In the future Junior Company
Talented youngsters on tour
Following the great success of Ballet Bubbles (2016) and Juniors Go Dutch (2017), the Junior Company presents another touring programme full of surprises: In the Future.
In the Future is an attractive, yet daring programme for twelve dancers, which is tailored to the Junior Company and introduces the stars of the future in a triple bill.
Besides a classical ballet and a new work by a young choreographer, the programme In the Future will include the ballet of the same name created by Hans van Manen in 1986 for Scapino Ballet, which has since also been danced by Stuttgarter Ballett and Introdans Ensemble for Youth. It is the first time that Dutch National Ballet has danced In the Future, which is an energetic, swinging, amusing and surprising work, with wonderfully inventive costumes by Keso Dekker.
Nowadays it is hard to imagine the Dutch ballet world without the Junior Company. Founded in 2013, the Junior Company has already more than proved its right to existence, through successful tours of the Netherlands performing at over twenty medium-sized theatres and tours abroad (to Spain, Austria, Germany, England and Switzerland), as well as a great many smaller and larger performances for special occasions. In 2014-2015, the Junior Company collaborated with dance company ISH on creating Narnia: The lion, the witch and the wardrobe, which will be revived again this season, due to its great success.
Alongside their own programmes, the young dancers also perform in the corps de ballet of the main company. This season, they will be taking part in The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quichotte and Mata Hari. The Junior Company is a real breeding ground for talent. For instance, Michaela DePrince, Jessica Xuan, Sho Yamada and Martin ten Kortenaar rapidly moved up from the Junior Company to Dutch National Ballet, where they even dance main roles occasionally.
In the Future
Hans van Manen
Set, costume and lighting design
In the Future – Hans van Manen
‘Keso Dekker’s costumes – with green fronts and red backs – play an important role in Hans van Manen’s In the Future. They emphasise the sublime game of colours and bodies played by Van Manen to the pulsating, jazzy music of David Byrne. He magically interweaves ‘red’ and ‘green’ ensembles, with green rows mixing ingeniously with red ones. And with a simple jump or turn, the master choreographer changes the complete look of this absolute favourite with the audiences’.
Astrid van Leeuwen, Introdans
In the Future - Hans van Manen
David Byrne - Music for the knee plays: In the future, Winter, The sound of business
The fifth anniversary of the JC will be celebrated with a festival in the Stadsschouwburg, in Amsterdam. The whole weekend will revolve around Young Talent.
‘Meisner knows how best to present ‘his’ juniors.’