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Strangers on stage

Strangers on Stage: cherish the unfamiliar

Are you open to the unfamiliar? What do you think about someone who looks, thinks or behaves differently? In short: how open is our mienskip (community)? This is the question asked by Strangers on Stage, the international theatre programme for Leeuwarden–Friesland 2018. It will be a year full of shows for fans of international theatre, such as leading international productions like Slava’s SnowShow as well as shows appealing to everyone like the European Stand Up Comedy Festival.

Dare to be different
The productions will be critical and confrontational, enchanting and inspiring. They will be meaningful, bombastic, frivolous and intimate. They will confront their audience with the boundaries to their openness and call on them to both cherish what’s different and dare to be different themselves. And everyone will be in on it. Migrants, explorers, loners, warriors, dreamers and heroes with a secret past: all will appear on stage.

For the first time in the Netherlands, Strangers on Stage will present world-famous touring productions such as Pluto produced by Bunkamura’s Theatre Cocoon (from Japan) together with the Flemish-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi.

Some of these productions will also be enjoying their world premiere in 2018. One of these is the premiere of We Are in Trouble by choreographer Johan Greben of the Israeli-Dutch choreography duo IVGI&GREBEN who will be returning to his home town of Leeuwarden after many years. Other international gems in this rich programme will be Wunderbaum and Aurelien Bory.

Masterclasses and workshops
In addition to performances, the programme will also hold masterclasses and workshops for anyone, from professionals to amateurs, who are interested in theatre.

Strangers on Stage is being organised by the National Dutch Theatre Festival, theatre De Harmonie, and Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018.