Dutch National Ballet presents

Dutch Doubles

This show was to been seen in April 2014

Four world premieres inspired by prominent Dutch artists

In Dutch Doubles, Dutch National Ballet brings four prominent Netherlands-based choreographers together with world famous Dutch artists from various disciplines.

 

 

In short

Harpist Remy van Kesteren – winner of the 2013 USA International Harp Competition, plus fashion designers Viktor&Rolf, photographer Rineke Dijkstra and visual artist Krijn de Koning will all be challenging both choreographers and dancers to attain new heights.

Dutch Doubles - Behind the scenes part 2
Dutch Doubles - Juanqo behind the scenes
Trailer - Dutch Doubles

Hans van Manen and Remy van Kesteren

Hans van Manen – at 80+ still at the summit of his creative powers – signed on for the first premiere.  His Variations for Two Couples was recently awarded the Benois de la Danse, also know as the ‘Oscar of the dance.’ In Dutch Doubles he will work in this new piece, Dances With Harp, together with one of the foremost international harp talents of our day: the 23 year old Remy van Kesteren, who, when only fifteen, gave a triumphant performance in New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Remy van Kesteren
Harpist

The young internationally renowned harpist Remy van Kesteren (1989) is regarded worldwide as a leading talent. He graduated from the Utrecht Conservatory in 2010 and went on to study at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique in Paris and the conservatory in Amsterdam, where he got his Master’s degree ‘cum laude’. He made his concert debut at the age of sixteen with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. This was followed by performances for the christening of Princess Amalia and in Carnegie Hall (New York City, United States). Van Kesteren now performs in concert halls all over the world.

Van Kesteren was Young Artist in Residence at the NJO Muziekzomer festival 2011 in Gelderland. One year later, he took part in the Night of the Proms tour of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany. In 2012, he released his first CD: ‘Remy’, with works by Smetana, Holliger, Bach and Shostakovich. Van Kesteren is the founder of the Netherlands Harp Festival in Utrecht. Editions of the festival were held in 2010 and 2012, and another edition is planned for 2014. “A true revolution in the harp world”, said Matthijs van Nieuwkerk in the television programme De Wereld Draait Door.

For this world premiere, entitled Dances With Harp, Van Kesteren will be playing music by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Frederic Mompou, Johann Sebastian Bach and Carlos Micháns

Dancers

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 (première)
Friday, April 18, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
National Opera & Ballet, 20.15

Igone de Jongh – Artur Shesterikov
Anna Tsygankova – Jozef Varga
Jurgita Dronina – Isaac Hernandez

Monday, April 21, 2014
National Opera & Ballet, 14.00

Victoria Ananyan – Vito Mazzeo
Vera Tsyganova – Young Gyu Choi
Qian Liu – Edo Wijnen

Jorma Elo and Viktor & Rolf

New to Dutch National Ballet is Jorma Elo, a former star dancer with the Nederlands Dans Theater and today one of the world’s most sought after choreographers, creating works for such prestigious companies as the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet.  For this, Elo’s first creation in the Netherlands in recent years, the country’s most unique and idiosyncratic design team, Viktor&Rolf, will create not only the costumes, but also, for the first time in their careers, the decors.

Viktor&Rolf
Fashion designers

Viktor Horsting (1969, Geldrop) and Rolf Snoeren (1969, Dongen) studied at ArtEZ Fashion Design in Arnhem. After working together on a graduation project, they decided to continue as a duo in the fashion world. They left for Paris, where they set up their own fashion house. Since then, they have been presenting their award-winning collections there. In January 2014, Viktor&Rolf presented their new collection, modelled by dancers of Dutch National Ballet.

The duo’s creations and installations have been shown in various museums and galleries, including the Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo, Japan), Visionaire Gallery New York City (United States), the Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam), the Museé de la mode et du Textile (Paris) and the Barbican Art Centre (London, United Kingdom). Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Doutzen Kroes and Grace Jones are known to be fans of Viktor&Rolf’s work. The duo are also active in the world of fragrances. Their fashion emporium keeps on growing, with the addition of sunglasses, shoes and accessories. The duo have been the subject of six books, several exhibitions and a documentary: Viktor&Rolf: Because We’re Worth It.

Choreographer: Jorma Elo

Jorma Elo (1961, Helsinki, Finland) trained at the Finnish National Ballet School and at the ballet school of the Mariinsky Ballet (St Petersburg, Russia). At the age of sixteen, he joined the Finnish National Ballet and went on to dance with the Cullberg Ballet in Sweden and Nederlands Dans Theater. In 2004, Elo ended his 26-year career as a dancer.

Dancers

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 (première)
Friday, April 18, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
National Opera & Ballet, 20.15

Monday, April 21, 2014
National Opera & Ballet, 14.00

Jurgita Dronina, Maia Makhateli, Igone de Jongh, Anna Tsygankova
Remi Wörtmeyer, Jozef Varga, James Stout, Vito Mazzeo

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Nationale Ballet & Opera, 20.15 uur

Megan Zimny Kaftira, Victoria Ananyan, Qian Liu, Vera Tsyganova
Isaac Hernandez, Artur Shesterikov, Roman Artyushkin, Casey Herd

Ton Simons and Rineke Dijkstra

In 2012, Ton Simons made his Dutch National Ballet debut with the programme Present/s. For many years he's been considered one of the Netherland's most interesting choreographers because of his clear, musical movement structures. For Dutch Doubles he’ll take inspiration from prominent photographer Rineke Dijkstra. The Guggenheim Museum in New York recently held a retrospective exhibition of her portraits that – stripped of all extraneous clutter – reveal a world of hidden emotion.

Rineke Dijkstra
Photographer

Rineke Dijkstra (1959, Sittard) studied at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. After her studies, she worked as a freelance photographer for magazines like Quote, Elle, Avenue en Elegance. She is best known for her series Strandportretten (1992-1994), in which she captured the complexity of teenagers. This series was Rineke Dijkstra’s international breakthrough. It was followed by photographs of youngsters in a discotheque in Liverpool, new mothers with their first baby, very young soldiers in Israel and Portuguese bullfighters straight after a gory fight. Her work has been exhibited in New York and Brussels, and is included in the collections of various museums, including Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), Guggenheim Museum (New York City), Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (The Hague), Huis Marseille (photographic museum, Amsterdam), De Pont (Tilburg) and Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (Ghent, Belgium). In 2012, she presented a solo exhibition in the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In 2013, she photographed King Willem-Alexander for a royal stamp, choosing a different angle for the official portrait, in which the viewer plays a big role. Dijkstra also gave the king a monumental air that is reminiscent of Dutch 17th-century portraits.

Choreographer: Ton Simons

Ton Simons trained at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, having previously studied medicine for a short while and trained as a sculptor.

Dancers

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 (première)
National Opera & Ballet, 20.15

Erica Horwood – Peter Leung

Friday, April 18, 2014
National Opera & Ballet, 20.15

Jingjing Mao – Anatole Babenko

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
National Opera & Ballet, 20.15

Erica Horwood – Peter Leung

Monday, April 21, 2014
National Opera & Ballet, 14.00

Hannah Grenell – Matthew Pawlicki-Sinclair

Juanjo Arqués and Krijn de Koning

The youngest choreographer in Dutch Doubles is the rising star Juanjo Arqués, who, since his exciting contribution to Present/s, has created successful new works in both Spain and Slovenia. In Roulette he’ll take on the challenge of confronting one of the most important visual artists of our time, Krijn de Koning, known for his abstract architectural sculptures in which colour plays an essential role.

Krijn de Koning
Visual artist

Krijn de Koning (1963) studied audiovisual design at the Rietveld Academy. In 1988, he joined Ateliers ’63, which was then situated in Haarlem. After his studies, De Koning went to Paris, to the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastique. His work has been exhibited in various Dutch museums, including the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, 1997), Centraal Museum Utrecht (1999), De Vleeshal (Middelburg, 2006) and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, 2007). His work is also on display in public spaces, and he was responsible for the renovation of the Nuon site on the Amstel (Amsterdam). De Koning is also active abroad. He has made installations for the Chapelle Jeanne d’Arc in Thouars and the Abbaye de Corbigny, both in France. His works have been included in exhibitions in Paris (2008), Budapest (2008), Ostend (2009) and New York (2010).

De Koning has been working as an artist for over twenty years. He lives and works in Amsterdam. The principle behind his work is that the environment in which an artwork is placed is experienced differently. He makes architectural and labyrinthine constructions that make an impact on their environment, whereby the use of colours with a clear presence plays an important role.

Choreographer: Juanjo Arques

Juanjo Arqués was a dancer with Dutch National Ballet until 2012 when he turned his focus completely to choreography.

Dancers

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 (première)
Friday, April 18, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
National Opera & Ballet, 20.15

Monday, April 21, 2014
National Opera & Ballet, 14.00

Nadia Yanowsky, Young Gyu Choi
Suzanna Kaic, James Stout

(Subject to change)

Music

Juanjo Arques: Roulette
Michael Gordon, Jacob Ter Veldhuis and David Lang
With: Richard Jansen, Slagwerk Den Haag

Ton Simons: Romance
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, piano concerto nr. 20 (Romance)

Hans van Manen: Dances With Harp
Heitor Villa-Lobos, Frederic Mompou, Johann Sebastian Bach and Carlos Micháns

Jorma Elo
Ludwig van Beethoven, fragments from 9th Symphony and the Violin concerto
With: Noé Inui (violin)

Orchestra
Holland Symfonia conducted by Clotilde Otranto.

Introductions

Every performance of National Opera & Ballet is preceded by a pre-performance talk. Learn more, enjoy more. This talk begins 45 minutes before curtain and is held in the foyer of the second balcony. The pre-performance talk is free of charge to everyone attending the performance, and amplification is used to enhance audibility. Several days prior to the premiere, the pre-performance talk will be made available digitally as a podcast. Check this page  to see if the podcast has already been made available.

The 4th of May choreographer Ton Simons will be interviewed in the foyer immediately after the performance.

This performance is supported by Mondriaan Fonds

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    Mon 27 Jan De Telegraaf, 18 april 2014

    **** Springlevende dans (…) een groep die evident in topvorm verkeert met schitterende prestaties en homogeen teamwork.

    Mon 27 Jan De Volkskrant, 21 April 2014

    **** Strakke lijnvoering, erotische swing, brutale blikrichting (Dances With Harp).

    Sun 16 Feb NRC Handelsblad, 23 April 2014

    *** Simons has created a duet with subtle disruptions here and there. Sober, with an amazing lightness. (Romance)

    Sun 16 Feb Trouw, 19 April 2014

    Encounter between old maestro and young virtuoso produces wonderful new ballet. (Dances With Harp)