This show was to be seen in april 2020


Nationale Opera & Ballet, Grote Zaal

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Man and woman with flowers

Electrifying, edgy and inventive ballet

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In Four Seasons Dutch National Ballet presents the state of the art in today’s dance landscape, with three new creations by three world-class choreographers. Injecting classical ballet techniques with new influences and impulses, they reveal just how electrifying, edgy and inventive twenty-first century academic ballet can be.

Electrifying, edgy and inventive ballet

Creative teams

All three choreographers featured in Four Seasons attribute the success of their work in part to their special, intense collaborations with composers and set, costume and lighting designers. David Dawson even refers to his work as gesamtkunstwerken, produced with a fixed creative team of Dutch lighting designer Bert Dalhuysen, Japanese costume designer and former Dutch National Ballet principle dancer Yukimo Takeshima, and German set designer Eno Henze, whose set for The Four Seasons uses a different geometric shape to embody each season. For Yugen, Wayne McGregor worked with British-Dutch ceramic artist Edmund de Waal and renowned British-Iranian fashion designer Shirin Guild. Arqués' MANOEUVRE is also produced with a fixed creative team of dramaturg Fabienne VegtTatyana van Walsum for set and costume design and Bert Dalhuysen for ligthing design.

Man en vrouw in zwarte kleren

Yugen: Profound beauty

A Dutch first in Four Seasons is Wayne McGregor’s Yugen (‘profound beauty’ in Japanese), a co-production with The Royal Ballet. Enthusiastically hailed by audiences at its early 2018 première in London, this new creation was inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s resounding Chichester Psalms, an eclectic mix of Hebrew texts, Broadway jazz and Christian choral music sung by the Chorus of Dutch National Opera. McGregor’s choreography is a unique and impressive translation of the music, alternating gorgeous, lyrical dance scenes with powerful and dynamic group pieces.

Manoeuvre: World premiere

Spanish choreographer and Dutch National Ballet young creative associate Juanjo Arqués closes the triple bill with a world première. Since leaving his dance career Arqués has enjoyed tremendous success a freelance choreographer, commissioned to create pieces for top companies including the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Moscow Ballet Theatre and former dance star Carlos Acosta’s company Acosta Danza.

For MANOEUVRE, Arqués uses the exceptional composition 'Shaker Loops' by John Adams (Erasmus Prize 2019) in which the composer was able to convert wave movement into sound. The new choreography for the Dutch National Ballet is danced by seven male dancers, shifting the ballet's attention to male sensitivity. Starting from an emotional approach MANOEUVRE makes a step toward a more diverse and complete representation of men.

mensen in rode kleren

The Four Seasons: Athletic work

In its Dutch première is Associate Artist David Dawson’s The Four Seasons, a co-production with Semperoper Ballett. Dawson began his career 25 years ago as a dancer with the Dutch National Ballet. Inspired by Max Richter’s ethereal adaptation of Vivaldi’s famous composition, it is a monumental and emphatically athletic work that explores the cycle of life. As always, Dawson demands his dancers hold nothing back, immersing both themselves and the audience in an otherworldly, poetic and sublime reality. The sparkling music is performed by the Dutch Ballet Orchestra and the world-famous violinist Isabelle van Keulen.

mensen in zwarte pakken