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Scapino Ballet Rotterdam – a phenomenon to be experienced, not read about. But now you’re here, we’d like to tell you a little about ourselves.

Scapino lives dance, breathes dance, is dance. But when the company began, it didn’t set out with the aim of creating and performing dance. Scapino was founded in 1945 by Hans Snoek. She (yes, Hans was a woman) dreamt of ‘bringing colour back to the cheeks of children after the war.’ And it’s because of her belief in the power of dance to make that happen, that Scapino came to be. The drive to bring change through dance – to bring joy, life, colour – still moves us today.

75 years

What started as a special performance during a liberation party in 1945 led to a series of performances in January 1946 in the Carré theatre, sponsored by newspaper Het Parool. Scapino Ballet was born.

Take a journey through our timeline and discover our rich history from the very beginning of the company under founders such as Hans Snoek and Nicolaas Wijnberg to the present day.

Visit our timeline

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