Dutch National Ballet presents

Live hans van manen

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Legendary Ballet by the Grand Master

Duration 0:30

Breaks 0

To our great regret, we are forced to cancel the performance 29 September due to the advice of the central government regarding the Coronavirus. Read more information here: operaballet.nl/corona-update

Only 6 performances


Of the more than 125 ballets Hans van Manen has created so far, Live is without doubt the most legendary. Van Manen created it in 1979 and since then the choreography for a female dancer and a cameraman, with a male dancer at the end, has touched tens of thousands of people. An iconic ballet that, through the use of live video footage, almost seems to have been created for this time.

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Studio: Live - Hans van Manen - Maia Makhateli en Artur Shesterikov ©Altin Kaftira
Studio: Live - Hans van Manen - Maia Makhateli en Artur Shesterikov
Studio: Live - Hans van Manen - - Maia Makhateli en Artur Shesterikov
Live - Hans van Manen
Live - Hans van Manen
Live - Hans van Manen

Live camera | Live performance

Unique in this work by Hans van Manen is the use of live camera footage of a live performance. How does the camera direct your gaze? And what do you see? All the possibilities of the camera are explored. More than 40 years on, this form of 'live streaming' is more relevant and topical than ever.


Live has only been performed twice before at Dutch National Opera & Ballet, at the 2003 Ballet Gala of Stichting Dansersfonds '79 and, in the 2015-2016 season, as part of the Hans van Manen Live programme. This season, Live will be performed only 6 times.
    Tue 22 Sep Live - Maia Makhateli - de Volkskrant

    Principal Maia Makhateli seduces the following camera with a mischievous look in Live. .... . The great auditorium looks empty with the scattered spectators seated. Yet the vermilion of the staircase and the empty plush, beautifully flames up with the bright red of her short ballet dress. Makhateli turns it into a bright portrait of a woman, less mysterious than the original.

    Thu 09 Jul Live - Theaterkrant

    Sophisticated play of timing, musicality and insight. Live: It remains a very strong piece.

    Thu 09 Jul Live - Trouw

    Live: The use of video is more the rule than the exception in contemporary dance practice, but brought with such fantastic sensitivity as in the groundbreaking 'Live' at the time, you never see it.

    Thu 09 Jul Live- de Volkskrant

    'A rare, moving beauty experience (...). One of the most impressive events in Dutch theatre history.'

Hans van Manen

Resident choreographer

Hans van Manen has succeeded in bringing modern ballet – as a combination of classical ballet and modern dance and movement techniques – to a wide audience.



Hans van Manen
Franz Liszt:
Sospiri (1879)
Bagatelle sans tonalité (1885)
Wiegenlied (1880)
Vier kleine Klavierstücke (1865)
Abschied (1885)
Olga Khoziainova
Costume design
Keso Dekker
Lighting design
Jan Hofstra
Ballet master
Rachel Beaujean
Mathieu Gremillet, Henk van Dijk

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