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26 Jan-15 Feb 2023

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Tour, The Netherlands

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Ballet Bubbles

Premieres by Dutch choreographers

Since its foundation in 2013, Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company has secured a remarkable place in the international dance world. This season, the company is going on another tour of the Dutch theatres, presenting an extremely varied programme that includes world premieres by Wubkje Kuindersma, Joshua Junker and Sedrig Verwoert, alongside a wellknown classic - the 'Pas de quatre' from The Sleeping Beauty - and Blink, a contemporary work full of energy and emotions by Juanjo Arqués

Photo: Marta Syrko

Premieres by Dutch choreographers

Talented young dancers from all over the world audition each year for a highly coveted place in the Junior Company. The group forms a major stepping stone to a successful professional career, demonstrated by the fact that forty percent of Dutch National Ballet now consists of ex-Junior Company dancers, including two principals and five soloists. 

 

International furore 

Besides regularly taking part in productions by the ‘main’ company, the Junior Company dancers win high acclaim for their own touring programmes. This season’s tour includes among other works, some new choreographies by the young Dutch choreographers Wubkje Kuindersma, Joshua Junker and Sedrig Verwoert.

Wubkje Kuindersma, who is currently a Young Creative Associate with Dutch National Ballet, previously choreographed Mesmer and Mångata for the juniors. And she created an international furore with her male duet Two and Only for Marijn Rademaker and Timothy van Poucke (a former Junior Company dancer).

Dancer and choreographer Sedrig Verwoert will also be presenting a new work. In his position as Young Creative Associate with Dutch National Ballet, he created the dance film I Feel It Too, his solo Renaissance and his large group piece Do All Dogs Go To Heaven?. Verwoert was nominated for a 'Zwaan voor Meest Indrukwekkende Dansprestatie' in 2020 for his creation They/Them (together with Christian Yav).

Joshua Junker, who trained at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and The Royal Ballet School in London, has been dancing with The Royal Ballet since 2018. In recent years, he has created several promising works for the choreographic project Draft Works, the British equivalent of New Moves. Junker, who was born in Nijmegen, is making his Dutch choreographic debut in Ballet Bubbles. He has already received various prizes, including the Piket Art Award and the Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award. 

Credits

Pas de quatre - The Sleeping Beauty
Choreography Sir Peter Wright
Music Pjotr Iljitsj Tsjaikovski

World premiere
Choreography Wubkje Kuindersma
Music Johann Sebastian Bach

World premiere
Choreography Joshua Junker

Blink
Choreography Juanjo Arqués
Music Max Richter

World premiere
Choreography Sedrig Verwoert

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Architecture of Hope (Colours of Ballet, 2021) - Wubkje Kuindersma | Foto: Hans Gerritsen
Architecture of Hope (Colours of Ballet, 2021) - Wubkje Kuindersma | Photo: Hans Gerritsen
In and Out (Colours of Ballet) - Hans van Manen | Foto: Hans Gerritsen
In and Out (Colours of Ballet, 2021) - Hans van Manen | Photo: Hans Gerritsen
GRIT (Unboxing ballet 2, 2020) - Charlotte Edmonds | Foto: Altin Kaftira
GRIT (Unboxing ballet 2, 2020) - Charlotte Edmonds | Photo: Altin Kaftira
Architecture of Hope (Colours of Ballet, 2021) - Wubkje Kuindersma | Foto: Hans Gerritsen
Architecture of Hope (Colours of Ballet, 2021) - Wubkje Kuindersma | Photo: Hans Gerritsen
In and Out (Colours of Ballet) - Hans van Manen | Foto: Hans Gerritsen
In and Out (Colours of Ballet, 2021) - Hans van Manen | Photo: Hans Gerritsen
In and Out (Colours of Ballet) - Hans van Manen | Foto: Hans Gerritsen
In and Out (Colours of Ballet, 2021) - Hans van Manen | Photo: Hans Gerritsen
Ballet 101 (Unboxing ballet 2, 2020) - Eric Gauthier | Foto: Altin Kaftira
Ballet 101 (Unboxing ballet 2, 2020) - Eric Gauthier | Photo: Altin Kaftira
GRIT (Unboxing ballet 2, 2020) - Charlotte Edmonds | Foto: Altin Kaftira
GRIT (Unboxing ballet 2, 2020) - Charlotte Edmonds | Photo: Altin Kaftira
Dutch Ballet Orchestra

Dutch Ballet Orchestra

Dutch Ballet Orchestra’s mission is ‘to inspire movement in dance’. Since its inception in 1965, the orchestra has been the proud musical partner of Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. In every performance, the orchestra searches for inspiring synergy between music and dance, in order to give the audience a magical experience.

Dutch Ballet Orchestra

Led by principal conductor Matthew Rowe, Dutch Ballet Orchestra is the leading orchestra for dance in the Netherlands. The orchestra accompanies performances ranging from traditional ballet to modern dance, alongside and is active in music education and talent development.

Besides performances with Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater, Dutch Ballet Orchestra has a long tradition of innovative – and award-winning – family performances. For instance, Creatures (in collaboration with ISH) received the international Young Audiences Music Award, and the production Hansel and Gretel (in collaboration with Orkater) won various Musical Awards. In these productions, the musicians play from memory, without a conductor and in costumes, so that they form an integral part of the performance. In 2022, the tradition will be continued with the production Beauty and the Beast, which will premiere in Philharmonie Haarlem. And finally, Dutch Ballet Orchestra has a long-term partnership with the Dutch National Ballet Academy. They are therefore involved in the music curriculum for pupils and students, facilitate student visits to orchestra rehearsals and provide music for the academy’s end-of-year performance, where possible. 

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28 January

Wubkje Kuindersma, note this name (..) shows how fantastically she can handle ten dancers. Her Mesmer is the most powerful premiere in the lively programme Unboxing Ballet

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