Dates

8-16 Dec 2022

Location

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

Running time

1:45, incl. 1 intermission

Tickets

From €15

The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons and a world premiere

David Dawson’s work is so recognisable and extraordinary not just for the great originality of his movement idiom, but also for the special, intimate atmosphere he creates. This is how the leading magazine Danza International recently described Dawson’s work. In this December programme, we shed light on how Associate Artist David Dawson innovates and enriches classical ballet technique in a radical and very personal way. Besides his inspiring The Four Seasons, the programme also includes an important new creation by Dawson. 

Photo: Marta Syrko

The Four Seasons and a world premiere

The ties between Dutch National Ballet and Associate Artist David Dawson date back to 1995, when he joined the company as a dancer. Soon after that, however, the British dancer developed into one of the most interesting and innovative choreographers of his generation. In his complex works, which are always inspired by human emotion, he asks for total commitment from his dancers, in order to transport both them and the audience to a different, poetic, yet virtuoso reality. 

 

Standing ovations 

This also applies to The Four Seasons, set to Max Richter’s atmospheric reinterpretation of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, which was received with standing ovations at its Dutch premiere last June. In this large-scale, incredibly athletic ballet for sixteen dancers, Dawson explores the cycles of life. The result is a continually changing spectacle of form, colour and light, in which he bridges the gap between past, present and future. 

 

World premiere 

Besides reviving The Four Seasons, Dawson is also creating a new ballet for three male dancers for this programme. The well-known British film and theatre composer Alex Baranowski is writing a new score especially for the occasion. In a recent interview, Dawson said, “In each new creation, I try to reveal something of the human soul. I’m always searching for my perfect work; for the work that defines my existence and defines me as an artist. The ballet that tells me I can’t create any better”. 

Credits

The Four Seasons 
Choreography David Dawson
Music Max Richter
Violin Isabelle van Keulen (read more)
Set design  Eno Henze
Costumes Yumiko Takeshima
Light design Bert Dalhuysen

World premiere
Choreography David Dawson
Music Alex Baranowski (world premiere)
Set design  John Otto
Costumes Yumiko Takeshima
Light design Bert Dalhuysen
Film Altin Kaftira

Musical accompaniment Dutch Ballet Orchestra
conducted by Koen Kessels

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Youth up to 16
Premium € 55,00 € 50,00
1st € 48,00 € 45,00
2nd € 38,00 € 35,00
3rd € 28,00 € 25,00
4th € 20,00 € 18,00
5th € 15,00 € 15,00

Dutch National Opera & Ballet works with a system of dynamic pricing: during the booking period the ticket prices may increase, depending on demand. All prices are exclusive of booking fees.

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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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Introduction

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 Dawson by: Jacq. Algra

Time: 45 minutes before the start of each performance
Location: 2nd balcony

Looking back: 25 years David Dawson (2020)

Terugblik: 25 jaar David Dawson (2020)
David Dawson with James Stout in the studio | Photo: Altin Kaftira
David Dawson with James Stout in the studio | Photo: Altin Kaftira
The Four Seasons | Foto: Hans Gerritsen
The Four Seasons | Photo: Hans Gerritsen
The Four Seasons | Foto: Hans Gerritsen
The Four Seasons | Photo: Hans Gerritsen
The Four Seasons | Foto: Hans Gerritsen
The Four Seasons | Photo: Hans Gerritsen
The Four Seasons | Foto: Hans Gerritsen
The Four Seasons | Foto: Hans Gerritsen
The Four Seasons | Foto: Hans Gerritsen
The Four Seasons | Foto: Hans Gerritsen
The Four Seasons | Foto: Hans Gerritsen
The Four Seasons | Foto: Hans Gerritsen
The Four Seasons | Foto: Hans Gerritsen
The Four Seasons | Foto: Hans Gerritsen
Rave reviews
In the media
16 June

Exuberant triumph of supreme physical control (..) whereby each muscle fibre seems to be continually charged

29 September

He is now, quite rightly, in popular demand across the globe and it’s not hard to see why. This is truly aesthetically stunning composition, at its finest. 

29 September

David Dawson’s The Four Seasons is one of those blissful moments when dance, music and design chassé into alignment to create a moment of sublime beauty.

17 June

Besides being balletic fireworks for the 21st century, Dawsons’ The Four Seasons also offers poetic depth.

Behind-the-scenes The Four Seasons by David Dawson

Behind-the-scenes The Four Seasons by David Dawson
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