These talents will emerge in 2022


Director Ellen Arbo succeeds Ivo Van Hove

its performance the years It was, according to critics, the best theatrical performance of the year. Also devotion Gave five stars. A collective biopic of post-war Western Europe in which five actresses tell the lives of one woman. Eileen Arbaugh, 36, wrote and directed the screenplay.

Shortly before the premiere, the French author of the book won the years, Annie Ernault, also a Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature. So the bull’s-eye. Also Arbo Deals doorAnd the Yerma And the Get rid of Eddie Belligole It certainly did not go unnoticed: special pieces with a high social impact.

Arbo has just joined the artistic management of the International Theater Amsterdam (ITA), the country’s leading theater company, for which she says she has “a lot of love”. She was immediately named as the successor to artistic director Ivo van Hoff. You will focus on replenishing the ensemble of actors, and will assist in defining the repertoire and guest directors.

Comes from the land of fjords, fairy tales and playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906). Arbo grew up in Tromsø, Norway’s Groningen, a university town above the Arctic Circle, where the sun doesn’t rise at all for at least a month. A militant socialist family – a textile artist mother, a sociologist father – where every Saturday there was a demonstration against something.

In Amsterdam she studied directing and met her friend, composer Thijs van Vuure, with whom she works closely. Nice in these #Metoo times: Arbo is someone who loves to work together. She has a great eye for the female perspective, and believes it’s important for everyone to feel good, have an opinion, and see things with humour.

employment Parole I was told earlier this month that they have very different problems in Scandinavia than here. Because she recently ran into an art director in Copenhagen who asked her: Do you know a nice director? Because I don’t know anything. Follow Favorite


Conductor Klaus Mäkelä came, saw, heard and conquered

Klaus McKellaSculpture by Marco Borgrave

Few careers have seen an upward curve as steep as 26-year-old Finnish conductor Klaus Makela. In June of this year, after four years without a principal conductor, the musicians of the Concert-Ghibao Orchestra named him their eighth conductor since the orchestra’s founding in 1888. The choice for him was unanimous, which is rare.

Since Makela holds the same position at the Oslo Philharmonic and Orchestra de Paris until 2027, we have to wait another five years in Amsterdam before he officially starts as president. Until then he is the orchestra’s “artistic partner” and will provide guests with dialogues here as often as possible.

He debuted with the orchestra in September 2020, in the middle of the Corona period. The hall was largely empty. Get out First Symphony From Sibelius, and you know: that’s special. He has since returned often and managed to perform for the first time in front of a full house in August of this year. I’ve done it with Sixth Symphony From Mahler, about that New York times books:The Mahler Six in Amsterdam this summer was a revelation of horror expressed firsthand(His sixth Mahler film in Amsterdam this summer was a revelation of fear, and straight to the point.)

Makela made his debut three weeks earlier with the New York Philharmonic, another major orchestra that wanted him to audition. Two weeks ago he did a new experiment in Amsterdam oboe concerto For complete ballet music by Raskatov and Stravinsky L’oiseau de feu. It was mind-bogglingly good. one more time.

This year also saw Makela’s debut with the prestigious Decca record label. He is exclusively contracted there, and is only the third conductor since Gheorghe Solti and Riccardo Chile. His box set by the Oslo Philharmonic with all of Sibelius’s symphonies immediately won over Edison in Holland. (Peter van der Lint)


Mariken Heitmann won the Liberace Prize for Literature

Statue of Mariken Hetman Judith Gökl

Mariken HitmanSculpture by Judith Jokyll

In the field of literature, it was Mariken Hetman who experienced the greatest breakthrough. with her narration worm moon It won the Libris Literature Prize (€50,000) in May. In this way she made a name for herself with the general public in one fell swoop. The jury noted that her novel was “unparalleled in form, content and mental force”. The book is said to testify to “a great mind, psychological insight, and literary mastery.”

She said Hitman was very surprised by the award, because her book was not “the most popular and not the most popular” on the shortlist. At the same time, the award was considered a great honor. “Particularly because I am not yet very well known and because I gain new readers in this way.”

worm moon It is about seed grower Elke, who wants to return his pea plants to their original version. She herself also wants to be free from her “domestication”, but then on a social level: she refuses to conform to the stereotype of women. Smiling meekly at men? Are you embarrassed by your “lesbian hiking boots”? This is not for Elke.

The second layer of the book is set back nine thousand years. Her contemporaries mistake the hermaphrodite woman Ra for a man. It is also involved in growing pea plants. What we see as “nature,” as Hetman would like it to be, is actually often the result of thousands of years of human intervention. In line with this, the author wonders: Are women by nature modest, caring, and exciting, or is this imposed on them by society?

Heitman is a biologist and horticulturist by training. loves women and is not comfortable in a strict gender role; Prefer to extend the feminine term a bit. Sex also played a role in her first novel water monkey (2019). She’s already been nominated for various awards, and with her second book, Hitman is finally breaking out of her anonymity. (Sander Baker)


The whole of Holland sings along to Flemming’s cheerful songs

Flemming ANP's photo

FlemingANP image

In fact, he can’t dance at all, says Fleming. That’s funny, because it’s in the music video for his song automatically Moves like a pro. “A good choreographer helped me.” The song has been viewed over 6 million times on YouTube and has been streamed nearly 28 million times on Spotify.

This is just a fraction of Flemming’s monster hit amsterdam, which has been listened to nearly 48 million times on Spotify since September last year and watched 11 million times on YouTube. This year the whole Netherlands sang: “I’ll tell you things can be done differently, come with me to the heart of Amsterdam”.

The 26-year-old Freddie Figgurs, as Flemming is truly called, was named after Queen singer Freddie Mercury, of whom his parents were huge fans. Vigurs grew up in Vught and studied at the Academy of Rock at Fontys University of the Arts in Tilburg. He gained experience in major musical productions, such as Rat cesk And the Piece of bread and in the cover band Baby Blue, of which he was a member until last year.

Flemming’s true sound is a mixture of upbeat melodies, dance and rap influences. Also called Dutch Justin Bieber – along with Ed Sheeran and John Mayer, this is one of Flemming’s great examples. But Guus Meeuwis is also an example, because he is also from Brabant and has been around for a long time.

His Dutch songs are mainly about girls and love. Fleming largely writes his own lyrics. Earlier he tried to write in English, but he said he couldn’t express himself well in this language. His debut album was released on November 4 and contains some songs on which he collaborated with Emma Hesters and Ronnie Flex, among others. Follow Favorite

Suze Robertson, Portrait (before 1900).  Right: Suze Robertson, self-portrait circa 1890-1892.  Black chalk on paper.  private group.  Piet Gispen Photography's photo

Suze Robertson, Portrait (before 1900). Right: Suze Robertson, self-portrait circa 1890-1892. Black chalk on paper. private group.Piet Gispen Photography’s photo

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One hundred years later, painter Suze Robertson is experiencing a second boom

They were already there, but not seen. Literal. Dutch women painters have long been hiding in museum warehouses. This year they hang in the gallery, because the dominance of the (white) man also seems to have ended in art and simply because they belong there.

The retrospective was held at Singer Laren The new woman To watch and show Women’s color palette 1900-1950 Travel across the country. Panorama MSDAG focused on one woman: Suze Robertson. Dubbed a radical innovator. In her time – she lived between 1855 and 1922 – she was compared to Breitner and Van Gogh, but then fell into oblivion.

In 1874 Robertson was one of the first women at the Hague Academy of Arts. After her studies she first earned her money as a drawing teacher, but in 1883 she established herself as an independent artist. She often painted “common people”, not men, but women. Peasant women with weathered faces, washing women with hunched backs. She also painted many of the dilapidated houses in the city. I used pictures as an example. So innovative, she also took those photos herself.

Robertson was a friend of Hendrik Willem Mesdag and his wife Sentje, whose work is associated with the Hague School. But her use of color was more intense and a touch coarser. In her time it was seen as an example created by an up-and-coming talent such as Piet Mondrian.

Robertson married the painter Richard Biscopp, but marriage and motherhood did not suit her. Her only child, daughter Sarah, went to foster care when she was four years old. Robertson wanted to paint and achieved success. So why was it forgotten? It really could only be because of her gender. Its work was never seriously studied until a team of specialists began working three years ago. It resulted in a huge exhibition and book.

Thus Robertson saw a breakthrough for the second time. Henceforth belonged to the greats of Dutch painting. (Harman Van Dyke)

Suze Robertson: Dedicated. Quirky. modern. Messaggio Panorama Museum, The Hague until 5 March.

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