Safe distance ballet


G-Star RAW and Dutch National Ballet join forces for a unique collaboration in which the 'new reality', social distancing, is visualized in an artistic way. The socially distanced society is reflected in a special choreography by principal and choreographer Remi Wörtmeyer, accompanied by the Dutch Ballet Orchestra, with an impressive 3-meter wide denim tutu as the centerpiece. Inspired by the empty theaters, artists without a stage, and the dance of each individual to find their way in the new normal. 

Raw Denim tutu with a diameter of 3 meters

G-Star RAW and Dutch National Ballet combine the classic and modern worlds by creating a unique Raw Denim tutu with a diameter of 3 meters: the ultimate social distancing tool. This allows the dancers of the Dutch National Ballet to remain a safe 1.5 meters apart. The choreography captures the distance between people, created by the tutu, in a special way. The challenge is clear as the dancers try to find their way through the streets of Amsterdam to the stage, attracted by the music coming from the theater. Well known Dutch House/ Techno DJ & Producer Joris Voorn, and the strings of the Dutch Ballet Orchestra create the fusion music piece for this project.

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The tutu is the ultimate distancing tool. With its over size, it causes the dancers to come up with solutions in navigating through the city, passing and moving together. 

- Remi Wörtmeyer – choreograaf & eerste solist van Het Nationale Ballet

Remi Wörtmeyer over Safe Distance Ballet

"The tutu is the ultimate distancing tool. With its over size, it causes the dancers to come up with solutions in navigating pathways, passing and moving together. As the dancers navigate their way through the city they dance the dance we have all experienced when we are passing people in the street and trying to maintain the 1.5 meter distance.” Gwenda van Vliet – Chief Marketing Officer, G-Star: In recent months, we have always searched for ways to interpret within the current reality in an unexpected, artistic and innovative way. ... This creates collaborations and concepts that would otherwise not arise."

Choreographer & Principal Remi Wörtmeyer

The Australian dancer Remi Wörtmeyer (Adelaide) joined the Dutch National Ballet in 2010 as a grand sujet and was promoted to soloist the following year. He trained at The Australian Ballet School and went on to dance with The Australian Ballet in Melbourne and with American Ballet Theatre in New York for a year. He won the Walter Burke Award in 2005 and silver at the 8th Asian Pacific International Ballet Competition in 2001. In 2011, the leading dance magazine Dance Europe placed Remi fifteenth in their top 100 international dancers who performed outstandingly. From 1 January 2013 Remi is a principal dancer with Dutch National Ballet. In September 2013 he received the Alexandra Radius Prize and in 2014 the Public Award during the Dance Open Festival in St. Petersburg (Russia) and in 2016 he was announced there as Mr Expressivity. 2017 he was honoured by Critic's choice in the category 'Outstanding performance by a male dancer'.

In recent years Remi has also developed as a choreographer. He choreographed Homebody and Morning Blossoms for ODD Continent and made several pas de deux, which are regularly performed at international ballet galas. For the Beethoven programme, to be seen with the Dutch National Ballet in June 2020, he is creating a new production together with Wubkje Kuindersma and Ernst Meisner.

Safe Distance Ballet – credits:

Concept and production: The Family Amsterdam
Director: Mathieu Gremillet
Choreography: Remi Wörtmeyer
Production: The Family Amsterdam and Dutch National Opera & Ballet
Director of Photography: Bas Goossens (Ministry of Frames)
Tutu design and creation: G-Star RAW
Tutu construction: Dutch National Opera & Ballet
Music supervision: Rogier van Twuijver (Modern Day Composers)
Music composed and arranged by: Joris Voorn, Boy Bianchi
Musicians Dutch Ballet Orchestra: Robert Cekov (viool), Jan-Eelco Prins (viool), Arwen Salama-Van der Burg (viola), Artur Trajko (cello)
Dancers Dutch National Ballet: Kira Hilli (main), Manu Kumar (main), Sebia Plantefève, Giovanni Princic, Daniel Silva, Tess Sturmann, Elisabeth Tonev, Conor Walmsley
Edit: The Compound

Header credits:

Photo header: campaign image Safe Distance Ballet
Dancers: Kira Hilli and Manu Kumar
Photographer: Lesley Weijtjes