Dutch National Ballet presents
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EXCITING MUSIC AND DANCE DUOS
Following the success of Dutch Doubles in 2014, Dutch National Ballet is now presenting a second edition, which once again includes world premieres. This time, choreographers living in the Netherlands enter into dialogue with four renowned musicians.
Dutch National Ballet aims to regularly present world premieres, and this aim is recognised internationally as well. For instance, The New York Times acclaimed us as one of the five ballet companies to make an important contribution to the future of dance by continually presenting new creations. Delighted by this recognition, in Dutch Doubles we are bringing you world premieres by Ernst Meisner and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Déjà Vu by Hans van Manen and Two and Only by Wubkje Kuindersma, created in close collaboration with musicians they admire.
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Wende Snijders
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is half Colombian and half Belgian, but she made her name as a dancer in the Netherlands and started to choreograph while still dancing. In recent years, her international career has really taken off. She has created recent works for New York City Ballet, English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet and Ballet Moscow. For Last Resistance, her choreography for Dutch Doubles 2018, she is taking inspiration from one of the best-known and most versatile singer-songwriters in the Netherlands: Wende Snijders.
Ernst Meisner and Remy van Kesteren
Besides being the artistic coordinator of the Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company, Dutchman Ernst Meisner has also developed into a striking choreographer. He has created various successful works for both Dutch National Ballet and the Junior Company. For Dutch Doubles 2018, Meisner is working with one of the greatest international talents on the harp: Remy van Kesteren. In the first Dutch Doubles edition, Van Kesteren joined Hans van Manen in creating the highly acclaimed Dances with Harp. Since then, the harpist has taken a new, more contemporary path. Nowadays, he also composes his own music and has his own band.
Hans van Manen
Hans van Manen is the only one of the four choreographers from the 2014 edition of Dutch Doubles to take part in this year’s edition. His contribution is Déjà vu, a pas de deux to a well-known composition by Arvo Pärt, 'Fratres', which he created for NDT in 1995. The tension between the two sexes is tangible throughout the duet. As always, Van Manen succeeds in portraying the essence of human relationships in dance. Déjà Vu’s sober sets and shiny black unitards are designed by Keso Dekker, and are well matched by Joop Caboort’s lighting designs. Déjà vu will be performed by principal dancers Marijn Rademaker and Igone de Jongh, accompanied on the piano by Olga Khoziainova and on the violin by Hebe Mensinga.
Wubkje Kuindersma and Michael Benjamin
Together with Michael Benjamin, Wubkje Kuindersma searched for two songs, that will be performed live on stage by Benjamin: Long Overdue and From Blue to Red. In her choreograohy she wants to show multiple aspects of love, the different colours that a relationship can have, how love can pass by and yet still play a role. The title Two and Only is a nod to the expression 'The One and Only'. For Kuindersma, the title refers both to the two art forms, dance and music, which complement and reinforce each other, and to the unique combination of individuals who make a live performance together: the dancer and the musician in this case.
Last Resistance - world premiere - Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
World premiere - Ernst Meisner
Remy van Kesteren (composition, harp)
Raphaela Danksagmüller (duduk)
Martin Fondse (keys + glass harmonica)
Ties Mellema (sax (bariton en alto))
Sean Fasciani (electric bass)
Maikel Claessens (percussion/vibraphone)
World premiere - Hans van Manen
Piano compositions by Frederic Mompou and Manuel Blasco de Nebra
Dutch Ballet Orchestra
Since its inception in 1965, the orchestra has been proud to accompany its partners, Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. 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 its unique character: flexible, dynamic and high-quality.
Dutch Ballet Orchestra combines music and dance into a magical experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, and from music education to talent development. The orchestra’s mission is to create an optimal synthesis between music and dance, in order to reach dance-lovers and ballet music enthusiasts, as well as children and youngsters.
The orchestra has received several international awards for its educational projects, including the Young Audiences Music Award in 2016 for Creatures, a collaborative project with dance company ISH.
‘They may be almost sixty years apart, but what an intensive and daring relationship there is between choreographer Hans van Manen and harp virtuoso Remy van Kesteren. Their Dances with Harp is an exciting trek by three dance couples through the timbres and sounds of various harp compositions’.