Festive handover Amare

Royal couple at celebratory handover Amare

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima attended the festive handover of Amare on Thursday evening, September 2. During this evening, the municipality of The Hague handed over Amare to all residents: Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), the Residentie Orkest The Hague, the Royal Conservatoire The Hague and Stichting Amare.

The King and Queen Máxima toured the new building. They attended several rehearsals and got a look behind the scenes of the Danstheater. Afterwards they attended the festive program in the Concert Hall. Here the Residentie Orkest played new work under the direction of chief conductor Anja Bihlmaier, composed by students of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. This work was accompanied by a timelapse video of the construction of Amare. In the Concert Hall , Leontien Wiering, the business director of Amare welcomed those present, then the project director of building combination Cadanz Harold van Steeg gave a speech, followed by Alderman Anne Mulder on behalf of the municipality of The Hague and Sven Arne Tepl on behalf of the Residentie Orkest.

In addition to the King and Queen Máxima and their company, fellow citizens from the various districts of The Hague were present as were delegates from the Municipality of The Hague, construction consortium Cadanz, architectural firms NOAHH and JCAU, Nederlands Dans Theater, Royal Conservatoire The Hague, Residentie Orkest and Stichting Amare.

Greeting the Royal Couple in the hall of Amare. Greeting in the hall by Jan Zoet, director Amare, Jan-Hein Reefhuis, project director construction combination Cadanz, and Alderman Anne Mulder. Photo: Sheep Factory
Host Jan Zoet escorts the Royal Couple and entourage through the building at Amare. Photo: Sheep Factory
The Royal Couple and host Jan Zoet, director Amare. Photo: Wouter Vellekoop
Visit to the Conservatory Hall, in the presence of Henk van der Meulen (director Royal Conservatoire The Hague) and the Pelargos Quartet, consisting of students from the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. Photo: Wouter Vellekoop
Sven Arne Tepl ( general and artistic director of residentie Orkest), expresses thanks on behalf of the residents of Amare at the symbolic transfer of Amare from architects, builders and municipality to the culture makers and the city. Photo: Wouter Vellekoop
The Residentie Orkest led by Anja Bihlmaier played a new work by composition students of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague with a timelapse film of the construction of Amare as a thank you to the municipality of The Hague and building combination Cadanz with a background. Photo: Wouter Vellekoop
The Royal couple attend the festive handover at the Concert Hall of Amare. Photo: Wouter Vellekoop
Circus trio Tea Time Company rehearses at Amare Studio, in attendance: Sven Arne Tepl and Miranda van Drie (directors Residentie Orkest) and Geesje Prins (Head programme Amare ). Photo: Sheep Factory