8-29 June


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Auditorium

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Hans van Manen festival

Tribute to the grandmaster of Dutch ballet

In 2007, the Hans van Manen Festival, organised by Dutch National Ballet for the occasion of Van Manen’s seventy-fifth birthday, was the highlight of the theatre season. This summer, Van Manen will turn ninety, and once again the international dance world is coming together to pay homage to the grand master of Dutch ballet.

This year, a total of eight dance companies and ensembles are taking part in the festival:

Leading dance companies from the Netherlands and abroad

This year, a total of eight dance companies and ensembles are taking part in the festival: the Wiener Staatsballett, Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf-Duisburg, the Stuttgarter Ballett, Nederlands Dans Theater 1, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Introdans and, of course, Dutch National Ballet and the Junior Company. Together, they will present a cross-section of the extensive Van Manen repertoire. The programme also includes a Dutch premiere: Ballett am Rhein is dancing Dances with Piano, an adaptation of Dances with Harp, which Van Manen created for our company in 2014.



The Stuttgarter Ballett will dance Van Manen's Solo: his shortest masterpiece, which is nothing short of wonderful and the Wiener Staatsballett is performing an early Van Manen work: Four Schumann Pieces, originally created for The Royal Ballet in London. Nederlands Dans Theater is presenting one early work and one later one by Van Manen: NDT 1 is dancing his groundbreaking Situation from 1970 and NDT 2 will shine in Simple Things.


Colourful ‘evergreens’

Introdans and the Junior Company will be adding a colourful touch, with, respectively, Polish Pieces and In the Future – two evergreens, in which an important role is played by the colourful costumes by Van Manen’s regular designer Keso Dekker. Dutch National Ballet will be dancing no fewer than eleven ballets by the master choreographer, ranging from an early work like Metaforen to internationally successful ‘classics’ like Grosse Fuge, Adagio Hammerklavier and 5 Tangos. But the programme will also include later works like Concertante, Two Pieces for HET and Frank Bridge Variations.


4 unique programmes with 19 groundbreaking pieces

Louis Andriessen, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Britten, David Byrne, Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur, Henryk Mikolaj Górecki, Joseph Haydn, Guy Klucevsek & Alan Bern, Frank Martin, Carlos Micháns, Frederic Mompou, Arvo Pärt, Astor Piazzolla, Robert Schumann, Erkki- Sven Tüür, Peteris Vasks, Jacob ter Veldhuis and Heitor Villa-Lobos

Musical accompaniment
Dutch National Ballet Orchestra conducted by Matthew Rowe and Jonathan Lo
Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble 


Hans van Manen turns 90

On 11 July 2022, Hans van Manen, the grandmaster of Dutch dance and resident choreographer of Dutch National Ballet, will turn ninety.

Various programmes

During the Hans van Manen festival, various choreographies will be performed by different dance companies and ensembles. Click on the link below for an overview of all programmes and on which days each programme is performed.

Programmes Hans van Manen festival

Programme I

Metaforen, Sarcasmen, Frank Bridge Variations, Grosse Fuge (Dutch National Ballet) 

  • Wednesday 8 June at 20.15
  • Friday 10 June at 20.15
  • Saturday June 11 at 20.15


Programme II

Polish Pieces (Introdans), Trois Gnossiennes (Dutch National Ballet), Situation (Nederlands Dans Theater 1), Two Pieces for HET (Dutch National Ballet), Two Gold Variations (Dutch National Ballet)

  • Wednesday 15 June at 20.15
  • Thursday 16 June at 20.15
  • Friday 17 June at 20.15
  • Sunday 19 June at 14.00


Programme III

Adagio Hammerklavier (Dutch National Ballet), Simple Things (Nederlands Dans Theater 2), Dances with Piano (Ballett am Rhein), Symphonieën der Nederlanden (Dutch National Ballet), 5 Tango’s (Dutch National Ballet)

  • Wednesday 22 June at 10.15 
  • Thursday 23 June at 20.15
  • Friday 24 June at 20.15
  • Sunday 26 June at 14.00


Programme IV

Four Schumann Pieces (Wiener Staatsballett), In the Future (Junior Company), Variations for Two Couples (Dutch National Ballet), Solo (Stuttgarter Ballett), Concertante (Dutch National Ballet)

  • Tuesday 28 June at 20.15
  • Wednesday 29 June at 20.15

Free programme booklet

Click on the link below and receive the free online programme booklet before the premiere. The booklet contains beautiful images and everything you need to know about Hans van Manen Festival!

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Almost every performance at Dutch National Opera & Ballet is preceded by an introduction, with background information that can deepen your theatre visit. The introductions are in Dutch and admission is free by showing a valid ticket.

Introduction Hans van Manen Festival by: Lin van Ellinckhuijsen (8, 15, 16, 22, 26, 28 & 29 June) and Jacq. Algra (10, 11, 17, 19, 23 & 24 June)

Time: 45 minutes before the start of each performance
Location: Odeonzaal; entrance between the even and odd cloakrooms

Grosse Fuge
Grosse Fuge
Polish Pieces
Polish Pieces

Dutch National Ballet Orchestra

conducted by Matthew Rowe and Jonathan Lo

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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