Dance on the Cruyff Courts
Dance and sports met on the Cruyff Courts in Maastricht, a project organised by the Dutch Dance Festival and the football association MVV Maastricht in collaboration with Kumulus/Kaleidoscoop.
Dance on the Cruyff Courts has been organised to give people, who wouldn’t ordinarily come in contact with dance, the opportunity to enjoy dance who. The project began with workshops for children from 10 to 13 years old from schools in the neighbourhood. The workshops introduced children to the principles of dance based on what they could do already, like running around and jumping. The workshops were led by the choreographer Erik Kaiel who combines contemporary dance with freerunning and parkour. Kaiel and his dancers then spent a few weeks on the Cruyff Courts with footballers from the MVV Maastricht first eleven. They explored new forms of movement with the children in which dance and football came together. The most talented children received a training session from MVV Maastricht and a series of dance lessons from Kumulus, the centre for art and cultural education in Maastricht.
The project was financially supported by the Cultural Participation Fund and was awarded the Gouden C for the best Fund supported project that, in the terms of the award, ‘you have to experience’.