11 May-16 Jun 2023
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage + Tour
2:00, incl. 1 interval
Dance thriller based on the famous book by Oscar Wilde
Following the successes of Narnia and GRIMM, Dorian (14+) is the third joint production by choreographers Ernst Meisner and Marco Gerris. For their adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray, the famous book by Oscar Wilde from 1891, the two choreographers have opted for a thriller-like approach, filled with tension and suspense, for adults and adolescents. This time, dancers from Dutch National Ballet will also be joining dancers from the Junior Company and ISH Dance Collective.
Photo: Marta Syrko
Co-production Dutch National Ballet & ISH Dance Collective
Choreography Ernst Meisner and Marco Gerris
Music Joey Roukens
Set and costume design Dieuweke van Reij
Lighting design Mike den Ottolander
Electronic sounds and effects Rik Ronner
Live illustrator Luca Stappers
Ballet master Caroline Iura
Intimacy coordinator Markoesa Hamer
Dancers ISH Dance Collective
Pom Arnold, Joley Groeizaam, Liam McCall, Tyrone Menig, Oscar Starink, Kevin Thompson, Sophie Tukker, Lars de Vos and Lucinda Wessels
Dutch National Ballet
Anna Tsygankova, Qian Liu, Giorgi Potskhishvili, Koyo Yamamoto and Isaac Mueller
2nd year: Lily Carbone, Victoria Glazunova, Nicola Jones, Polina Loschchylina, Kate Myklukha, Louisella Vogt, Luca Abdel-Nour, Gabriel Rajah and Sven de Wilde
1st year: Poppi Eccleston, Skya Powney, Carolina Ribaldone, Bo-Ann Zehl, Robin Park, Soshi Suzuki, Francesco Venturi and Vincent Fell
Musical accompaniment (performances in the larger theatres)
Dutch National Ballet Orchestra conducted by Karel Deseure
Five reasons to look forward to Dorian
Dutch Ballet Orchestra
Dutch Ballet Orchestra’s mission is ‘to inspire movement in dance’. Since its inception in 1965, the orchestra has been the proud musical partner of Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. In every performance, the orchestra searches for inspiring synergy between music and dance, in order to give the audience a magical experience.
Voted best performance of 2022-2023 season in the "dance and performance" category:
Overwhelming adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray, with clever vistas into the toxic consequences of chasing an unrealistic ideal of beauty.
Dorian delivers great commentary in an overwhelming fusion of dance, music, video art and scenography
[...] a sensuous, swirling and brilliantly danced version of the novel [...].
Great dance in beautifully crafted fairy tale.
Composer Joey Roukens is a storyteller pur sang in all possible moods and tempi.
Podcast - Dorian
The podcast below (spoken in Dutch) features Ernst Meisner and Marco Gerris discussing the following topics:
- What is the essence of Dorian nowadays according to the choreographers?
- How do the two worlds of classical ballet and hip-hop work together?
- Why an intimacy coordinator?
- What can we expect from this collaboration in the future?
The conversation is framed by small music clips composed by Joey Roukens. At the time of recording this interview, no official recordings of the music were yet available.