THE CHARITY EVENT

A unique evening of dance organized, choreographed and performed by the dancers of Nederlands Dans Theater.

Switch gives the dancers of NDT an opportunity to be more than dancers, a chance to explore new facets and channels of their individual creativity and expression.

What does it mean to create? How can I communicate through this art form? What are the boundaries of dance? Does dance even have boundaries? Switch awakens awareness and sensitivity, it develops innovative minds and gives birth to a new generation of choreographers.

But there is so much more to it than dance.

Besides Switch being a platform for choreographers, it also opens up the doors to complete new pathways. Each year, a group of dancers form a production team. They are the driving force of Switch and are in complete control from A to Z: from marketing, sponsoring and ticket sales to budgeting, scheduling and managing a full production team. Without any experience, they dive into this exciting challenge and learn as they go. Not only do they get to collaborate and meet with different people, they also get to experience all that goes into making an event.

IMPACT.

Besides Switch having a great impact on the dancers, Switch gives back to the world. Every year, the dancers choose a charity. The entire revenue of the event will be donated to the charity of choice. Each year Switch has donated up to €35000 for charity, making a big impact on communities and environments. Read more about our charities and how we have made an impact

Why.

The reason

17 new choreographies, created and executed by the dancers of Nederlands Dans Theater, in benefit of ‘Plastic Soup Foundation’

The oceans constitute 72% of the earth’s surface and are our primary oxygen suppliers. They are the primary source of food for more than half the world’s population. But because plastic is not biodegradable, the plastic soup is lethal for many marine animals.

When plastic degrades and fragments into small pieces, it can release toxic substances. All sorts of animals that live in or from the sea, even minute zooplankton, mistake plastic and microplastics for food. These toxic substances then enter our food chain. On top of this, en route to the sea, plastic fragments absorb all kinds of toxic substances from the sewers and polluted areas that they pass through. They become toxic bombs. These substances are released in the bodies of the organisms that eat the plastic.

The plastic pollution of the seawater can also seriously damage our health. Most of the pollution by far comes from land. At least 80% of the plastic rubbish in the oceans are dumped by industry and by people on land. It is carried to sea by rivers, canals, harbours and the wind. On top of this, shipping, fisheries and the off-shore industry are important contributors to pollution, though compared to the land sources, this is ‘only’ 20%.

Learn more about the plastic soup and how we fight against the biggest environmental crisis of our time on https://www.plasticsoupfoundation.org/en

How.

The impact

2019: LGBTQ Asylum Support.

LGBT Asylum Support is a Dutch NGO (Non-Governmental Organization). They support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) asylum seekers in the Netherlands. They are a link between LGBT refugees and other Dutch organizations to help asylum seekers.

2018: Instituto Terra.

Founded in April 1998, the Instituto Terra is a community non-profit non-governmental organization that operates in the entire territory of the Valley of the River Doce between the states of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo. The institute has defined its objectives as restoration of the ecosystem, production of Atlantic Forest seedlings, environmental outreach programs, environmental education and applied scientific research.

2017: The WakaWaka Foundation

The WakaWaka Foundation is an international NGO based in the Netherlands. They provide people in off-grid areas in low income countries with safe, sustainable, and renewable power and light solutions. Their goal is to make solar solutions available to families who live in extreme poverty, in remote regions, or who are forced to leave their homes because of war, natural disaster or other reasons.

When

17 January

19:30

18 January

19:30

Where

Lucent Dans Theater

The Switch’20 charity event will be hosted at our own house: Lucent Dans Theater. This is special since most of our beloved Lucent has already been broken down, making space for the new Amare center. The auditorium of Lucent has been broken down, so we will be creating an intimate 360 audience right on the stage area, inviting the public to experience the new creations up close. The main studio will be transformed into a warm and welcoming foyer, with live music, merchandise stands and bites. Besides the festivities in studio 1, you can visit our art gallery, located in the dancers canteen space.

Collaborate/Donate

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