Dutch National Ballet presents
The oeuvre of the Netherlands’ best-known choreographer, Hans van Manen, is of inestimable value to Dutch National Ballet. In the programme Hans van Manen Gold, the company performs the gems of his repertoire.
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.
Metaforen (1965) is an ‘early’ Van Manen, but it already displayed all the master’s hallmarks. At the time, the male duet was quite revolutionary, and was regarded by many people as provocative, while Van Manen merely wanted to show that a pas de deux could just as easily be danced by two men.
Twilight is an explosive showdown between two principal dancers, with the ballerina in high heels. The ballet was premiered in 1972 and was created especially for Alexandra Radius and Han Ebbelaar, to music by John Cage. Van Manen had Alexandra Radius dance in high heels, lending her an earthy, yet elegant and provocative air. This special ballet was performed by Igone de Jongh & Alexander Zhembrovskyy at the Hans van Manen Festival, in 2008, which was organised for the occasion of the choreographer’s 75th birthday.
Two Gold Variations
Two Gold Variations is a premiere for our company. Van Manen created it in 1999 for Nederlands Dans Theater to Jacob ter Veldhuis’ Goldrush Concerto, and it has not been performed in the Netherlands since then. The ballet evokes an atmosphere of an increasingly heated dialogue between a man and a woman, multiplied by six other couples.
Adagio Hammerklavier is regarded worldwide as one of the classics of twentieth-century dance. Van Manen himself calls the ballet for three couples ‘an ode to deceleration’. Inspired by an adagio from a Beethoven piano sonata, Van Manen investigates just how slow a movement can be. He once described the result as ‘a wheel that is still just moving after a push, just before it falls’.
Dutch Ballet Orchestra, conducted by either Matthew Rowe (12th, 13th, 18th and 19th of April) or Andrea Quinn (22nd en 23rd of April)
Dutch Ballet Orchestra
This year, Dutch Ballet Orchestra is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Since its foundation in 1965, the orchestra has been proud to accompany Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater as a regular partner.
Through Dutch Ballet Orchestra, music and dance come together to form a wonderful experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, and from music education to talent development.
The working method is unique in the Netherlands. Dutch Ballet Orchestra, with Matthew Rowe as principal conductor, consists of a regular core of 45 musicians, supported where necessary by highly qualified guest performers. This gives the orchestra a unique character: incredibly flexible, dynamic and high-quality.
Dutch Ballet Orchestra is an orchestra with a mission, to achieve the ultimate synergy between dance and music.