Dutch National Ballet presents

Transatlantic Holland Festival programme

This show was to been seen in June 2016


Duration 2:30

They live in New York, London, Berlin and Amsterdam, yet share the same passion: taking ballet in totally new directions on the basis of classical technique. In Transatlantic, Dutch National Ballet is bringing together four young ‘rebels of dance’ from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Justin Peck, George Williamson, David Dawson and Ernst Meisner will present in Transatlantic the state of the art of twenty-first-century ballet.

Martin ten Kortenaar and Igone de Jongh show you a part of Merge, the new work by Ernst Meisner.
Take a look behind the scenes at George Williamson's CRANE.
Principal Remi Wörtmeyer shows you a part of the rehearsals of Justin Peck's Year of the Rabbit.
Curious about Overture by David Dawson? Take a look behind the scenes!
Trailer - Transatlantic
Year of the Rabbit - Justin Peck
Overture - David Dawson
Merge - Ernst Meisner
CRANE - George Williamson

Justin Peck

Rising star Justin Peck is the new resident choreographer of New York City Ballet. Although he is only 27, he has already created over twenty works, in which he gives the art form ‘a shot of adrenalin’. Year of the Rabbit, to music by singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, has been highly acclaimed for its pure joy of dance. It is an ode to the power of imagination.

George Williamson

At the age of 22, the Brit George Williamson was nominated for a Benois de la Danse (Oscar of dance) in 2013 for his Firebird. Williamson’s highly individual style was already seen last year in Dawn Dances, which he created for the Junior Company. It is a wonderful ensemble piece, in which he also lets each individual dancer shine. The ballet was such a success that Williamson has created  a new work for Transatlantic: CRANE.

Ernst Meisner

The third work in Transatlantic is the world premiere of Merge by the Dutchman Ernst Meisner. In 2013, he exchanged his career as dancer with Dutch National Ballet for the job of artistic coordinator of the Junior Company. Meisner has also demonstrated his exceptional talent as a choreographer, for example in the ballet Axiom of choice, presented in the 2014-2015 season in the programme Back to Bach.

David Dawson

Overture, created by David Dawson in 2013 for Dutch National Ballet, was nominated for the ‘Zwaan’ award for Most Impressive Dance Production. The dazzling ballet lets eighteen dancers excel in graceful, powerful and virtuoso dancing. However, it also has a vulnerable side to it. Just as in T.S. Eliot’s poem The Four Quartets – Dawson’s source of inspiration – it zooms in on emotions of suffering and love.


Year of the Rabbit - Justin Peck
Sufjan Stevens - Enjoy Your Rabbit
In een arrangement voor strijkorkesr van Michael P. Atkinson

CRANE - George Williamson
Donnacha Dennehy – Crane

Merge - Ernst Meisner
Lowell Liebermann - Gargoyles, Opus 29

Overture - David Dawson
Szymon Brzóska - Overture



subject to change

Year of the Rabbit  

22 and 23 June                                                                       

Robbie        Matthew Pawlicki-Sinclair                     

Craig            Nathan Brhane

Joaquin       Edo Wijnen

Tiler             Nadia Yanowsky

Tess             Kristina Lind

Janie            Sasha Mukhamedov


6 women     Laura Rosillo                                             6 men    Nathan Chaney

                     Antonina Tchirpanlieva                                           Remy Catalan

                     Clotilde Tran-Phat                                                    Clemens Fröhlich

                     Yuanyuan Zhang                                                      Oleksey Smolyakov

                     Michaela DePrince                                                   Dario Elia

                     Riho Sakamoto                                                         Chanquito van Hoeve

25 and 26 June

Robbie        Remi Wörtmeyer

Craig            Jozef Varga

Joaquin       Young Gyu Choi

Tiler             Qian Liu

Tess             Anna Tsygankova

Janie            Erica Horwood


6 women     Maria Chugai                                            6 men     Nathan Brhane

                     Wendeline Wijkstra                                                  Martin ten Kortenaar

                     Krista Ettlinger                                                           Wentao Li

                     Nadine Drouin                                                           Skyler Martin

                     Jingjing Mao                                                              Bastiaan Stoop

                     Saya Okubo                                                               Peter Leung



22, 23, 25, 26 June

4 women     Suzanna Kaic                   5 men       James Stout

                     Wen Ting Guan                                    Jared Wright

(22 en 23 juni) Emanouela Merjanova

                     Aya Okumura                                       Sho Yamada (Chao Shi 26 June)

                     Jessica Xuan                                        Daniel Montero

                                                                                     Sem Sjouke


23,25 and 26 June

Igone de Jongh - Martin ten Kortenaar  

22 June

Anna Tsygankova – Artur Shesterikov                                             


22, 25, 26 June

Clara Superfine                          Jozef Varga
Michaela DePrince                    Artur Shesterikov          
Jingjing Mao                               Vito Mazzeo                
Sasha Mukhamedov                 James Stout                
Suzanna Kaic                             Edo Wijnen
Yuanyuan Zhang                       Sebastien Galtier        
Nadia Yanowsky                        Young Gyu Choi        
Aya Okumura                              Jared Wright                
Riho Sakamoto                           Clemens Fröhlich

23 June

Clara Superfine                          Jozef Varga
Michaela DePrince                    Matthew Pawlicki        
Jingjing Mao                               Sébastien Galtier        
Riho Sakamoto                           Skyler Martin                
Naira Agvanean                         Edo Wijnen
Yuanyuan Zhang                      Dario Elia                      
Clotilde Tran-Phat                      Sem Sjouke                  
Nadine Drouin                            Daniel Montero Real  
Saya Okubo                                Clemens Fröhlich



Dutch Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Rowe

Ryoko Kondo, piano (Merge)

Barbara Drążkowska, piano (Overture)

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.


For the evening performances of Transatlantic, on Friday 17, Wednesday 22, Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June, we will be opening a special cocktail bar in Dutch National Opera & Ballet! Enjoy delicious gin and tonics with a special balletic twist. The bar, situated in the centre of the stalls level foyer, is open before the performance and in the interval.

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    Fri 18 Sep The New York Times - Year of the Rabbit - Peck

    It was a triumph not just for Mr. Peck but also for the New York City Ballet (...). The audience responded with ovation after ovation. I'm sure I wasn't the only person who wished the whole 30-minute dance could have been encored immediately.