The company

As the most long-standing dance company in the Netherlands, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam is at the forefront of Holland’s internationally-renowned dance culture. Since its inception in 1945, Scapino has played a vital role in the development of modern dance and, as well as playing Dutch venues, the group also performs at many international festivals and theatres in Italy, Germany, Finland, France, Spain, America, Portugal, Brazil e.o.

In 1992, the appointment of Ed Wubbe as artistic director brought a fresh vision to the company, and marked the beginning of a new chapter. With the prolific creative output of both Ed Wubbe and the many talented guest choreographers – some home-grown, some international – Scapino has become famous as a trend-setting company and breeding ground for contemporary dance. Thanks to this, and a knack for entertainment, Scapino audiences come from all walks of life.

One of the present-day Scapino’s most important attributes is its much-lauded international group of dancers. The 21 Scapino dancers are celebrated for their accomplishment, technical prowess and feistiness. They come from all over the globe, from England to America and from Australia to China.

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Mischa van Leeuwen & Annemarie Labinjo-van der Meulen

'Songs for Drella' - Marco Goecke & Ed Wubbe

Ed Wubbe on Scapino:

“With our productions we want to touch the audience and show them the magic, power and beauty of dance. We’re constantly looking for authenticity, something you can believe in. We make dance on the cutting edge. Exhilarating dance by passionate artists and virtuoso dancers with something to say.”