Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Auditorium
1:20 hours, no breaks
Inspired by great compositions
Choreographer George Balanchine once said: 'The art of dance would be better off not venturing into Beethoven's world, because it is impossible to choreograph his music.' But with a famous masterpiece and a new creation set to music by Beethoven, Dutch National Ballet proves him false. And with sensational results!
Via the button below you will find the cast that will dance during Beethoven.
Alongside a ballet by Dutch master Hans van Manen, you will see the world premiere of a new joint choreography by Wubkje Kuindersma, Remi Wörtmeyer and Ernst Meisner.
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Choreography - Grosse Fuge
Hans van Manen
Set design - Grosse Fuge
Light design - Grosse Fuge
Costume design - Grosse Fuge
Hans van Manen
Choreography - Prometheus
Set- and costume design - Prometheus
Tatyana van Walsum
Lights - Prometheus
Dramaturgy - Prometheus
Video designer - Prometheus
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After fifty years, 'Grosse Fuge' still causes goosebumps
The display of power by four men, the serene, almost cautious response by four women is outrageously sexy, playful and swinging. (Trouw about Grosse Fuge)
Considering it could have looked disjointed – with three creative inputs – this attractive new work has remarkable cohesion and vitality. (Bachtrack about Prometheus)
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Ludwig van Beethoven is considered one of the greatest composers ever to have lived, on a par with Bach and Mozart. At the age of 11 he could already play Bach’s entire Das wohltemperierte Klavier by heart and was writing his own compositions. Later he studied with Joseph Haydn and Johann Schenk in Vienna, forming part of the so-called First Viennese School, alongside Mozart and Haydn. It was also Beethoven who paved the way for Romantic music, stressing the expression of personal emotions. Around 1800 he began to experience the first signs of deafness. In his later years he became paranoid and isolated, composing his final, often misunderstood, works in a world of silence.
Musical accompaniment: Dutch Ballet Orchestra
Conducted by Marzio Conti
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