"What makes the ID special for me is the openness to other peoples and their culture that you experience here. The dance repertoire is as diverse and colourful as the world itself. Every member of the company is fully committed, and works with heart and soul on the performances we present. I enjoy working with young people: that keeps you in touch with modern developments - which is vital, since we derive the justification for our existence from what is going on in society."
"The biggest challenge is working with the company to plot the new course we are to steer in the coming years. We have built up an enormous amount of know-how over the past fifty years about dance, culture, traditions and rituals, and we are using that now to structure the next phase of our artistic development. It's a new adventure, on which I embark with a great deal of enthusiasm. What attracts me most in the ID's dance repertoire is the way it reflects past and present. I enjoy bringing different ideas and people together, and creating exciting new performances from them."
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‘My father, Jan Rebel, was a ballet master and choreographer at the Scapino Ballet, and my mother, Maria Zeijlmans van Emmichoven, was a dancer with the same company. Their knowledge and love of the theatre inspired me to start my own career in dance – I was with International Danstheater for nearly 18 years. In 1994 I received the Prijs van Verdienste (‘Achievement Award’), an important award in the world of dance. I enjoy the theatre every day of my life.’
"I love watching dancers, and I admire how they use their bodies. I am also training to be a yoga instructor, and I am very interested in all aspects of the human body and its potentialities. I work for other cultural organizations apart from the ID, such as the Amsterdam Roots Festival and the Open-Air Theatre in the Vondel Park. I feel very much at home at the ID, and I am glad to think that my efforts also make a little contribution to the beautiful, moving and challenging performances we put on."
‘I’m very proud to be able to use my experience and enthusiasm to support Internationaal Danstheater in these times in pursuing this new direction. The company has been around for over 50 years now, and there’s such a richness of experience, creativity and ambition here. We’ve got all these wonderful plans, and I really believe ID will be an absolute success with its new artistic direction: international dance with live music from all over the world. It’s always been a new experience each time, and that will not change in the future. I’m also responsible for our fundraising policy, which is something we’d like to focus more on and which we’ll be expanding. I would like to connect more with the Friends of Internationaal Danstheater, and hope that these friends (donors) are just as excited as I am and want to help ID to shine again.’
"Each season is different - new performances, new music and new dance - so life is never dull on the Kloveniersburgwal. And unlike most offices, you can actually see the product. So you always know what you're working for. And the building is very inspiring too: a magnificent, stately edifice. I often think as I walk through the lofty halls that this is the most beautiful building I've ever worked in. I go to all the premieres, with a friend or relative as guest. And I have noticed that my take on the performances differs from that of the person I'm with: I really feel proud to belong to the same team as the dancers up there on the stage!"
"I love the architecture of the Doelenzaal. I've been working here since 1983. My first job was in administration; later I moved to publicity, marketing and acquisition. By 1992 I felt it was time for something new, so I switched to my present job of hiring out space in the Doelenzaal to people who want to put on shows of their own, hold rehearsals etc. But I have other irons in the fire: apart from my job for the ID, I also act as stage manager, rental officer and head of planning & logistics for the Melkweg. I enjoy the challenge set by the new policy of opening the doors of the Doelenzaal and hiring out the building more often!"
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