6 April - 25 May
FROM SWAN LAKE TO WORLD PREMIERES
Every year, the most talented of over 700 applications from young dancers all over the world are selected to join Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company. This season, the group is touring theatres around the Netherlands with Shooting Stars, a programme that includes classics as well as exciting contemporary world premieres.
In Shooting Stars, the company will dance the classical ‘Pas de Six’ from the acclaimed version of Swan Lake choreographed by former artistic director Rudi van Dantzig. The choreography demands flawless execution and strong
charisma. Also demanding is Ballet 101, a humorous yet technically challenging male solo by the Canadian choreographer Eric Gauthier. In his choreography, he uses the basic positions of classical ballet as the starting point for a hilarious crash course.
Shooting Stars also includes four world premieres by promising choreographers. The first new work is by the Ukrainian-Dutch maker Milena Sidorova, who had a huge hit during the first lockdown with Hold On, to the number of the same name by DI-RECT, and recently with her passionately intimate dance film Rose (which is available on YouTube until the end of 2021). The second premiere is by the British choreographer Peter Leung, who is known for the way he ‘stretches’ the limits of classical ballet. And the third creation is by the Spaniard Marta Reig Torres, who up to now has made her name mainly in the modern dance scene. The fourth premiere is by Zoë Greten, final year student at the Dutch National Ballet Academy. After creating interesting work for the Choreographic Academy last summer, she will now create a new short piece for Shooting Stars.
Pas de six from Swan Lake
Choreography: Rudi van Dantzig
Music: Pjotr Iljitsj Tsjaikovski
Choreography: Eric Gauthier
Music: Jens-Peter Abele
Milena Sidorova, Peter Leung, Marta Reig Torres en Zoë Greten.
‘A chance in a million’
Junior Company dancer Mila Nicolussi Caviglia:
“For me, being part of the Junior Company is a chance in a million. It’s wonderful to be able to measure up to other young dancers from all over the world. Our ballet masters pay attention to every detail, but they also teach us to be ourselves on stage. I’m really looking forward to the coming season. We get so many opportunities to help us develop further.”