Transatlantic Holland Festival programme
BALLET WITH A SHOT OF ADRENALIN
They live in New York, London, Berlin and Amsterdam, yet share the same passion: taking ballet in totally new directions on the basis of classical technique. In Transatlantic, Dutch National Ballet is bringing together four young ‘rebels of dance’ from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Justin Peck, George Williamson, David Dawson and Ernst Meisner will present in Transatlantic the state of the art of twenty-first-century ballet.
Rising star Justin Peck is the new resident choreographer of New York City Ballet. Although he is only 27, he has already created over twenty works, in which he gives the art form ‘a shot of adrenalin’. Year of the Rabbit, to music by singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, has been highly acclaimed for its pure joy of dance. It is an ode to the power of imagination.
At the age of 22, the Brit George Williamson was nominated for a Benois de la Danse (Oscar of dance) in 2013 for his Firebird. Williamson’s highly individual style was already seen last year in Dawn Dances, which he created for the Junior Company. It is a wonderful ensemble piece, in which he also lets each individual dancer shine. The ballet was such a success that Williamson has created a new work for Transatlantic: CRANE.
The third work in Transatlantic is the world premiere of Merge by the Dutchman Ernst Meisner. In 2013, he exchanged his career as dancer with Dutch National Ballet for the job of artistic coordinator of the Junior Company. Meisner has also demonstrated his exceptional talent as a choreographer, for example in the ballet Axiom of choice, presented in the 2014-2015 season in the programme Back to Bach.
Overture, created by David Dawson in 2013 for Dutch National Ballet, was nominated for the ‘Zwaan’ award for Most Impressive Dance Production. The dazzling ballet lets eighteen dancers excel in graceful, powerful and virtuoso dancing. However, it also has a vulnerable side to it. Just as in T.S. Eliot’s poem The Four Quartets – Dawson’s source of inspiration – it zooms in on emotions of suffering and love.
Year of the Rabbit - Justin Peck
Sufjan Stevens - Enjoy Your Rabbit
In een arrangement voor strijkorkesr van Michael P. Atkinson
CRANE - George Williamson
Donnacha Dennehy – Crane
Merge - Ernst Meisner
Lowell Liebermann - Gargoyles, Opus 29
Overture - David Dawson
Szymon Brzóska - Overture
subject to change
Year of the Rabbit
22 and 23 June
Robbie Matthew Pawlicki-Sinclair
Craig Nathan Brhane
Joaquin Edo Wijnen
Tiler Nadia Yanowsky
Tess Kristina Lind
Janie Sasha Mukhamedov
6 women Laura Rosillo 6 men Nathan Chaney
Antonina Tchirpanlieva Remy Catalan
Clotilde Tran-Phat Clemens Fröhlich
Yuanyuan Zhang Oleksey Smolyakov
Michaela DePrince Dario Elia
Riho Sakamoto Chanquito van Hoeve
25 and 26 June
Robbie Remi Wörtmeyer
Craig Jozef Varga
Joaquin Young Gyu Choi
Tiler Qian Liu
Tess Anna Tsygankova
Janie Erica Horwood
6 women Maria Chugai 6 men Nathan Brhane
Wendeline Wijkstra Martin ten Kortenaar
Krista Ettlinger Wentao Li
Nadine Drouin Skyler Martin
Jingjing Mao Bastiaan Stoop
Saya Okubo Peter Leung
22, 23, 25, 26 June
4 women Suzanna Kaic 5 men James Stout
Wen Ting Guan Jared Wright
(22 en 23 juni) Emanouela Merjanova
Aya Okumura Sho Yamada (Chao Shi 26 June)
Jessica Xuan Daniel Montero
23,25 and 26 June
Igone de Jongh - Martin ten Kortenaar
Anna Tsygankova – Artur Shesterikov
22, 25, 26 June
Clara Superfine Jozef Varga
Michaela DePrince Artur Shesterikov
Jingjing Mao Vito Mazzeo
Sasha Mukhamedov James Stout
Suzanna Kaic Edo Wijnen
Yuanyuan Zhang Sebastien Galtier
Nadia Yanowsky Young Gyu Choi
Aya Okumura Jared Wright
Riho Sakamoto Clemens Fröhlich
Clara Superfine Jozef Varga
Michaela DePrince Matthew Pawlicki
Jingjing Mao Sébastien Galtier
Riho Sakamoto Skyler Martin
Naira Agvanean Edo Wijnen
Yuanyuan Zhang Dario Elia
Clotilde Tran-Phat Sem Sjouke
Nadine Drouin Daniel Montero Real
Saya Okubo Clemens Fröhlich
Dutch Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Rowe
Ryoko Kondo, piano (Merge)
Barbara Drążkowska, piano (Overture)
Dutch Ballet Orchestra
This year, Dutch Ballet Orchestra is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Since its foundation in 1965, the orchestra has been proud to accompany Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater as a regular partner.
Through Dutch Ballet Orchestra, music and dance come together to form a wonderful experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, and from music education to talent development.
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 gives the orchestra a unique character: incredibly flexible, dynamic and high-quality.
Dutch Ballet Orchestra is an orchestra with a mission, to achieve the ultimate synergy between dance and music.
For the evening performances of Transatlantic, on Friday 17, Wednesday 22, Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June, we will be opening a special cocktail bar in Dutch National Opera & Ballet! Enjoy delicious gin and tonics with a special balletic twist. The bar, situated in the centre of the stalls level foyer, is open before the performance and in the interval.
It was a triumph not just for Mr. Peck but also for the New York City Ballet (...). The audience responded with ovation after ovation. I'm sure I wasn't the only person who wished the whole 30-minute dance could have been encored immediately.