Dutch National Ballet presents
Choreographers of the future
One of the highlights of the year for fans of new and experimental work is New Moves. The dancers will develop their creative talents in their own choreographic pieces during this workshop.
It is important to invest in new choreographic talent, thinks artistic director of Dutch National Ballet, Ted Brandsen, who started out himself as a choreographer in the annual choreographic workshop.
In New Moves, dancers can choreograph a work themselves, design sets or costumes, take on the role of pianist or lighting technician, or develop their skills in one of the many other aspects of the performing arts, whether on stage or behind the scenes. Each edition of New Moves gives you the opportunity to discover the choreographers of the future. Every year, there is an exciting and extremely varied programme.
Since the seventies, Dutch National Ballet has been organising choreographic workshops, in which the dancers get the opportunity to take a look at their profession from another perspective, namely that of a choreographer. How does it work in practice? It is an extremely instructive process, which also helps them to understand choreographers better and thus to develop further as a dancer. Many talented choreographers started out in various editions of New Moves, including Associate Artist David Dawson, Jan Linkens, Krzysztof Pastor, Juanjo Arques and Ted Brandsen himself.
Brandsen thus knows from his own experience how important a chance like New Moves is for upcoming choreographers. So when he took the helm of the company in 2003, he decided to make the choreographic workshop a permanent fixture on the programme, under the title New Moves. And New Moves has had some great results. Thanks to New Moves, many dancers and ex-dancers from the company have made their name as a choreographer in recent years. Young choreographers like Juanjo Arqués and Peter Leung (now Young Creative Associates), Daniela Cardim, Monique Duurvoort, Ernst Meisner and Remi Wörtmeyer have attracted attention for their exciting, virtuoso, humorous and poignant creations.
‘The exciting choreographic works and the intimate character make New Moves a very special experience.’
‘New Moves, the workshop programme of the dancers’ own choreography, always makes interesting viewing.’