Dutch National Ballet presents

Cool Britannia

This show was to been seen in June 2015

Britain’s top choreographers in one programme

Duration 2:00

Breaks 2

In Cool Britannia, Dutch National Ballet brings today’s top three British choreographers together:  Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon and David Dawson.

In short

Wayne McGregor makes his Dutch National Ballet debut with the contemporary masterpiece Chroma, which he made in 2006 for the Royal Ballet. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon creates a new work: Concerto Concordia. And also David Dawson creates new work, which is called Empire Noir.

Preview Chroma © The Royal Ballet
Preview Chroma © The Royal Ballet
Verbluffende virtuositeit en emotioneel geladen duetten. Bekijk hier de repetitiebeelden van Wayne McGregor voor zijn 'Chroma'.
Behind the scenes - Christopher Wheeldon
Bekijk de behind the scenes video met Christopher Wheeldon. Zijn ballet is onderdeel van Cool Britannia.
Een kijkje achter de schermen tijdens de repetities van David Dawson's 'Empire Noir'.

David Dawson

Associate Artist

David Dawson (1972, London, United Kingdom) was resident choreographer with Dutch National Ballet from 2004 to 2006. Since 2015, he has held the position of ‘artistic associate’ with the company.

Christopher Wheeldon

Guest choreographer

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon (1973, Somerset, United Kingdom) holds a position as artistic associate of The Royal Ballet in London since 2012. Wheeldon was invited to dance with the New York City Ballet, and was promoted to soloist in 1998. He ended his dance career in 2000 to focus completely on a profession as choreographer.

Wayne McGregor

Choreographer / Director

Wayne McGregor CBE is a British choreographer and director. He is Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor, a creative nexus that pushes the frontiers of physical intelligence through dance, design and technology. Wayne’s work is rooted in dance, yet encompasses a variety of genres including technology, visual art, film, opera and education, as well as Company Wayne McGregor, his own touring company of dancers.

David Dawson - Empire Noir (World première)

Flying high
David Dawson’s career attained amazing new heights after his years as a Dutch National Ballet dancer and resident choreographer. For the 2013 Holland Festival, he created a new work for Dutch National Ballet called Overture. Precisely two years later, he returns with a new world premiere for which he again collaborates with composer Greg Haines known to the Dutch audience for his score to day4, created  by David Dawson for the company’s 50th anniversary. In order to create an impressive result, Dawson returns to the techniques of classical ballet, even more so than in his previous creations. Dutch National Ballet, with generous support from The Eduard van Beinum Foundation, has commissioned a new composition by Greg Haines for this choreography.


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Christopher Wheeldon - Concerto Concordia (World première)

Special connection
Christopher Wheeldon – whose Cinderella was scheduled to be performed by Dutch National Ballet earlier in the season – will also make a new choreography for Cool Britannia, which is called Concerto Concordia. Because of his special connection with Dutch National Ballet, he agreed to accept this challenge, even though his schedule is especially full for the coming period of time.


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Wayne McGregor - Chroma

Amazing virtuosity
Wayne McGregor comes from the field of modern dance and has a fascination for science, architecture and technology. During the last twenty years, those interests have encouraged him to intensively explore and expand the possibilities of the human body.  In the meantime, he has been discovered by the world of classical ballet: McGregor has made works for leading companies such as the New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet. In 2006, the Royal Ballet in London appointed him resident choreographer, after the success of Chroma. The piece was distinguished with an Olivier Award, the highest British award for a new dance production. McGregor couples amazing virtuosity with electrically charged duets in a minimalist decor. For Chroma, composer Joby Talbot made an orchestral arrangement of numbers by the rock band The White Stripes.

CHROMA is produced in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. This production was first seen at the Royal Opera House on 17th November, 2006”


cast list


Joby Talbot, Jack White III

Empire Noir, World première by David Dawson
Greg Haines (commissioned score)

Concerto Concordia, World première by Christopher Wheeldon
Francis Poulenc 'Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in D minor'

Dutch Ballet Orchestra conducted by Matthew Rowe.

Dutch Ballet Orchestra, formerly known as Holland Symfonia, is the regular orchestra partner of Dutch National Ballet. The orchestra brings together music and dance into a magical experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, from music education to talent development. Het Balletorkest is conducted by chief conductor Matthew Rowe, and consists of 45 musicians, supported by highly qualified guest performers when necessary. This is what makes the orchestra flexible, dynamic and adept. Dutch Ballet Orchestra is an orchestra with personality, driven by one mission: to stir people with music.


Pre-performance talks
Dutch National Opera offers pre performance talks. These talks begin 45 minutes before curtain and are held in the foyer of the 2nd balcony of Dutch National Opera & Ballet. For performances elsewhere, the introductory talks will be held at the corresponding venue. Experts offer background information and interesting details about that specific production. The introductory talks are free of charge for all ticket-holders for that performance.

Cool Britannia is seen in the Holland Festival.

    Thu 30 Jan The Sunday Times over Chroma

    ‘Ravishing on all fronts: choreography, music and design’

    Tue 23 Jun New York Times

    David Dawson: ‘(…) the dancing is filled with gorgeously inventive, seamless swirling lifts and ice-skater-like turns.’

    Thu 30 Jan The Guardian over Chroma

    ‘It was fast and furious and totally gripping, and everything started to make sense’