Dutch National Ballet presents
Following international success, now in the Netherlands
Shostakovich Trilogy is a groundbreaking, intensely personal tribute from the renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky to Dmitri Shostakovich, one of the greatest composers of Russia. The performance will bring together the work of two revolutionary artists.
In Shostakovich Trilogy, Alexei Ratmansky explores his complex relationship with his homeland. Ratmansky, who calls this his most personal work, gives an atmospheric sketch of the life and career of his favourite Russian composer, who suffered greatly under the oppression of the Soviet regime. Ratmansky was inspired by works by Dmitri Shostakovich from various periods. He overwhelms the audience with a deluge of solos, small ensembles and group sections, while giving unity to the trilogy through the repetition of certain phrases and the structure of the three sections, which are each danced by four or five soloists in front of a mixed corps de ballet.
Alexei Ratmansky trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow. He danced with the Ukrainian National Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet. June 2017, he brought an intense personal tribute with Dutch National Ballet to Dmitri Shostakovich in his 'Shostakovich Trilogy'.
Symphony no. 9
Piano Concerto no. 1
Dutch Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Rowe
Shostakovich Trilogy, created in 2013 for American Ballet Theatre, has not been shown before in Europe in its entirety. It is a special honour for Dutch National Ballet that the much sought-after Ratmansky is allowing us to dance the European premiere of his Shostakovich Trilogy.
Keso Dekker, who regularly cooperates closely with Hans van Manen, has designed the costumes for Shostakovich Trilogy, and the sets have been designed by George Tsypin.
Alexei Ratmansky trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow. He danced with the Ukrainian National Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet. Ratmansky was artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet from 2004 to 2008, and has been resident choreographer with American Ballet Theatre since January 2009. In 2010, he created a new version of the full-length classical ballet Don Quichotte exclusively for Dutch National Ballet. In the 2011-2012 season, Ratmansky created Souvenir d'un lieu cher for Dutch National Ballet, and the company presented his Firebird in 2014, in co-production with American Ballet Theatre.
Co-produced with San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre
Shostakovich Trilogy Scenery and Costumes courtesy of American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet.
Every moment feels like a fragment of a masterpiece. Indeed, this was simply one of the company's most satisfying nights in years, a grand, ambiguous, mysterious and thrilling entertainment.
Fascinating, poetic, enigmatic. Alexei Ratmansky’s 'Shostakovich Trilogy' includes expressions of ebullience, heroism, affection, wit and inspiration.