ADE Arts & Culture Program Highlights

Electronic music is much more than DJs and artists on stage, and as such, in the past years a growing number of events inspired by dance culture have been a part of ADE’s programming, next to the 2.500 artists performing in over 150 locations across Amsterdam yearly.

By Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Arts & Culture Program 2019 (2019) by GUAPAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Charlotte Krieger X LYZZA (2018) by Charlotte Krieger; LYYZAAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Charlotte Krieger x LYZZA

Visual artist Charlotte Krieger and producer LYZZA were the two selected artists for the Foam X ADE collaboration in 2018. The experimental style of both artists formed the base for this challenging project. 

Charlotte Krieger X LYZZA (2018) by Charlotte Krieger; LYYZAAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Krieger and LYZZA worked together on an audio-visual installation which came to life during a live performance by the two artists at Het Stenen Hoofd, a remarkable no man’s land situated along the IJ river. 

Charlotte Krieger X LYZZA (2018) by Charlotte Krieger; LYYZAAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Polaris (2016) by Nick Verstand; Nikki Hock; Children of the LightAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

POLARIS

POLARIS is a large-scale light installation that animates in accordance with our emotional response to music, and was performed live by Fatima Yamaha, Nick Verstand, Nikki Hock, and Children of the Light at the Stedelijk Museum in 2016. 

Polaris (2016) by Nick Verstand; Nikki Hock; Children of the LightAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

During the 25 minute audiovisual experience, 20 participants participated in a scientific experiment and wore EEG sensors that directly measured their brainwaves. These measurements and readings were translated to algorithms that indicate emotion. They triggered the installation in real-time, so that artist and audience co-create the piece together.

Jeff Mills Artist in Residency (2015) by Jeff MilsAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Jeff Mills artist in resdidency at Rembranthuis Museum

Detroit producer Mills took inspiration from Rembrandts work to compose 3 tracks which premiered at ADE in 2015. The tracks were composed at the Rembrandthuis, the former residence and studio of painter Rembrandt. 

Jeff Mills Artist in Residency (2015) by Jeff MilsAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Before Present (2016) by Dutch National Opera; Lucie Chartin; Ingeborg Bröcheler; Kevin Walton; Sjamsoedin; Anat SpiegelAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Before Present Opera

In Before Present the best of both worlds came together: contemporary opera and electronic dance music.Resulting in an exhilarating performance taking place at Noorderlicht, the ADE festival hub located on the post-industrial NDSM Shipyard site. Before Present was an examination of and reflection on the current times and state, as seen from the future. 

Before Present (2016) by Dutch National Opera; Lucie Chartin; Ingeborg Bröcheler; Kevin Walton; Sjamsoedin; Anat SpiegelAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Producer Sjamsoedin remixed compositions by contemporary composer Anat Spiegel. Stage director Sjaron Minailo led a group of young singers from Dutch National Opera talent, an actor/singer and a live percussioninst in the process of creation.

Before Present (2016) by Dutch National Opera; Lucie Chartin; Ingeborg Bröcheler; Kevin Walton; Sjamsoedin; Anat SpiegelAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

ADE Zen Space (2019) by Circle Of Live: Sebastiaan Mullaert & Johanna Knutsson; Studio Koen StegerAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

ADE Zen Space

Health, physical and mental, has been at the forefront of discussions in the music industry. As artists, audiences and the supporting industry struggle with a enormous amount of impulses, opportunities and impressions, the urge to unwind and reflect increases.

ADE Zen Space (2019) by Circle Of Live: Sebastiaan Mullaert & Johanna Knutsson; Studio Koen StegerAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

In order to facilitate a balanced experience, ADE has brought together artists, designers and performers alike in the Waalse Kerk church to ease the mind.

Terrene (2016) by Heleen BlankenAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Terrene by Heleen Blanken

The installation by Heleen Blanken is a construction depicting the myriad interactions between geological structures and the earth’s atmosphere. In a subtle way, the work re-imagines the friction felt by the changing perception of what we find natural or artificial in our world.

Terrene (2016) by Heleen BlankenAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Terrene contains different layers of natural phenomena that play with this friction. Terrene was presented at ADE in 2016 as the centerpiece of the 17th-century courtyard of the Rembrandthuis Museum, Rembrandt's former home in Amsterdam.

Terrene (2016) by Heleen BlankenAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Jameszoo & Metropole Orkest - Fool (2017) by Jameszoo; Metropole OrkestAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Jameszoo & Metropole Orchestra - Fool

In 2017 ADE opened with ‘Jameszoo & Metropole Orchestra – Fool’, a collaboration between Metropole Orchestra and Jameszoo. Jameszoo is a young member of the DJ scene, striving for development and creativity. In 2016 he released his debut album ‘Fool’. 

Jameszoo & Metropole Orkest - Fool (2017) by Jameszoo; Metropole OrkestAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

ADE Sound Lab Art Program (2016) by Mariska de GrootAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

ADE Sound Lab Art Program

ADE Sound Lab was a multi-day program covering everything about sound, art and technology. The program includes talks by leading artists and engineers, audiovisual art installations, performances, Modular Nights, DIY workshops and gear ready to be played around with.

ADE Sound Lab Art Program - Reflections on Feedback (2016) by NaiviAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

For a few years ADE collaborated with the Creative Industries Fund NL to exhibit a selection of new cutting edge installations that push the edges of sound and vision.

For All Who Love.. (2019) by For All Who Love Foundation; Paradiso; Milkshake Festival; Cakes da Killa; JeanPaul PaulaAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

For All Who Love

In 2019 the For All Who Love Foundation invited the most inspiring queer voices to share their view on queer representation in nightlife. 

For All Who Love.. (2019) by For All Who Love Foundation; Paradiso; Milkshake Festival; Cakes da Killa; JeanPaul PaulaAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

From the importance of drag to the safety of our queer club scene, they wanted to inform and broaden the view on what it means to be queer in today’s nightlife.

Ryoji Ikeda (2018) by Ryoji IkedaAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Ryoij Ikeda

During the ADE edition of 2018, Ryoji Ikeda, visual artist and a key figure in the world of electronic music, created a spectacular presentation specially for the EYE Filmmuseum.

Ryoji Ikeda (2018) by Ryoji IkedaAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

He filled the exhibition gallery with his overwhelmingly immersive audiovisual artworks, which are based on elementary phenomena such as silence, space, time and infinity. Ikeda’s work often depicts the invisible structures and data that shape our lives. 

Body in Revolt (2018) by ICK; Arad Inbar; Bogomir DoringerAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Body in Revolt

Curated by Bogomir Doringer and Arad Inbar, this 1st edition of Body in Revolt in 2018 was focused on club culture as an initiator of changes, as a form of activism, as an artistic expression where dancing is seen as an urgency in times of socio-political crisis.

Body in Revolt (2018) by ICK; Arad Inbar; Bogomir DoringerAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Artists gathered to address such urgency through the moving and inspiring narratives of a diverse panel of guest-speakers. Body in Revolt is a special event organized in collective force with ADE, ICK Amsterdam and Deep Focus.

Sevdaliza Russian Roulette (2018) by SevdalizaAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Sevdaliza art performance

The Iranian-born Dutch avant-garde artist took the stage at ADE 2018 with an art performance that goes beyond music. Sevdaliza gave an intimate and unique art performance, which she created especially for this occasion. She presented her art performance in a for a very select group or visitors at Klaproos Amsterdam. 

Sevdaliza Russian Roulette (2018) by SevdalizaAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Various elements of art, music and dance came together in the performance. Sevdaliza collaborated with choreographer Julie Magneville, keyboardist Leon den Engelsen and artist Esmay Wagemans. 

Emotional Porn - Exhibion of the Self (2018) by Keren Rosenberg; Tony Markus Sacharias; Nicola CavalazziAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Emotional Porn - Exhibition of the Self

Emotional Porn- Exhibition of the Self by Keren Rosenberg, Tony Markus Sacharias & Nicola Cavalazzi is a boundless universe of dance and audiovisual art installation which explores our social obsession in self-exposure through the use of modern technologies. 

Emotional Porn - Exhibion of the Self (2018) by Keren Rosenberg; Tony Markus Sacharias; Nicola CavalazziAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

In this performance the boundaries between dance, video art, design and sound dissolve into an immersive space which welcomes people to connect to themselves through the reflection of the other.

Museum of Modern Instruments (2019) by Arp FriqueAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

MoMI: Museum of Modern Instruments

ADE invited gearhead extraordinaire and artist Arp Frique to curate MoMI in 2019, to celebrate 100 years of electronic instruments. In this pop-up museum you could find some of the most important and recognizable instruments in music history, including a few overlooked classics and a significant rare items.

Museum of Modern Instruments (2019) by Arp FriqueAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

The exhibition offered a tour through the evolution of electronic musical instruments, starting at the theremin. 

Retaining the Energy, but Losing the Image (2019) by Nicolás Jaar; Vincent van BellevalAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Retaining the Energy, but Losing the Image

A new installation by artist Vincent de Belleval and electronic producer Nicolás Jaar was presented for the very first time during ADE, including some exclusive live performances by the duo itself and invited guests. 

Retaining the Energy, but Losing the Image (2019) by Nicolás Jaar; Vincent van BellevalAmsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

Retaining the Energy, but Losing the Image (2019) consisted of ten rotating parabolas: reflectors that capture and emit sound and light. They created an ever-changing environment of interlinked reflections and feedback chains.

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ADE is a platform for dance culture and electronic music since 1996, made possible by thousands of artists, fans and professionals, 200+ venues in Amsterdam. We would like to thank all the artists, promotors, venues, photographers and crew that have made all these highlights and thousands of other events possible over the years. If you want to contribute to ADE please get in touch with the Amsterdam Dance Event Foundation www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl. 

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