A lone babe on the ice. It’s been all about skating this past week, with temperatures well below zero and the canals still frozen over. I spotted this video and this roundup of skating-related photographs. Unfortunately, the winter has gone and we have to prepare ourselves for spring! Coming up in Amsterdam this week…
- Ha, this is a fun take on a 5 hour layover in Amsterdam by Steve Korver of Hemisphere Inflight Magazine. Click here for more cities in his ‘Whirlwind‘ series.
- Starting today, Wednesday 15 Feb, the Dutch National Ballet will be performing Present/s which include nine world premières divided over two programmes for its 50th season. Present/s 1 consists of new work by Ted Brandsen, Hans van Manen, Krzysztof Pastor, Christopher Wheeldon and Juanjo Arqués. Present/s 2 consists of new work by David Dawson, Lightfoot/Leon, Ton Simons and Alexei Ratmansky. And students can purchase tickets for € 15 (De Nederlandse Opera) or € 10 (the Dutch National Ballet and The Amsterdam Music Theatre) for performances that are not sold out.
- On Thursday 16 Feb at 8pm, Dan Geesin will be holding a lecture at De Ateliers (Stadhouderskade 86) as part of the Temporary Stedelijk 3: Stedelijk @ program. More about Dan Geesin here.
- The 11th edition of the Something Raw Festival will take place until Saturday 18 Feb at the Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond (Nes 45) and Theater Frascati (Nes 63). This festival celebrates “young choreographers [that are[ making waves on the dance scene” and “offer[s] a week of complete immersion in dance and performance of the highest quality… By transcending reality, art can open up new perspectives on far-off horizons.” Should be interesting.
- The first ever Helemaal Melkweg will be held at Melkweg (Lijnbaansgracht 234a) on Saturday 18 Feb. All rooms in the building will be open – expect dance, performance, film, literature readings and music in the concert halls, the cinema and theater rooms. There will also be expositions in the Galerie and the Mediaroom and plenty of drinks and snacks to keep you going throughout the night. Starts at 7pm and costs 10 euros.
- On Sunday 19 Feb, Rialto (Ceintuurbaan 338) will be screening the classic Woody Allen film, ‘Hannah and Her Sisters‘ at 11am for 10 euros. And on Tuesday 21 Feb, Rialto (Ceintuurbaan 338) will be screening the documentary ‘!Women’s Art Revolution‘ at 7.30pm. It’s a film by Lynn Hershman Leeson about how the Feminist Art Movement transformed the art and culture of our times.
- Did you know that there are FREE lunch concerts in the foyer of the Muziektheater or ‘Amsterdam Music Theater’ (Amstel 3) every Tuesday from 12.30-1pm?
- Don’t forget, during the month of February, Melkweg (Lijnbaansgracht 234) will be screening the ‘Best of 2011 by Cinema.nl,‘ the so-called ‘best films of 2011′ (as chosen by the editors of Cinema.nl). Check the website for a full list of screenings.