rooms, has had a meteoric rise to fame with his first album, 7 Layers from 2014. The single, Home, has become a worldwide hit and the American trade paper Billboard put Dotan at number two on its list of the Next Big Sound for 2015.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, December 21.Tickets on sale: February 28.www.ziggodome.nl   More >


Masterpieces from the Howard Greenberg Collection

Masterpieces from the Howard Greenberg Collection

New York gallery owner Howard Greenberg has been collecting photographs for the past fifty years. Now a selection of 150 prints are being exhibited in Amsterdam, offering a broad overview of the history of 20th century Western photography. The collection features many iconic photos by famous photographers as well as masterpieces by less well-known artists. It represents a diversity of photographic genres and movements in Europe and America, with a focus on the New York School and the Czech modernism of the 1920 and 1930s.Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam until January 11.   More >


Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner

A major retrospective on the work of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), one of the 20th century's most significant and influential reformers. Steiner served as a source of inspiration for some artistic giants, including Piet Mondriaan, Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Beuys, and for contemporary artists and designers such as Olafur Eliasson and Konstantin Grcic. The exhibition presents an extensive collection of furniture, models and blackboard drawings.Kunsthal, Rotterdam until January 11 2015.   More >


Carthage

Carthage

A major exhibition about the city founded around the ninth century BC by the Phoenicians and later the third-largest city in the Roman Empire. The objects on show are on loan from Tunisian museums, the Louvre, the British Museum and other institutions. They are presented in a Mediterranean setting of the ancient port and city ruins, still found on the Tunisian coast.Among the objects on show are colourful mosaics, marble and bronze sculptures, tombs, jewels, glass artefacts and valueable treasures found in a shipwreck.National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden until May 10 2015.   More >


Confessions of the Imperfect

Confessions of the Imperfect

An exhibition looking backwards to the February Revolution of 1848 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and forward to where we go from here with the world needing a new mentality, a different perspective. It travels through modern culture and shows that art and design touch every facet of life. There is new and old work by artists such as Constant, Francesco Garcia Dory, Renzo Martens, Wendelien von Oldenborgh, Alexandra Pirici & Manuel Pelmus and Li Mu.Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven until February 22 2015.   More >


Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

The stage version of the popular 1994 film about two drag queens and a transsexual travelling across the Australian desert to perform their unique style of cabaret comes to the Netherlands with the original cast. The musical has won several awards since it opened in Sydney in 2006, including an Olivier and a Tony for best costume design.Theater Carré, Amsterdam, November 10 to 22.www.theatercarre.nl  More >


Bernard Haitink

Bernard Haitink returns to Amsterdam with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for three concerts featuring all four of Schumann's symphonies plus three of his concertos.Symphony nr 3, and the violin concerto with soloist Isabelle Faust.November 11.The first and fourth symphonies, and the cello concerto with soloist Gautier Capuçon.November 13.Symphony nr 2, and the piano concerto with soloist Murray Perahia.November 15.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.www.concertgebouw.nl  More >


Modern Times

Modern Times

Around 400 images from the Rijksmuseum's collection of 20th century photos are on display in the newly refurbished Philip's Wing. They include rare works by the likes of Bassaii, Ed van Elsken, Lewis Hine, William Klein and Man Ray.Also included is Eadward Muybridge's famous Horse In Action from 1886, which disproved the long-held idea that a galloping horse always has one foot on the ground.There are also portraits of Hollywood stars such as Joan Crawford captured by Edward Steichen in 1931, and images of city life by photographers such as Grant W Pullis.Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam until January 11.www.rijksmuseum.nl  More >


Football

The Dutch national football team plays a friendly match against the US.Arena, Amsterdam, June 5.The Netherlands versus Iceland in a European Cup qualifier.Arena, Amsterdam, September 3.The Netherlands versus the Czech Republic in a European Cup qualifier.Arena, Amsterdam, October 13.www.amsterdamarena.nl  More >


U2

U2

U2 have added two dates to the Netherlands leg of their tour when they will be performing numbers from Songs of Innocence, their 13th studio album.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, September 12 and 13.www.ziggodome.nl  More >


Eye-catchers

The National Archive has selected 450 photos from its collection of 15 million, ranging from classic images by master photographers such as Robert Capa and Paul Huf to intriguing shots taken by amateurs. Because the archive covers the whole history of photography, this selection provides a snapshot of modern history.National Archive, The Hague until July 12.www.gahetna.nl/blikvangers  More >


North Sea Jazz Festival

North Sea Jazz Festival

One of the world's foremost jazz festivals also features music ranging from blues to salsa with a line-up of international singers and instrumentalists. Already announced for the 2015 edition are Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.Ahoy, Rotterdam, July 10, 11 and 12.www.northseajazz.com  More >


Tour de France: Grand Départ

Tour de France: Grand Départ

The 2015 edition of the Tour de France cycling race begins in Utrecht when the riders arrive in the city on July 2 and are presented in the Lepelburg park. On July 4 there are individual time trials. July 5 sees the seconed stage of the race from Utrecht to Neeltje Jans in Zeeland via Rotterdam.Full details of the route are on the website.Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, July 1 to 5.www.routetourdefrance.nl  More >


Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond sings old favourites such as Red, Red Wine and Sweet Caroline as well as more recent songs.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, June 25 and 27.www.ziggodome.nl  More >


Oerol Festival

This annual festival takes over the island of Terschelling and presents theatre in its widest meaning, outdoors in its woods and fields and on its sand dunes and golden beaches, and indoors in its barns and cafés. It also includes dance, visual art and music. All the performances are created specially or adapted to the location.Terschelling, June   More >


Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race, the round the world yacht race which began on October 4 2014, makes a 24-hour pit-stop in The Hague before departing for the final stage to Göteborg for the finish on June 27.For the first time in its history, this 12th edition of the race, which has nine stages, sees all seven competing teams sailing in the same class of boat: the Volvo Ocean 65.Derde Haven, The Hague, June 19 and 20.www.volvooceanrace.com/en/ports/38_The-Hague.html  More >


PinkPop

PinkPop

The annual outdoor pop festival presents a line-up of international artists on several stages. This year's acts include Elbow, Robbie Williams, Anouk, Foo Fighters, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith.Landgraf, Heerlen, June 12, 13 and 14.www.pinkpop.nl  More >


Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

The complete original line-up is back together for On With The Show, which is their final tour. Expect songs from their best-selling album Rumours and more.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, May 31 and June 1.www.ziggodome.nl  More >


National Opera

Hector Berlioz's opera Benvenuto Cellini is directed by film-maker Terry Gilliam and conducted by Sir Mark Elder. Berlioz's first opera was inspired by the memoirs of the 16th century Florentine sculptor Cellini as he casts his statue of Perseus, commissioned for Pope Clemens VII. The opera is rarely performed because of its technical difficulty. John Osborn takes on the title role, with Laurent Naouri as his rival Fieramosca. The Rotterdam Philharmonic is joined by the National Opera choir.It is performed in French with Dutch and English surtitles.Muziektheater, Amsterdam, May 9, 12, 15, 18, 25 (matinee), 28 and 31 (matinee).www.operaballet.nl   More >


Isaac Julien: Riot

The films of Isaac Julien (London, 1960) are a blend of fact and fiction, aesthetics and critical reflection. Over the past few years, an architectural arrangement of the projection screens has become a striking factor as well. His recent film installation Playtime is a spectacular example of this development and comprises the core of the exhibition. Along with this work, eight films shown in 'single-screen' versions provide a broad view of Julien's oeuvre, spanning the past thirty years. Large photographic works that came about in connection with the films, but which function as independent works of art, complete the exhibition.De Pont, Tilburg until May 31.www.depont.nl   More >


Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

The American singer-songwriter Ariana Grande, who shot to fame in the tv show Victorious, is on her first world tour promoting her second studio album, My Everything. The album has already provided three top hits: Problem, featuring Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, Break Free and Love Me Harder.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, May 29.www.ziggodome.nl  More >


How We Work

Following the international success of the first wave of Dutch Design, a younger generation of designers from the Netherlands shows the new directions it is taking. Guest curator Tatjana Quax (Studio Aandacht) and the museum have selected one object by each of fourteen very diverse designers to show the process of how and why it was made.Stedelijk Museum, Den Bosch until May 26.www.sm-s.nl   More >


Pleasure and Piety: The Art of Joachim Wtewael

Pleasure & Piety is the first-ever large monographic exhibition on the Utrecht painter Joachim Wtewael (1566-1638). Wtewael is a sublime colourist and fabulous storyteller. His works on copper are exquisitely painted gems. His biblical depictions are strikingly sensitive, while his mythological works are witty and good-humoured, with gods and goddesses at play or at war.His portrayals of Mars and Venus are so risqué that some were censured or hidden from view - behind another painting, on a collector’s bookshelf or in a museum depot.A selection of his best works has been brought together for this exhibition. Approximately forty paintings and ten drawings from European and American museum and private collections offer a unique demonstration of his mastery.Centraal Museum, Utrecht until May 25.www.centraalmuseum.nl  More >


Greg Shapiro

In his show How To Be Orange Greg Shapiro shared the hilarious truth of becoming a Dutch citizen. Now he finds himself integrating further, into something truly strange: Friesland. In How To Be Frisian, he discovers that the Frisians are loud, proud and fiercely independent. He tackles such subjects as Fierjlappen (pole vaulting across canals), Aaisykje (hunting for eggs) and Reerijden (skating in circles for hours. And he covers subjects ranging from the Dairy Campus to the Circular Economy.Boom Chicago, Amsterdam, March 31; Schouwburg, Zwolle, April 21; De Harmonie, Leeuwarden, May 21.www.howtobefrisian.nl  More >


The Stedelijk Museum In The Second World War

The Stedelijk Museum In The Second World War

The Stedelijk is taking a look at its activities during World War Two, including works of art acquired between 1933 and 1945 which may have to be returned to the heirs of the owners. Sixteen 'dubious' paintings are on display, including works by Kandinsky and Matisse. In addition, there are documents, posters and photographs from the period.Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam until May 21.www.stedelijk.nl   More >


La La La Human Steps

Museum Boijmans' spring exhibition features one hundred works of art from the museum's own collection and ranging from huge installations to small paintings. They all deal with la condition humaine and include works by Mike Kelley, Cindy Sherman, Hans Bellmer, Bruce Nauman and Pipilotti Rist.There is also contemporary dance in the form of Gesina Moog and Jac Carlsson performing a piece by Edouard Lock of La La La Human Steps (March 29) and a performance by House of Makers' Sterre van Rossem, Peter Leung and Matthew Pawlicki (May 17).Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam until May 17.www.boijmans.nl  More >


Rembrandt’s Late Pupils – Studying Under A Genius

A companion exhibition to Late Rembrandt at the Rijksmuseum, this is devoted to the pupils Rembrandt trained during the final stage of his career, from around 1650 until his death in 1669. The relationship between pupils and teacher emerges from around 90 paintings, drawings and prints by Nicolaes Maes, Willem Drost, Abraham van Dijck, Jacobus Leveck, Heyman Dullaert, Arent de Gelder and others. Their work is shown alongside that of Rembrandt.Rembrandt House, Amsterdam until May 17.www.rembrandthuis.nl   More >


Late Rembrandt

The biggest exhibition of work by Rembrandt (1606-1669) in the Netherlands since 1969 concentrates on his later paintings, drawings and etchings, with loans coming from museums and private collections across the globe. The works made in the last phase of his life show a more experimental technique and more emotion.Among the works on show is the painting Family Portrait which has not left its home at the Kunstmuseum des Landes Neidersachsen in the German Braunschweig for seventy years. It is the only family portrait known to have been painted by Rembrandt.Also in the exhibition is the Claudius Civilis, which once hung beside The Night Watch in Amsterdam's city hall - the present Royal Palace on the Dam. This painting is now in the collection of the National Museum in Stockholm.Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam until May 17.www.rijksmuseum.nl  More >


The Frick Collection – Art Treasures from New York

For the first time the Frick Collection in New York is lending a large part of its world-class collection. 36 masterpieces can be seen at the Mauritshuis, ranging from paintings to applied arts. The highlight is the enchanting portrait of the Comtesse d'Haussonville by Ingres and there are other portraits by Gainsborough and Reynolds, favourites of founder Henry Clay Frick.There are also important sculptures, including Francesco Laurana's portrait bust of Beatrice of Aragon and the bronze Hercules of Antico, both from the 15th century.A lesser-known part of the New York collection is the small but refined drawing collection. These fragile works are seldom seen, but eight beautiful drawings by Pisanello, Altdorfer, Rubens, Goya and Tiepolo are on loan for this exhibition.Applied arts, too, form an important aspect of the Frick Collection, in particular porcelain, valuable clocks and rare Renaissance pottery. The highlights here are a unique Sèvres vase, an ornately decorated clock and a Majolica bowl from the workshop of Orazio Fontana.Mauritshuis, The Hague until May 10.www.mauritshuis.nl  More >


BMX Supercross

BMX Supercross

The second round of the 2015 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup takes place in Papendal, the favourite venue of this event for many riders. It follows the opening round in Manchester in April and comes ahead of races in Sweden, Argentina and the United States.Olympic Training Center, Papendal, Arnhem, May 9 and 10.www.bmxholland.com  More >


Happy Birthday Chanel! 60 Years of the 2.55

An exhibition celebrating 60 years of the iconic Chanel handbag, the 2.55 with its quilted body and its chain handles. A number of these handbags are on display together with designs showing the origins of the bag and its influence on the fashion world.Elsewhere in the museum are displays of bags and purses from the Middle Ages to the present day.Museum of Bags and Purses, Amsterdam until May 3.www.tassenmuseum.nl   More >


National Ballet

National Ballet

The junior company is on tour with the programme Ballet Classics and Modern Masters. The dance extracts from the classical repertoire: the pas de deux from Swan Lake in Rudi van Dantzig's choreography and the pas de six from August Bournonville's Napoli. There is new work by Juanjo Arques and the young Canadian choreographer Robert Binet, and the company premier of works by Hans van Manen, Ernst Meisner and Milena Sidorova.Stadsschouwburg, Groningen, March 26.John Neumeier's version of Alexandre Dumas' La Dame aux Camélias is one of the masterpieces of the last fifty years of story-telling ballets. The story of Marguerite, her love for Armand and how she dies in his arms is danced to the music of Chopin. Neumeier has created technically difficult steps for his large-scale scenes and for the intimate duets. The German designer Jürgen Rose adds around 450 gorgeous costumes and impressionistic sets.Muziektheater, Amsterdam, April 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 19 (matinee), 23, 24 and 26 (matinee).www.operaballet.nl  More >


Collection d’art

This exhibition tells the story of the renowned Amsterdam gallery, Collection d’art, which from 1969 to 2004 was home to a broad range of art lovers. With Collection d’art, founder Cora de Vries made people who were known or unknown, friends or passersby, students or critics all part of contemporary developments in art. As a result, a loyal group of regular visitors and buyers, including several museum directors, quickly formed around Collection d’art. The gallery was a place where fellow art lovers came together in their shared interest and love for contemporary art.Together with Miente Boellaard-Stheeman, the Cobra Museum presents an exhibition of selected works from the personal collection of Cora and Hans de Vries, with works by Constant, De Kooning, JCJ van der Heijden, Baselitz, Schoonhoven, Armando, Appel, Bogart and many more.Cobra Museum, Amstelveen until April 19.www.cobra-museum.nl   More >


Theatre in the Cinema

Pathé cinemas around the Netherlands screen plays live or semi-live from the Old and New Vic and the National Theatre in London and from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon, providing the opportunity to see some of the best actors strutting their stuff on stage.A View From The Bridge is the Young Vic production of Arthur Miller's play about dock worker Eddie Carbone's unhealthy love for his 17-year-old niece, who has lived with Eddie and his wife since the death of her mother years earlier. When the family take in two illegal immigrants from Italy, Eddie seethes with anger and resentment as the young, innocent Catherine falls in love with the younger of the two brothers.It is directed by Dutchman Ivo van Hove on an almost bare stage and marvellously acted by its cast which includes Mark Strong and Phoebe Fox.Pathe cinemas, Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, March 26.The Hard Problem is Tom Stoppard's first new play in nine years and its title is a reference to the difficulty scientists and philosophers have in fathoming the nature of human consciousness. It stars Olivia Vinall as a young psychology student at Loughborough who is preparing for an interview at the 'Krohl Institute for Brain Science', where most of the action is then set. It is Nicholas Hytner's swansong as director of the National Theatre.Amsterdam, The Hague, Groningen, Rotterdam, April 16.www.pathe.nl   More >


The Origins of Genius

Science is one of the major sources of progress in society. Our scientific genius is one of our most precious resources. But the genius of science still remains a mystery. Is it an uncontrollable element of our best minds, or can it be stimulated by political and economic incentives?This series of lectures by Geert Vanpaemel, Professor History of Science at Leuven, presents an analysis of the concept of the genius, through various historical episodes involving some sort of genius. It investigates the nature of our beliefs in scientific genius, and points to the growing importance of public debates on science.Newton and the Bosheviks March 10Darwinism and Modern Times March 17Frankenstein and the Endless Frontier March 24Einstein in China April 7The Wonderful World of Walt Disney April 14Bonnefantenstraat 2, Maastricht.www.sg.unimaas.nl   More >


Rotterdam Marathon

Rotterdam Marathon

Top international runners are joined by thousands of amateurs and watched by an enthusiastic crowd of over 900,000 as they run from the Coolsingel and around the city centre. There is also a quarter marathon, a mini-marathon, a kids run and a business run.Coolsingel, Rotterdam, April 12.www.marathonrotterdam.nl  More >


Introdans

Introdans

Another chance to see Ed Wubbe's magisterial De dood en het meisje (Death and the Girl) with live music from the Van Dingstee Quartet and the Gelders Orchestra. Also on the programme is a new work by Lucinda Childs and works by two of the company's dancers: Jorge Pérez Martinez and Laurent Drousie.De Purmaryn, Den Bosch, March 4; Schouwburg, Leiden, March 5; Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, March 18; Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht, March 23; Parktheater, Eindhoven, March 25; Schouwburg, Arnhem, April 10.www.introdans.nl   More >


Bill Viola

Two installations by video artist Bill Viola which he made in 2005 based on director Peter Sellars' version of Richard Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde.Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall) shows the image of a man, lying on a low platform, apparently dead. Tiny drops of water fall upwards. The droplets gradually become a dramatic ascending waterfall. The man is moved by the power of the water and rises up as if he is ascending to heaven.Fire Woman presents the mysterious silhouet of a woman, standing before a wall of flames. We see her reflection in the surface of the water and the fire in the background. She moves towards the water, falls into her own reflection and disappears beneath the surface.The installations are presented one after the other with a beamer on a special screen, accompanied by Viola’s famous sound, which varies from ambient silence to loud intense noise, such as the raging sea of flames in Fire Woman and the upward-rushing water in Tristan’s Ascension.Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam until April 10.www.nieuwekerk.nl   More >


Nederlands Dans Theater

Nederlands Dans Theater

The programme Symphysis includes Alexander Ekman's strictly synchronised Left Right Left Right and Johan Inger's I New Then with nine dancers and the songs of Van Morrison. There are also new pieces by Edward Clug and Jiri Pokorny.Danstheater, The Hague, March 19, 20, 21 and 22; Stadsschouwburg, Nijmegen, March 26; Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht, March 28; Odeon De Spiegel, Zwolle, March 31; Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, April 4 and 5; Zaantheater, Zaandam, April 7.www.nederlandsdanstheater.nl   More >