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Water Locale


Audience Site

De Pier in Scheveningen/Den Haag


The North Sea is a marginal sea of the Atlantic Ocean located in Northwestern Europe. It is more than 970 kilometres (600 mi) long and 580 kilometres (360 mi) wide, with an area of around 750,000 square kilometres (290,000 sq mi) and around 80 million people live around its coastal borders.
The Channel and the southern part of the North Sea, with traffic in both the Europe and North Sea-Atlantic routes, is the world’s busiest seaway carrying over 500 ships per day. It has always been the site of important European shipping lanes as well as a major fishery. The sea is a popular destination for recreation and tourism in bordering countries and more recently has developed into a rich source of energy resources including fossil fuels, wind, and early efforts in wave power.
Due to the dense population, heavy industrialization, and intense use of the sea and area surrounding it, there have been a number of environmental issues affecting the sea’s ecosystems. Environmental concerns — including overfishing, industrial and agricultural runoff, dredging, and dumping, among others — have led to a number of efforts to prevent degradation of the sea while still making use of its economic potential.

The Choreographers

Joan van der Mast, choreographer
Nadia Souirti, assistant choreographer
Yolanda van Welij, assistant choreographer

The Music

Tomo Hashimoto, composer

The Performance

  • Scene 1: The performance started with 30 children dancing on the street with balloons attracting the attention of the audience.
  • Scene 2 Immediately followed up by 6 dancers running with huge pieces of blue cloth, representing the waves and the wind, on top of the pier as a parade.
  • Scene 3: Guiding the attention of the audience towards the back of the pier, where the children danced on top of the First Platform above the sea.
  • Scene 4: The dancers with the cloth are running up the stairway of the bungee jump tower.
  • Scene 5: Three abseilers are gliding down along the sides of the tower.
  • Scene 6: A bungee jumper, with huge Octopus costume with tentacles is flying down the bungee jump tower.
  • Scene 7: At that moment an abseiler is sailing upside-down from the top of the bungee jump towards the deck of the Dancing Parade of Waves
  • Scene 8: 12 adult dancers and 12 children, representing the waves of the sea, danced from the back of the top deck of the pier towards the front deck on top of the pier.
  • Scene 9: 23 Adult dancers danced a ritual connecting water and land, lined up on the beach.
  • Scene 10: 3 abseilers from top of the front deck of the pier danced on the platform in front of the pier.
  • Scene 11: Pallet of Colors. In Pallet of Colors we asked the different participating dance groups from the Hague & Delft to make a small choreography inspired by the theme of water, resulting in 7 different short choreographies. Global Water Dance 
  • Scene 12: All 120 dancers participating in the international GWD choreography.
  • Scene 13: GWD Phrase with audience participation.
  • Scene 14: Spiral of Life: Finishing with a huge Spiral of Life on the beach with more than 200 dancers

Dancers: 120 dancers of different cultural backgrounds, living in The Hague (modern dance, hiphop, modern jazz, Indian dance, jazz)
Designer: Barbara Smeenk
Production: Marjet van Os, Yip Cheung
Public Relations: Annelieke Nagel

How Can I Find Out More?

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Directions to Site Location

From The Hague Central Station you can reach the Steigenberger Kurhaus Hotel The Hague by taking tram no. 9 to Scheveningen/Kurhaus.
From Station “The Hague Hollands Spoor” travel with tram no. 1 to Scheveningen/Kurhaus.
Both train stations have a direct connection with the International Amsterdam SchipholAirport.
Car: Input GPS: Gevers Deynootplein 30, 2586 CK The Hague. Parking available: Valet Parking, Q Park.
Flight: From Amsterdam Airport take the train to the The Hague (Den Haag Centraal) main station.

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