Dutch youth theatre can boast a long and successful tradition on the international stage. This tradition began in the early seventies with theatre texts by makers such as Ad de Bont, which were translated into various languages. Today, companies like Theater Terra, De Stilte, De Dansers Erik Kaiel/Arch8 and the multi-disciplinary dance company ISH routinely visit theatres around the world, while Dutch directors like Inèz Derksen of Het Laagland regularly work for companies abroad.
In 2012, Theater Artemis, Het Filiaal, Lejo and Stella Den Haag (which merged with NTjong) had their own festival on Broadway titled ZOEM! New Dutch Theatre. Theatergroep Max. (now part of Maas) put on the performance Help! (about the Beatles) forty-nine times for sold-out venues across the United States. And Theater Kwatta conquered the hearts of American and Canadian children and their parents with the shows Manxmouse and Love that Dog, which successfully toured North America for several months in the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons.
Dutch makers and companies enjoy working outside the country. For example, choreographer Erik Kaiel produces and stages his performances both in the Netherlands and abroad, while dance company De Dansers has co-produced two productions with Theater Strahl of Berlin. And in the field of international co-productions, De Toneelmakerij for instance collaborates intensively with various companies, theatres and networks from Norway to Gaza and from France to Ukraine.
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