Project Get Lost
For the fourth time, curator Frie Leysen presents a series of four exceptional theatre and dance performances from regions with theatrical traditions Dutch audiences are not or hardly familiar with. Performances in which personal stories are brought to life that are strongly rooted in their country of origin, but the realistic emotions of which we all recognise.
The programme can be seen in 2016 in various cities in the Netherlands as well as in Bruges, Belgium. This season’s programming of ‘Get Lost’ is once again in the hands of Frie Leysen, the ‘grande dame’ behind high-profile festivals such as the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Foreign Affairs at the Berliner Festspiele in Berlin and the Wiener Festwochen in Vienna. Leysen is known as Europe’s most important ambassador of international theatre. ‘It’s simple. If you keep the windows and doors closed, your house will start to smell. That’s why you need to let the wind blow through,’ Frie Leysen explains. ‘I’ve looked for contemporary theatre with a powerful artistic idiom, a palpable urgency and a social perspective,
performances that also remain relevant in a European theatre context.’
Recently Frie Leysen has been awarded the Erasmus Prize. The award ceremony took place in November 2014 at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.
In the side programme, entitled Zaaigoed (‘Seed Stock’), theatre makers from Africa, Asia and Latin
America will engage in dialogue and go to work with Dutch colleagues. They will exchange artistic
views and thereby expand their network.
This programme is an initiative of the Performing Arts Fund NL, DOEN Foundation, Hivos and the Prince Claus Fund and is co-sponsored by the VSB Fund and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts.