Dates

8-30 June (with reservation)

Location

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Great hall

Running time

2:20 hours, 2 breaks

Tickets

From €12,50

Hollandse School

World-class repertoire from the Netherlands

The Dutch School offers a perfect sampler of the best that Dutch dance has achieved: dance that puts simplicity, clarity, musicality and the expressive qualities of the individual dancer at the forefront. It invites you to experience an incredibly wide range of vibes and emotions.

Four seasons
Grosse fuge
Grosse fuge
Four seasons

Programme

Besides ballets by Dutch Masters Hans van Manen and Rudi van Dantzig, you will see a Dutch premiere by associate artist of Dutch National Ballet David Dawson and the world premiere of a new, joint choreography by Wubkje Kuindersma, Remi Wörtmeyer and Ernst Meisner.

Programme

Dutch School is divided into two programmes. In programme A, you will see two works set to music by Beethoven, about whom the American-Russian choreographer George Balanchine once said: Dance should leave Beethoven well alone – there’s no choreographing to his music’. But plenty of choreographers have since proved him false. One of them is Hans van Manen, who in 1971 created his Grosse Fuge, a Beethoven ballet that after its premiere was immediately proclaimed the 'most important European choreography of the decade'. In this programme, Grosse Fuge is combined with Prometheus, a new creation by Wubkje Kuindersma, Remi Wörtmeyer and Ernst Meisner, set to the only composition Beethoven ever wrote especially for ballet.

Programme B shows you the Dutch premiere of David Dawson's The Four Seasons. Max Richter's atmospheric arrangement of Vivaldi's famous Le Quattro Stagioni inspired Dawson to create a grand and distinctly athletic work with the cycle of life as its subject. Before The Four Seasons, the stage is for Rudi van Dantzig's famous duet Voorbij gegaan (Gone By), which he created in 1979 for the 20th anniversary of the most famous Dutch dancing couple of all times: Alexandra Radius and Han Ebbelaar.

Grosse Fuge

HANS VAN MANEN

A burst of energy
With Grosse Fuge, which Hans van Manen created in 1971, he immediately proved that the notion that Beethoven's music is not 'danceable' is outdated. ‘Brilliant and dazzling', ‘a burst of energy ', is what the press called recent performances of this sizzling double quartet, which to this day is one of the most frequently performed Van Manen ballets worldwide. The choreography for four men and four women consists of two parts that flow into each other, very different in character, but forming a harmonious whole. In the fugue, the tensions are complex and charged; in the cavatina, they are lyrically bypassed and resolved. In the first part, the men wear black skirts designed by Van Manen himself, which causes their movements to be even fiercer and more aggressive. Meanwhile, the women look as if they have just stepped out of their evening dress.

Prometheus

WUBKJE KUINDERSMA, ERNST MEISNER EN REMI WÖRTMEYER 

Divine fire
Beethoven wrote only one ballet composition in his life: Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, an allegorical ballet d’action commissioned by the Viennese Imperial Court in 1801. The music was a success, but apart from a short synopsis - about Prometheus stealing fire from the gods to give to two human figures - nothing of the choreography has survived. In Dutch School, Dutch National Ballet presents the premiere of a new, more abstract translation of Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, created by three renowned young choreographers: Wubkje Kuindersma, Ernst Meisner and Remi Wörtmeyer. Following in the footsteps of Hans van Manen, Rudi van Dantzig and Toer van Schayk, who jointly created Collective Symphony in 1975, they will each take on a part of Beethoven's ballet.

Voorbij gegaan

RUDI VAN DANTZIG

Harmony and tenderness
When Rudi van Dantzig created Voorbij gegaan (Gone By) for Alexandra Radius and Han Ebbelaar in 1979, the collaboration of the two dancers was of the same ‘age’ as their collaboration with Van Dantzig. During the rehearsals, Van Dantzig was therefore mainly guided by nostalgic thoughts about these two dancers, whom he had known since childhood. In his choreography, Van Dantzig follows the traditional division of the classical pas de deux. However, in Voorbij gegaan the emphasis is not on virtuosity and ostentation, but on lyrical mood expressions that primarily embody harmony and tenderness. But this does not detract from the fact that the duet makes great demands on the performers. The English ballerina Merle Park said to Radius: 'You call that a present? It's a killer!’

The Four Seasons 

DAVID DAWSON 

Virtuous reality
In this programme, Dutch National Ballet presents the Dutch premiere of David Dawson’s The Four Seasons, in co-production with the Semperoper Ballett. Dawson is known for demanding total dedication from his dancers in order to transport both them and the audience to a different, poetic and yet virtuoso reality.
In his choreography, set to Max Richter's arrangement of Vivaldi's famous Le Quattro Stagioni, he shows snapshots of many lives that are in constant change. In his highly aesthetic movement language and in interaction with four objects that are floating in the stage space, Dawson tells his own personal story about the course of the seasons. Max Richter's sparkling composition is performed live by Dutch Ballet Orchestra.

 


Cast & Creatives
David Dawson
David Dawson
Choreographer - The Four Seasons
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Wubkje Kuindersma
Wubkje Kuindersma
Choreographer - Prometheus
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Rudi van Dantzig
Rudi van Dantzig
Choreographer - Voorbij gegaan
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interesting articles & videos
Hans van Manen

‘Vernieuwing komt niet 'pop' tevoorschijn, vernieuwing vergt geduld’

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New Moves - The Garden (Dutch National Ballet X Kröller-Müller Museum)

New Moves - The Garden (Dutch National Ballet X Kröller-Müller Museum)

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Orchestra: 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

Dutch Ballet Orchestra

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.

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Credits

Choreography - Grosse Fuge

Hans van Manen

Set - Grosse Fuge

J.P. Vroom

Light - Grosse Fuge

Joop Caboort

Costumes - Grosse Fuge

Hans van Manen

Choreography - Prometheus

Wubkje Kuindersma

Ernst Meisner

Remi Wörtmeyer

Set - Prometheus

Tatyana van Walsum

Light - Prometheus

Carlo Cerri

Dramaturgy - Prometheus

Willem Bruls

Choreography - Voorbij gegaan

Rudi van Dantzig

Music - Voorbij gegaan

Fréderic Chopin

Costumes - Voorbij gegaan

Joop Stokvis

Light - Voorbij gegaan

Jan Hofstra

Choreography - The Four Seasons

David Dawson

Music - The Four Seasons

Max Richter

Set - The Four Seasons

Eno Henze

Costumes - The Four Seasons

Yukimo Takeshima

Light - The Four Seasons

Bert Dalhuysen

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