5-6 July 2022


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Auditorium

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Dansers van morgen

With live accompaniment from the Dutch Ballet Orchestra

For several years now, the Dutch National Ballet Academy’s end-of-year performance has been an exciting, must-see event of the ballet season in Dutch National Opera & Ballet. This year, the leading international classical ballet academy – the only Dutch dance academy affiliated with Dutch National Ballet – is once again presenting an extremely varied programme. The talented young dancers will be performing excerpts from classical ballets, contemporary masterpieces and several new creations made especially for them. And the performances are accompanied live by the Dutch Ballet Orchestra, led by principal conductor Matthew Rowe.

Dansers van Morgen

Crystal Pite, William Forsythe and Hans van Manen

This year’s programme includes works choreographed by Crystal Pite, William Forsythe and Hans van Manen. New to the academy is Pite’s The Seasons’ Canon, which she created in 2016 for the prestigious Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris. A mixed cast totalling 50 students from the Dutch National Ballet Academy and the Canadian Arts Umbrella will dance two sections from Pite’s work at this edition of Dansers van Morgen. The Associate Degree’s students of the Dutch National Ballet Academy will also be dancing excerpts from William Forsythe’s masterpiece Artifact Suite, and to celebrate the coming ninetieth birthday of Hans van Manen (patron of the Dutch National Ballet Academy), the young pupils from NBA 2, 3 and 4 will perform Unisono – Van Manen’s only work choreographed especially for ballet pupils – to the Air by Bach.


Classical repertoire

And this year, the pupils and students will, of course, once again take up the challenge of the classical ballet repertoire. For example, the Associate Degree’s students are dancing the famous pas de deux from Marius Petipa’s nineteenth-century masterpiece Don Quixote. There is a revival of the successful Poulenc Suite, by artistic director Ernst Meisner, which he created last year for all the Associate Degree’s students. Especially for this ballet, the ranks of the Dutch Ballet Orchestra will be swelled by two leading pianists: Thomas Beijer (winner of the Dutch Music Prize 2022) and Nicolas van Poucke (brother of the ballet soloist Timothy van Poucke). Meisner is also choreographing a new piece for the pupils of NBA 5, 6 and 7, set to Tchaikovsky’s famous Garland Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty.


World dance and recent creations by young choreographers

It has become a tradition for the youngest pupils (NBA 1 - 4) to appear in a new world dance piece choreographed by teacher Iva Lešić, and this year is no exception. This time, she is working with her husband, the singer and performer Joost Spijkers. And this edition of Dansers van Morgen also includes two recent works by talented young choreographers. Harmless Banter, created by the Canadian guest student Maya Smallwood, was one of the highlights of the last edition of the Dutch National Ballet Academy’s Choreographic Project. The dancers of the Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company will be performing If only I knew the right way by the student Zoë Greten. She created the work for Shooting Stars, the programme that the Junior Company is taking on tour throughout the Netherlands in April and May 2022. Greten previously stood out for her creations for the Choreographic Project and her participation in the Dutch National Ballet’s Choreographic Academy.



All the pupils and students of the National Ballet Academy will be taking part in this new edition of Dansers van Morgen – from the ten and eleven-year-olds who have just started their training to the exceptionally talented young dancers who are part of the Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company during their final year as a student. For all of them, Dansers van Morgen is a highlight of the school year, as it gives them the chance to show a big audience what they have been working towards so hard over the past months.



End-of-year performance 2022

Academy of Theatre and Dance, AHK

Various choreographers

With live accompaniment from the Dutch Ballet Orchestra,
pianists Thomas Beijer and Nicolas van Poucke
and singer/performer Joost Spijkers
conducted by Matthew Rowe


Dutch National Ballet Orchestra

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 National 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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