21 october - 15 november 2020


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Great hall

Running time

1:20, 0 breaks





Our dancers are back. And how! In Back to Ballet - contemporary, their resilience splashes off the stage. They dance as though they have never been gone. On the programme: MANOEUVRE, a brand-new ballet by Young Creative Associate Juanjo Arqués, and the intriguing Pas/Parts 2018 by groundbreaking choreographer William Forsythe.

Back to Ballet Contemporary

Pas Parts


Spanish choreographer Juanjo Arqués receives commissions from leading international companies and holds the position of Young Creative Associate at Dutch National Ballet. His MANOEUVRE has its world premiere in our Back to Ballet programme. For MANOEUVRE, Arqués uses John Adams' exceptional composition 'Shaker Loops' (Erasmus Prize 2019), in which the composer captured the motion of waves. This motion is also reflected in the s-shaped set designed by Tatyana van Walsum for this new work.

MANOEUVRE is performed by seven male dancers, and focuses attention to male sensitivity. In the creative process, the work departed from emotion, in search of matching form and movement. A path that, oscillating between different moods, leads to a more complete masculine self-image. 

Choreography Juanjo Arqués
Music John Adams
Musical accompaniment Dutch Ballet Orchestra conducted by Koen Kessels
Dramaturgy Fabienne Vegt
Decor and costume design Tatyana from Walsum
Lighting design Bert Dalhuysen
Ballet master Judy Maelor Thomas


Pas/Parts 2018

"It's mainly about dancers dancing," William Forsythe stated about Pas/Parts 2018, a work that had its well-received Dutch premiere at our company in June 2019. Forsythe is known as an innovator of classical ballet and originally created Pas/Parts for the Ballet of the Paris Opera in 1999. He has revised the work several times since, most recently in 2018 for the Boston Ballet - hence the addition tot the title.

Pas/Parts 2018 It is a large ensemble work in twenty movements, with abrupt transitions in light, music, tempo, rhythm, energy and formations. Solos, duets, trios and larger formations follow in an unpredictable sequence. Through action and reaction, new forms and configurations are continually generated. The white sets are lighted by equally white lights, and the electronic music by Thom Willems refers to Renaissance music. 

Choreography William Forsythe
Music Thom Willems - Pas/Parts
Lighting and set design William Forsythe
Costume design Stephen Galloway