SPRING Performing Arts Festival Utrecht is an annual festival of 10 days presenting new developments in the international and Dutch contemporary performing arts with a focus on crossover between dance and theatre. The program includes work in public space. SPRING is the a cutting edge performing arts festival, which shows today’s art for today’s people. It is specific, contemporary, international, European and local. SPRING introduces international artists to the Netherlands and Dutch artists to international colleagues. Most performances are presented as premiere or Dutch premiere. SPRING works in several European networks. SPRING is mainly a presenting festival, but it coproduces a select amount of mostly younger artists. SPRING is interested in artists, who take artistic risks, who work on new forms in the field of crossover, who are driven by a need to question the world and who use and think about public space and digital space. SPRING connects artists and the public through an intensive context program: SPRING runs SPRING Academy for students and young artists, SPRING Open Academy for anyone interested in an intensive festival and learning experience and organises talks and meetings for professionals and regular audiences. SPRING is supported by the City of Utrecht, the Province of Utrecht, Dutch Performing Arts, the Cultural Program of the European Union and by private foundations. SPRING co-operates with Media and Culture Studies at University Utrecht, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Het Huis Utrecht, HKU (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht), Centre for Humanities Utrecht and other partners on local, national and international level. SPRING is the result of the merger of the renowned Utrecht based festivals Springdance and Festival a/d Werf, which both have been existing for more than 25 years. The first edition of SPRING was in 2013.
May 19-28, 2016