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Events in Art and Archaeology

Henri Gervex: <EM>Rolla</EM>, 1878Oil on canva.Photo: Patrice Schmidt©RMN/MUSÉE D’ORSAY
Henri Gervex: Rolla, 1878
Oil on canva.
Photo: Patrice Schmidt
Easy Virtue
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS  •  Van Gogh Museum  •  19 February - 19 June 2016

The first major show on the subject of prostitution, this exhibition attempts to retrace the way French and foreign artists, fascinated by the people and places involved in prostitution, have constantly sought to find new pictorial resources for depicting the realities and fantasies it implied.

From Manet's Olympia to Degas's Absinthe, from Toulouse-Lautrec and Munch's forays into brothels to the bold figures of Vlaminck, Van Dongen or Picasso, the exhibition focuses on showing the central place held by this shady world in the development of modern painting. The topic is also covered with regard to its social and cultural dimensions through Salon painting, sculpture, decorative arts décoratifs and photography. A wealth of documentary material recalls the ambivalent status of prostitutes, from the splendour of the demi-mondaine to the misery of the pierreuse (street walker).

Easy Virtue is a collaboration between the Musée d’Orsay and the Van Gogh Museum. The exhibition Splendour and Misery. Pictures of Prostitution, 1850-1910 was on view in Musée d'Orsay last autumn.

Van Gogh Museum Website

Contact: Van Gogh Museum
Museumplein 6
Tel: (33) 1 40 49 48 14

Events in Classical Music

The Creation: By Joseph Haydn
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS  •  Nationale Opera & Ballet  •  13 - 14 June 2016

Joseph Haydn: The Creation
Libretto: Gottfried van Swieten

René Jacobs, conductor
Film: Julian Rosefeldt
Dramaturgy: Tobias Staab
Music dramaturgy: Jan Vandenhouwe

Sunhae Im (soprano)
Thomas Walker (tenor)
Johannes Weisser (bass-baritone)
B'Rock Orchestra
Collegium Vocale Gent

Holland Festival 2016 Website

Detailed schedule information:


Nationale Opera & Ballet
Amstel 3
1011 PN Amsterdam

Tel: (31) 20 625 54 55

Events in Opera

<EM>Pique dame (Queen of spades)</EM>
Pique dame (Queen of spades)
Pique dame (Queen of spades): By Pyotr Tchaikovsky
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS  •  Nationale Opera & Ballet  •  9 June - 3 July 2016

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Pique dame (Queen of spades)

Mariss Jansons, conductor

Stage direction: Stefan Herheim
Decor and costumes: Philipp Fürhofer
Dramaturgy: Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach
Light: Bernd Purkrabek
Chorus: Koor van De Nationale Opera


Misha Didyk: Herman
Alexey Markov: Count Tomski/Plutus
Vladimir Stoyanov: Prince Jeletski
Andrei Popov: Tsjekalinski
Andrei Goniukov: Soerin
Mikhail Makarov: Tsjaplinski
Anatoly Sivko: Naroemov
Morschi Franz: Master of Ceremonies
Larissa Diadkova; Countess
Svetlana Ignatovich: Lisa
Anna Goryachova: Polina/Dachnis
Maria Fiselier: Masja
Pelageya Kurennaya: Chloë
Olga Savova: Governess

Holland Festival 2016 Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Nationale Opera & Ballet
Amstel 3
1011 PN Amsterdam
Tel: (31) 020 625 54 55

<EM>The Corridor &amp; The Cure</EM>
The Corridor & The Cure
The Corridor & The Cure: By Harrison Birtwistle
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS  •  Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ  •  9 - 10 June 2016

Commissioned by London's Royal Opera House and the Aldeburgh Festival, composer Harrison Birtwistle and writer David Harsent's new chamber opera The Cure tells the story of Medea, the witch who restores her father-in-law Aeson's youth with some powerful magic.

The Cure has been written as the counterpart to The Corridor, which focuses on the fatal moment of Orpheus' backward glance at Eurydice. Each performed on the same set and under the same direction, these two pieces of music theatre are inextricably intertwined by their radical interpretation of two Greek resurrection myths. Performed by soprano Elizabeth Atherton and tenor Mark Padmore,

Holland Festival 2016 Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Piet Heinkade 1
1019 BR Amsterdam
Tel: (31) 020 78 82 000

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

The Encounter
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS  •  Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam  •  9 - 12 June 2016

The Encounter
In English, without surtitles

In The Encounter, the British writer, actor and director Simon McBurney has based his story on Petru Popescu’s non-fiction bestseller Amazon Beaming, about the American photographer Loren McIntyre who, in 1969, went in search of the mysterious Mayoruna tribe in the Amazon rain­forest. After Complicite’s spectacular multimedia staging of The Master and Margarita in 2012, McBurney has created another imaginative narrative form, using innovative sound technology and headphones for the audience.

Holland Festival 2016 Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
Leidseplein 26
1017 PT Amsterdam
Tel: (31) 20 52 37 787

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