Slow Dancing in The Hague

From 25 August until 11 September 2011, the American artist David Michalek’s large scale portraits of renowned dancers are projected onto super-sized screens at Spui, in the city centre of The Hague. The super slow-motion videos, shot with a high-speed camera recording at 1,000 frames per second, reveal the muscular tension and precision of a dancer’s body in action. Three portraits are shown side-by-side, randomly selected for 10-minute each cycle, allowing viewers to simultaneously compare dancers from different styles and cultures in meticulous detail.

In addition to 40 portraits of international dancers, Holland Dance has commissioned three portraits of Dutch dance talent: Sabine Kupferberg (formerly affiliated with the Netherlands Dance Theatre), Stijn Hoogendoorn (a young dancer sometimes referred to as the Dutch Billy Elliot), and Besim Hoti (who was nominated for a VSCD-dance award, in 2009).


By exhibiting the work on large urban screens, the city of The Hague wants to festively open the new dance season.