De Dutch Don’t Dance Division’s (DeDDDD) main goal is to create and produce multi-disciplinary dance performances. The dance company is based in The Hague and was founded by Rinus Sprong and Thom Stuart in 1996. In regular theaters, on special locations and various festivals.
Mission and Vision
De Dutch Don’t Dance Division wants to interest a broad and new public for dance and also enlarge the cooperation between professional and non-professional dancers. Education, artistic quality and sense of humor are important elements in their way of working.
Whether you are 5 years or 85 years old, if you have a master degree or not, DeDDDD has something to offer you!
The founders of De Dutch Don’t Dance Division (DeDDDD), Rinus Sprong and Thom Stuart, are creators of theatre by nature. Their individual careers spreads out over more then 28 years of singing, dancing and choreographies, performed and designed for both national as international theatres.
Since 1996 they combined their talent and passion for theater and dance in the DeDDDD foundation and have been collaborating on a wide variety of projects.
DeDDDD have worked together with, among others, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Nederlands Dans Theater The Hague, American Ballet Theatre New York, Korzo Theatre and Spui Theatre The Hague, Matangi Kwartet, Doelen Kwartet and many institutions for professional dance education, musicians, dancers and other artists.
The unorthodox projects and views of Stuart and Sprong are unique in the Dutch theater culture. Mostly they were opposite to what was generally accepted by most Cultural Funds and sponsors. Mixing different types of theater, working with both professional dancers from various ballet companies, non professionals and students was simply ‘not done’.
Sprong and Stuart saw the potential and opportunities of these kind of cross media collaborations. They have had mayor experience with this work method in the USA, where the term “community art” was already well known. The last few years however, one can sense a shift in the approach towards this method.
Through the years, DeDDDD developed a unique profile within the Dutch Dance scene, with a diverse and large public attention.
Since 2009 DeDDDD is officially acknowledged as a dance company in The Hague by the City Council, which consists of a structural financial contribution in the period 2009-2012.
A good recognition, but Stuart and Sprong (and their enthusiastic team) decided not to become “just another” new dance company, but to continue with the approach they had developed over the years.
Due to the structure, their contact with the dance scene in all its different layers, their bonding with (young) dancers, artists and people from all walks of life and different cultures, they will always create inspiring productions.
In 2013, Thom Stuart and Rinus Sprong received the Prijs der Verdienste by the Dansersfonds ’79 from Han Ebbelaar and Alexandra Radius. Merit for their work as ambassadors of dance .
In 2012, The Nutcracker has won an Honorable Mention (2nd place) at the Danspublieksprijs.
In 2011 Rinus Sprong took part in the popular TV show, The Ultimate Dance Battle for RTL 5 and made it to the finals! One year later, in 2012, Thom Stuart also made it to the finals of the TV show.
Since January 1st 2009 DeDDDD is included in the Cultural Plan of the Municipality of The Hague. A great recognition. However, Stuart and Sprong will continue on the same path and never settle for being a "normal" company. Based on their own talents and contacts with (young ) dancers and artists from other disciplines and from all corners of the world they will always produce new and inspiring productions.
In 2008 DeDDDD received the Haagse Cultuurprijs for promoting cultural participation from the then Councillor of Finance and Culture, Jetta Klijnsma.
In 2001, Fortuna 's Follies won De Mus for being the best production of Festival de Parade.
In 1997, Thom Stuart received the VSCD-prijs for his choreography Closet Case and other short stories.