Wuersten and Molnar will continue to work to get the greatest, most sensational, and most striking dance productions to The Hague, also outside the parameters of the festival. Together with Amare director Jan Zoet, they recently founded FIND, a new promotion fund for international dance, of which the program council consists of Molnar, Wuersten, and – on behalf of Amare – managing director Leontien Wiering and head of programming Geesje Prins.
As such, the three organizations are following in the footsteps of the guest programming department of Het Muziektheater Amsterdam, who brought the biggest, most important international companies to the Netherlands from their opening in 1986 until the 2009/2010 season. Wuersten: “One of the problems Het Muziektheater faced, apart from a lack of funds, was that De Nationale Opera and Het Nationale Ballet needed the stage for themselves most days, for rehearsals and performances. In that respect, our chances are better: Amare has plenty of space for extra programming. Now it’s time to get the ball rolling.” Molnar: “Our aim is to bring four or five big productions to The Hague every season.”
Molnar and Wuersten each have their own wish lists for that, and they turned out to match pretty well. Wuersten: “Unlike they did in the guest programming department, we don’t go for specific companies as such, but instead we choose special productions. An exception to that rule is Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s famous Rosas from Brussels, who we’ve invited for May 2022, but there’s a good reason for that: the group has never performed in The Hague before.”
Molnar: “In any event, we’re focusing on companies who have their own spectrum or approach, like – apart from Rosas – the Flemish Peeping Tom, for example, or the French choreographer Yann Bourgeois. Apart from that, we mostly want to offer additional programming, we’re looking closely at what Amsterdam is already offering, for example. One of the genres we’re particularly interested in, is the multidisciplinary production; there’s so much going on in the world right now.”