Dutch National Ballet presents
BALLET, HIPHOP AND VANITY (12+)
Due to the current measures against the further spread of the coronavirus, this production by Dutch National Ballet will unfortunately not be able to go ahead this autumn. Read more information here: operaballet.nl/corona-update
In these days of selfies and the ever-present craving for a smooth and successful life, Oscar Wilde’s 1891 book 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' is chillingly topical. Choreographers Ernst Meisner and Marco Gerris drew on Wilde’s novel as the basis for their third joint choreography. Be amazed by this invigorating, modern dance performance for all ages that brings together ballet and hiphop.
Dutch National Ballet + Junior Company + ISH
Dorian is a collaboration between Dutch National Ballet, the Junior Company and cross over dance company ISH dance collective. The companies have enjoyed previous successes with Narnia and GRIMM, which Ernst Meisner (Junior Company) and Marco Gerris (ISH) based on C.S. Lewis’ fantasy book series 'The Chronicles of Narnia' and the classic fairy tales by the brothers Grimm. This time the two choreographers have chosen a source that will appeal not only to youthful audiences, but dance-lovers of all ages.
'Beautiful fusion of ballet and hip-hop'
'GRIMM is without doubt the most imaginative dance performance of this theatre season. ...Seize your chance!'
'Gerris and Meisner come admirably far in their ambition to combine classical dance language and street language in an appealing way.'
'It. Is. A-ma-zing. Narnia is a fairy tale ballet, in which the Junior Company has joined forces with the dancers of ISH. Ballet mixed with hip-hop. And really everything falls into place in this story, in which children end up in a fairytale world (...) this you should not deny your (grand)children.'
Ernst Meisner and Marco Gerris
Dutch Ballet Orchestra
led by Marzio Conti
Dutch Ballet Orchestra
Since its foundation in 1965, the orchestra has been the proud orchestral partner of Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. This way of working is unique in the Netherlands. Dutch Ballet Orchestra, with Matthew Rowe as its principal conductor, consists of a permanent core of 45 musicians, supported where necessary by highly qualified guest players. This gives the orchestra a unique character: flexible, dynamic and of high quality. Dutch Ballet Orchestra combines music and dance to provide an enchanting experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, from music education to talent development. An optimal synthesis between music and dance is the orchestra’s mission.
The orchestra masters a rich repertoire, which includes the crown jewels of ballet history such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. This repertoire is always complemented by the best works of contemporary composers, selected by the leading choreographers of today. The orchestra reaches dance lovers and enthusiasts of ballet music as well as children and adolescents. The educational projects of the orchestra have won several (international) awards, including the Young Audiences Music Award in 2016 for Creatures, a collaboration with dance company ISH.
Dutch National Opera & Ballet offers an introductory talk 45 minutes before each performance. An expert will share background information, context and interesting details that can give your theatre visit more depth. The talks are in Dutch and are free to all the ticket holders. You can also find an abridged version of the introduction on our website as a podcast.
Time: 45 minutes before the performance
Location: Odeonzaal; ground floor entrance
Main sponsor Junior Compay
Partners Junior Company