Friday 01 July 2022

Graveyard dance performance cancelled after protests

dance cemeteryA controversial dance performance, due to take place in an Alkmaar graveyard, has been cancelled on police advice because of threats.

One widower went to court in an effort to have the performance scrapped because his wife was buried in the cemetery, but judges ruled against him and gave the show the green light.

Nevertheless, the police became involved after publicity material was destroyed and several members of the dance company were verbally threatened.

‘The police cannot guarantee the safety of dancers, public and staff,’ the organisers said in an online statement. ‘Karavaan and Ward/ward regret they are unable to put on the performance and talk about it with the audience afterwards.’

The performance, Q61 Cemetery, was inspired by the death of choreographer Ann Van den Broek’s brother and explores the themes of loss and mourning. It had been scheduled for a four-night run.

A further six shows have also been scheduled for the Orthen cemetery in Den Bosch in August, broadcaster Nos reports.

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