Current performances

Currently Danstheater Aya is performing DOUBLE BLOOD (12+) and WILD 6+ both by choreographer Wies Bloemen. Check our agenda for all upcoming shows.


After a journey of 4,125 km, Ali arrives in the ‘free’ Netherlands. Here, there is no war, no disappearances, no fear when you go to sleep, no fear when you wake up in the morning. Here, they are free. And welcoming?

In Double Blood #2, dancer and performer Ali Zanad shows what it is like to leave your country of birth. A journey of necessity, marked by pain and loss. As Iraqi refugee, he arrives in the Netherlands. From Baghdad to Brabant. The customs and traditions of home are so different. This grates, causes friction, and produces comical situations. During the performance we get to know Ali and Iraq better. Because what do the Dutch actually know about the 'cradle of civilization' and why is there so much war there? Singer Karima el Fillali questions, counteracts and frames Zanad’s story with Arabic and Western songs. A story about running away and coming home, building your life in a strange land and all the trials and tribulations that come along with this.

Double Blood #2 is a journey of discovery in which borderless dance and music have no need for a passport.

Concept and direction: Wies Bloemen | Choreography: Wies Bloemen in collaboration with Ali Zanad | Dance, performance and vocals: Ali Zanad and Karima el Fillali | Costumes: Isis Vaandrager | Decor and light design: Erik van Raalte | Dramaturgy: Flora Verbrugge | Artistic assistant: Anne Suurendonk | Light & Sound: Yannick Bruine de Bruin



Young girls are brimming with boisterous energy. And that is what we are going to celebrate! Because white socks are there to get dirty. By the way, are you allowed to explode as a girl?

Wild is an infectious and anarchic dance theatre performance. Three dancers share the stage with Maat saxophone quartet and throw the gender expectations overboard. All the notions of how to behave as a girl creep in at a very early age. These dancers don’t care. There’s nothing neat, quiet and modest about them. They choose to be wild, fierce and inappropriate. Their attempts to do the 'steps' in a structured and orderly way fail miserably. It’s not what they want to do, and so they choose their own path. Looking for the best way to discover themselves and the world. And no one can stop them.

The music for ‘Wild’ is written by composer Kaveh Vares and is performed live by the saxophonists of Maat saxophone quartet. Besides the performance for 8+, there will also be an adapted version performed for an adult audience.

Dance Theatre AYA & Maat Saxophone Quartet
Concept and choreography: Wies Bloemen | Music composition: Kaveh Vares | Dance: Catarina Araújo de Paiva Rodrigues, Isabelle Nelson, Kanoko Takeuchi | Live music: Daniel Ferreira (soprano saxophone), Catarina Gomes (alto saxophone), Pedro Silva (tenor saxophone), Mafalda Oliveira (baritone saxophone)

Performance period February – mid April 2022