Dutch National Ballet presents
Legendary Ballet by the Grand Master
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.
We have taken measures to ensure a safe visit to our theatre, including careful observation of the compulsory 1.5 metre distance in the auditorium and in the foyer.
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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.
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.
Sophisticated play of timing, musicality and insight. Live: It remains a very strong piece.
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.
'A rare, moving beauty experience (...). One of the most impressive events in Dutch theatre history.'
Hans van ManenResident 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.
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Main sponsor Junior Company