14-26 Sep 2021
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Auditorium
1:24 hours, no intermission
A masterpiece full of life force, dynamics and vitality
Dutch National Ballet opens the season in which it celebrates its 60th jubilee with a special Toer van Schayk programme. This multi-talented artist has played a vital part in the image of our company.
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Alongside Toer van Schayk's masterpiece 7th Symphony, we present in this jubilee programme a world premiere created by him: Lucifer Studies.
Toer van Schayk
Music Lucifer Studies
Music 7th Symphony
Ludwig van Beethoven
Toer van Schayk
Van Schayk’s name is inseparably connected to the history of Dutch National Ballet. He created his first costume and set designs in 1961, the year the company was established. He was a loved soloist for ten years, famed for his moving and expressive interpretations. He also designed more than 50 characteristic choreographies which - together with work by Rudi van Dantzig and Hans van Manen - were an important contribution to the acclaim Dutch National Ballet has received since the 1970’s. At this time his designs, which shine in style, class and detail even set a new standard at home and abroad.
Toer van Schayk’s 7th Symphony is monumental, a spirited, sparkling piece. Twenty dancers are plastically sculpted into ensemble dances that are fanning out to the raising beat of Beethoven’s seventh symphony.
Van Schayk’s dance is visual in the sense that it creates a sculpture using dancers. It is as though he frees the dancers from unneccessary motion and then raises them to the border of the impossible with what ‘remains’.
Behind the scenes
TOER - podcast
In this (Dutch) podcast about TOER, Lin van Ellinckhuijsen takes you to a rehearsal of Lucifer Studies, a beautiful memory of ex-dancer Jane Lord, a commentary by Caroline Sayo Iura and a walk through the varied life of Toer van Schayk.
Musical accompaniment: Dutch Ballet Orchestra
Conducted by Matthew Rowe
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.
Dancer Timothy van Poucke about TOER
Soloist Timohy van Poucke dances in TOER and gave an interview about it to Winq (Dutch).
In its original version, '7th Symphony' was a vehicle for the company's soloists, whereas Van Schayk chose for more young, eager dancers now. An invaluable experience which they will cherish for the rest of their lives.
As if new material arose on stage, the performance, the movements, the design, the lighting and costumes merged perfectly.
[Van Schayk created] an atmospheric male ballet that shows the qualities of the selected dancers to advantage.