Made in Amsterdam Juanjo Arques | Ton Simons | Ernst Meisner | Hans van Manen | Christopher Wheeldon | David Dawson | Alexei Ratmansky | Krzysztof Pastor
An unparalleled ballet relay
Proud of the fact that the New York Times regards it as one of the five most important and innovative ballet companies, Dutch National Ballet is presenting Made in Amsterdam 1 & 2.
Made in Amsterdam consists of recent works choreographed especially for the company, supplemented by no fewer than three world premieres. The two programmes will be danced alternately.
Made in Amsterdam 1 comprises highlights by Hans van Manen and Ton Simons. Frank Bridge Variations is now danced by companies all over the world and Romance was awarded a ‘Zwaan’ for the Most Impressive Dance Production. There are also two new creations in Made in Amsterdam 1, by Juanjo Arques and Ernst Meisner, two young makers who have conclusively proved their talent in recent years. They both developed as choreographers during their dancing career.
In Made in Amsterdam 2, Dutch National Ballet is presenting works made especially for the company by Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon and Krzysztof Pastor – choreographers who are internationally regarded as among the most sought-after and successful ballet makers today. The programme also comprises a very special world premiere, inspired by the well-known fairytale Le Petit Prince. This will be created by associate artist David Dawson who, like the other three choreographers on the programme, is continually giving important new impulses to classical ballet.
Made in Amsterdam 1
11, 19, 21 and 24 February and 2 and 4 March
Homo Ludens - Juanjo Arques
Music: Marc-André Dalbavie - Flute Concerto
Arques, who comes from Spain, has built up a thriving international career in choreography since leaving his position as a dancer with Dutch National Ballet in 2012. Recently, his ballet Minos was nominated for two Golden Masks, the most prestigious theatre award in Russia. He creates a new work, titled Homo Ludens, for Made in Amsterdam.
Romance - Ton Simons
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – middle movement of Piano Concerto no. 20 in D minor (K.466)
In the beautiful Romance, the pure dance of Ton Simons is framed by quiet video portraits by the renowned photographer Rineke Dijkstra. The triptych they created was an intimate and sensitive highlight of the 2014 programme Dutch Doubles. Simons took the middle movement of Mozart’s ‘very personal’ Piano Concerto no. 20 as the inspiration for his choreography. Dijkstra’s main aim was to capture the intense concentration and exhaustion of the dancers.
In Transit - Ernst Meisner
Music: Joey Roukens
Ernst Meisner is also creating a new work for Made in Amsterdam. Meisner made his first works for The Royal Ballet in London, where he danced from 2000 to 2010. On returning to the Netherlands, alongside his dancing career with Dutch National Ballet, he created various successful works, including The Dutch National Canta Ballet and the children’s production The little big chest. Since 2013, Meisner has been the artistic coordinator of Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company.
Frank Bridge Variations - Hans van Manen
Music: Benjamin Britten – Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
Frank Bridge Variations was the first work that Hans van Manen created on his return to Dutch National Ballet in 2005, and it was a ‘direct hit’, according to the press. Nine contrasting miniatures – from sharp to flowing, and from passionate to melancholic – together form a unity that is as natural as it is amazing
Dancers Made in Amsterdam 1
The castlist is always subject to change!
Th 2 and Sa 4 March 20.15
5 women 6 men
Young Gyu Choi
Suzanna Kaic Vito Mazzeo
Michaela DePrince James Stout
Nadia Yanowsky Jared Wright
Aya Okumura Clemens Fröhlich
Floor Eimers Nathan Brhane
Igone de Jongh
Riho Sakamoto Daniel Montero Real
Nancy Burer Sem Sjouke
Yuanyuan Zhang Martin ten Kortenaar
Laura Rosillo Cristiano Principato
Emilie Tassinari Joseph Massarelli
Pascalle Paerel Daniel Silva
Antonina Tchirpanlieva Giovanni Princic
Nadine Drouin Anatole Babenko
Jingjing Mao Skyler Martin
2 March Jingjing Mao - Anatole Babenko
4 March Erica Horwood - Matthew Pawlicki-Sinclair
Frank Bridge Variations
Wen Ting Guan - Jozef Varga
Suzanna Kaic - Young Gyu Choi
Krista Ettlinger - Giovanni Princic
Nancy Burer - Cristiano Principato
Hannah de Klein - Nathan Chaney
Igone de Jongh - Daniel Camargo
Qian Liu - Remi Wörtmeyer
Floor Eimers - Sem Sjouke
Pascalle Paerel - Matthew Pawlicki-Sinclair
Laura Rosillo - Daniel Montero Real
Dutch Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Rowe
Made in Amsterdam 2
12, 18, 22 and 25 February and 3 March
Concerto Concordia - Christopher Wheeldon
Music: Francis Poulenc – Concerto for two pianos and orchestra in D minor
One of Dutch National Ballet’s most recent successes is Concerto Concordia by Christopher Wheeldon, created for the last Holland Festival. Wheeldon – who received a Tony Award in 2014 for An American in Paris – was inspired by the different qualities of two principal couples: one lyrical and contemplative, and the other light and explosive. Six other couples join them in a dazzling finale.
Citizen Nowhere - a ballet inspired by The Little Prince - David Dawson
Music: Szymon Brzoska
Dawson is basing his new work, which will have its world premiere in Made in Amsterdam, on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince, the most translated work in French literature. In his ballet, Dawson wants to express both the unearthly aspect of the story and its loneliness. The sets by the German designer Eno Henze will play a special role in this, as will the music written especially for the ballet by the Polish composer Szymon Brzoska.
Souvenir d’un lieu cher - Alexei Ratmansky
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Souvenir d’un lieu cher
At its premiere in 2012, Alexei Ratmansky’s Souvenir d’un lieu cher was received with unanimous praise. The leading Russian choreographer lets two couples ‘colour in’ the adagio and scherzo from Tchaikovsky’s composition of the same name in their own individual way. He also breathes new life into classical ballet, with an exceptionally inventive and expressive use of the academic technique.
Moving Rooms - Krzysztof Pastor
Music: Alfred Schnittke – Concerto grosso no. 1 (parts VI, IV, V) and Henryk Mikolaj Górecki – Harpsichord Concerto (parts 1 and 2)
The last work in Made in Amsterdam was choreographed by Krzysztof Pastor. Moving Rooms was received in 2008 as the strongest premiere ballet in the programme In Space. Pastor’s ballet is about the emotions that can be generated by a space, or by lack of space. In a wonderful set of ever-changing patches of light, he combines virtuoso ensemble sections with an impressive solo demonstration of physical suppleness and an elegant, sensual duet.
Dancers Made in Amsterdam 2
The castlist is always subject to change!
Fr 3 March 20.15
Wen Ting Guan
Aya Okumura Clemens Fröhlich
Antonina Tchirpanlieva Cristiano Principato
Yuanyuan Zhang Thomas van Damme
Hannah de Klein Giovanni Princic
Jessica Xuan Chanquito van Hoeve
Nadine Drouin Daniel Silva
The Prince Edo Wijnen
Souvenir d'un lieu cher
Sasha Mukhamedov - Daniel Camargo
Qian Liu - Young Gyu Choi
Dutch Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Philip Ellis
Dutch Ballet Orchestra combines music and dance into a magical experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, and from music education to talent development. Dutch Ballet Orchestra is proud of its close relationship with Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. The working method is unique in the Netherlands. Dutch Ballet Orchestra, with Matthew Rowe as principal conductor, consists of a regular core of 45 musicians, supported where necessary by highly qualified guest performers. This lends great flexibility and dynamism to the orchestra and ensures its high quality. Dutch Ballet Orchestra is an orchestra with a unique character, passionate about continually achieving its mission: to move people through music.
* Made in Amsterdam 1 takes 2 hours, Made in Amsterdam 2 takes 2 hours and 10 minutes.
After the performances of Made in Amsterdam 1 on Sunday 19 February Pascalle Paerel en Matthew Pawlicki-Sinclair will be at the shop to sign your purchases. These signing sessions are only for people with tickets for the matinee performance of the same day!
‘What a wonderful, timeless ballet (…) nobody can match Van Manen in describing a relationship between people purely in movement’. - NRC Handelsblad about Frank Bridge Variations
‘Romance reveals itself as a monument to what dance can be; to what dance should be (...) Anyone who can bend Mozart to his will like that belongs in the ranks of the great Dutch masters’. - ‘Zwaan’ jury about Romance
‘After a languorous adagio, the fantastic dancers sweep you up in an exciting and virtuoso relay race. Inimitable!’ De Telegraaf about Souvenir d’un lieu cher
‘Wheeldon demonstrates great mastery in bringing the music to life and making it look as if he has just dashed it off’. Trouw about Concerto Concordia
‘In Space really takes off during the tremendous piece Moving Rooms, choreographed by Krzysztof Pastor’. - de Volkskrant