Marianta presents a sparkling program drawn from the rich traditions of the Netherlands.

Theatrical Musical Program:

'Annular Rings'

History of Annual Festivities in the Low Countries

With a touch of humor and a whiff of theatre the performance takes you right through the seasons, from New Year's Day through to the next New Year's Eve, stopping at all the feasts and festivals on the way.

Amusing anecdotes, background information, songs, tunes and dances breathe new life into bygone days when the seasons dominated life and the people lived from feast to feast.

The songs and dance tunes are performed to the accompaniment of accordeon and recorders, plus some more unusual instruments such as the shawm, crumhorn, hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, hommel (Dutch dulcimer), rumbling pot, klepperklomp (clatter clog) and a tea chest bass called 'Kees'.

The audience joins in the show in many surprising ways!

Marianta can perform this program in Dutch, English and German.

Marianta presents various exciting and irresistable programs:

Beautiful costumes from the Dutch Golden Age can lend a special dimension to these programs.

The musicians:

Marita and Marian studied musicology at the University of Amsterdam and have been working with traditional music and dance of the Netherlands since 1976. They have produced a number of CDs, some of them with descriptions of the dance steps. They can regularly be found performing at international festivals all over the world. December 2005 their book 'Nederlandse Jaarfeesten en hun Liederen' was released, about history, traditions and the songs of the Dutch annual festivities.

The duo Marianta, sometimes joined by other musicians, present a variety of programs and workshops. As well as playing their "Jaarfeesten" shows, they also appear as troubadours at medieval festivities and combine with Rutger Dijkstra and Ad Bos to form the group Kapriol"! With Frank Edam, Louis Stortelder and Hanneke Koek they also form the group Altegaer (see: and with a pool of other artists they play in the group Het Vrijstatig Volkje (see:


Other programs:

There are several recordings on CD available. For performances see gig-list.

For bookings and information please contact:

Marita Kruijswijk and Marian Nesse
Kerkstraat 32
8433 LJ Haulerwijk
Tel. 0516-421 612
Mobile: 06-51222297

Who are Marita and Marian?