Vincent Delaney's play is a comic look at the terminal un- and under-employed. Peter Hubbard and Daniela Spataru play serial job-seekers Louella and Orson and some of the bosses and co-workers they encounter during their misadventures in the job market.
Perdu, Amsterdam, June 8 and 9 (matinee).
This Dutch artist, internationally feted for his walk-in installations in which he examines the behaviour of people in a group, has his first exhibition in his home country since 2000.
Mik has been given a free hand in the basement of Amsterdam's modern art museum to recreate his most important works since 1999, all of which feature video film and architectural elements to transform a familiar space into one that surprises and provokes.
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam until August 25.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra revives an old tradition. From 1922, each season was closed with a Beethoven series, but the tradition gradually fell out of favour and disappeared altogether in 1978.
This season and the beginning of next, it is back with all Beethoven's symphonies being performed, conducted by Iván Fischer.
3rd and 4th - May 31.
All at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
De Parade consists of a large number of colourful tents which travel the four main cities. Most of the tents offer performances of music, theatre, dance, opera and mime, while others are restaurants or cafes. Whatever the weather, the circus-like atmosphere is a real treat.
And with performances taking between three and forty minutes, it's easy to fit in several each evening. Many are in Dutch, but there are also shows in English or without words.
Museumpark, Rotterdam, June 20 to 30; Westbroekpark, The Hague, July 5 to 14; Moreelsepark, Utrecht, July 19 to August 4; Martin Luther Kingpark, Amsterdam, August 9 to 25.
Enrico Pieranunzi New European Trio
One of the world's best jazz pianists plays his own compositions which are rooted in American jazz, Debussy's impressionism and the film music of his fellow Italians Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota. His trio features two Dutch musicians: bassist Jasper Somsen and drummer Pieter Bast.
Bimhuis, Amsterdam, May 23.
Backed by a 10-piece band, the singer-songwriter of such hits as Nothing Rhymed, Matrimony and Alone Again performs songs old and new.
Theater Carré, Amsterdam, June 18.
The annual cultural festival kicks off with Quartett, Luca Francesconi's opera based on Les Liaisons Dangereuse by Heiner Müller. It is perfomed by the Teatro Alla Scala.
Other highlights include Desdemona, written by Toni Morrison following a conversation about Othello with Peter Sellars. The Malian singer Rokia Traoré sings Desdemona, giving her her own voice.
Also on the programme are a radical confrontation with extreme forces in music, dance and light in Shirokuro, a performance of Wagner's The Mastersingers of Nuremburg during a picknick in a park, and big band music theatre with animation and live painting in Brooklyn Babylon.
Various locations, Amsterdam, June 1 to 26.
The man best known for his role in the long-running American tv series House, is also a blues singer. He also plays piano and guitar. He will be singing numbers from his two albums, Let Them Talk and Didn't It Rain.
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, June 10.
International Sculpture Route
ArtZuid is the annual international outdoor sculpture exhibition. The selected works are erected along the wide and leafy avenues of the south of Amsterdam, an area planned by the architect HP Berlage nearly one hundred years ago.
This year's invited artists include many non-Westerners such as Ai WeiWei, El Anutsui and Romuald Hazoumé, as well as Westerners ranging from Frank Stella to John Chamberlain.
Apollolaan and other streets, Amsterdam, May 22 until September 22.
Jasper Blom Quartet & Marco Tamburini
One of the finest Dutch jazz bands of the past five years plays compositions by band leader and saxophone player Jasper Blom and energetic improvisations. Special guest is the remarkably versatile trumpet player Marco Tamburini.
Bimhuis, Amsterdam, May 22; De Doelen, Rotterdam, May 24.
The annual national fair for modern and contemporary art attracts round 70 top quality galleries who reflect the diversity and pluralism of Dutch art.
RAI, Amsterdam, May 5 to 20.
The American food writer argues that relying on processed food products breaks the primal connection between humans and the fire, water, plants and animals that are necessary in cooking properly. In his new book, Cooked, he says the cook connects his or her family to the earth. He talks about his apprenticeship to a grill master, a baker and others in order to penetrate the simple mysteries of this everyday ritual.
Amsterdam University, Amsterdam, June 3.
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Bach's Art of Fugue, Britten's Les illuminations and Mozart's Requiem are performed with the Netherlands Chamber Choir conducted by Richard Egarr and soloists Lisa Larsson, Helena Rasker, Fabio Trumpy and Stephen MacLeod. The orchestra is conducted by Gordan Nikolic.
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, May 25 and 27.
Verdi's tragic opera based on Alexandre Dumas' La dame aux camélias, La Traviata, is directed by Willy Decker, with sets and costumes by Wolfgang Gussmann. Marina Poplavskaya and Joyce el Khoury share the title role.
Muziektheater, Amsterdam, May 17, 20 (matinee), 23, 26 (matinee), 29 and 31.
Open Air Theatre
The open air theatre in Amsterdam's Vondel park presents a packed programme featuring pop and classical music concerts, dance ranging from ballet to the Lindy Hop and children's theatre. Among those appearing this summer are the Nederlands Dans Theater and popular pop group Moke.
Vondelpark, Amsterdam, June 2 to August 25.
On April 30, Queen Beatrix abdicates in favour of her eldest son Willem-Alexander. To mark the occasion, 145 photos from photo agency ANP are on display. They mark her 75th birthday (last January) and her 33 years on the throne.
Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam until May 25.
The singer, pianist and songwriter from Chicago fills her lyrics with deep passions and her piano playing with original twists. Her songs are like short stories and Time Magazine calls her a cross between Diana Krall and Susan Sontag.
Bimhuis, Amsterdam, May 20.
Peter The Great: An Inspired Tsar
The Netherlands and Russia are currently celebrating 400 years of their special relationship which began when Tsar Peter I (1672-1725) made two visits to Amsterdam.
Peter The Great was a forward-looking and inquisitive man who opened up Russia to the rest of the world. He visited Amsterdam and Zaandam to learn more about ship building, anatomy, medicine and printing. The exhibition includes the axe, saw and chisel he used while in the country.
Among the other 350 objects on display are the first Rembrandt he bought (for ƒ80), his mobile toilet pot and his stuffed dog Liza.
Hermitage, Amsterdam until September 13.
In 1995, Pixar Studios released their first film, Toy Story. It marked a breakthrough in computer animation and storytelling. Since then the studio has released some of the world's favourite films, including Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Wall-E and Up.
Computer animation sounds as if it is solely concerned with technology. However, it produces a wealth of preparatory material that is sculpted, painted and drawn.
This exhibition contains over 500 pieces from the Pixar archive, ranging from charcoal and pencil drawings for Finding Nemo and two dozen sculptures developing the character of Sullivan in Monsters Inc, to the evolution of the fashion designer in The Incredibles.
Amsterdam EXPO, Amsterdam, May 30 to October 27.
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
The Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel conducts Esteban Benzecry's Illapa, named for the Inca god of thunder and lightning and suitably wild. The mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn is the soloist for Peter Liberson's Neruda Songs, based on poems by the Chilian Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda.
Dvorák's symphony nr 9, From the New World, will also be performed.
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, June 5, 6, 7 and 8 (matinee).
Soo Cho Jass United
The Korean born pianist moved to the Netherlands when she discovered jazz where she studied this music. She performs numbers from her new album, Pandora, with her new band, Jass United, and special guest saxophonist Javier Girotto.
Bimhuis, Amsterdam, May 30.
Check out the latest tattoo designs and techniques, and admire the tattoos on display in the various competitions.
RAI, Amsterdam, May 31 to June 2.
The 7 Deadly Dutch Sins
Boom Chicago's new production takes a look at six sins the Dutch go in for and name the seventh, suggested by their online audience. It takes place in their new home on the Rozengracht in Amsterdam, it involves ten creative people, seven rooms, four floors and three comedians.
Boom Chicago, Amsterdam, from May 21 on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday until further notice.
Helen Mirren revisits the role of Queen Elizabeth, which brought her an Oscar in the film The Queen, but this time on stage. She plays the monarch at various ages in this play by Peter Morgan which imagines the conversations between Elizabeth and her prime minister at their weekly meetings. Elizabeth has lived through 12 prime ministers so far. Not all of them appear in the play. Among those that do are Winston Churchill, John Major and Margaret Thatcher.
Pathé Cinema, Amsterdam and The Hague, June 13.
The Bad Plus
Pianist Ethan Iverson, bass player Reid Anderson and drummer David King believe musical rules are there to be broken. They play their own compositions and their version of artists ranging from Blondie and Nirvana to Stravinsky in their inimitable hyper-energetic style.
Bimhuis, Amsterdam, May 28.
The Dwarfing of Europe?
Two days of discussion about Europe's position in the changing global environment. Renowned speakers from Brazil, India and China will discuss renewed visions of Europe and explore and debate the social-cultural developments of the shifting powers.
De Balie, Amsterdam, May 22 and 23.
The Golden Age
The 17th century was the Golden Age in the Netherlands when everything flourished, from trade and economic growth to science and the arts. It was also when the Amsterdam canals were constructed. Of course, it also had its darker side of slavery and war.
The story of the Golden Age is told with cutting-edge new media and world class historic pieces, such as Melchior d' Hondecoeter's illustration of the new urban extension of Amsterdam in 1613. There is a forgotten chest full of 17th century letters, the death mask of a Dutch general and pieces by Rembrandt, Jan de Bray, Pieter de Hooch and Maerten de Vos.
Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam until August 31.
Van Gogh At Work
The Van Gogh Museum reopens following renovation work with an exhibition that brings together many of the artist's outstanding works to mark the conclusion of eight years' research into his methods and the 160th anniversary of his birth.
Over 200 paintings, works on paper, sketchbooks and letters, together with 19th century painting materials and artists' manuals, offer an insight into the creation process behind Van Gogh's paintings and drawings.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam until January 12 2014.
World Press Photo
Pride of place goes to Swedish photographer Paul Hansen's winning photo of a group of men carrying the bodies of two young children in Gaza City. Elsewhere there are winners from various categories such as Fausto Podavini's shot of an old Italian woman caring for her demented husband, and Wei Seng Chen's photo of a competitor in a bullock race in Indonesia.
Oude Kerk, Amsterdam until June 23.
The prodigiously talented 26-year-old Chinese pianist plays works by Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Ravel.
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, May 26.
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