11 May; 17.00 – 18.15 hrs


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Odeon Zaal

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€ 12,50


Two open lectures

In two English spoken open lectures this season, Gabriele Klein explores the relationship between ballet and contemporary dance on the one hand and ballet and popular dance on the other. She shows differences and similarities and puts these different dance genres in relation to contemporary culture and society.

Photo header: rehearsal Dorian | © Michel Schnater

Swan Lake and Dorian

The lectures precede and relate to two performances of Swan Lake and Dorian Gray, both by Dutch National Ballet and to be seen in the second half of this season.

More information about the lecture related to Swan Lake, can be found here: What is contemporary in ballet?

Ballet goes hiphop goes ballet...

This lecture explores the relationship between ballet and hip hop, and thus between stage art and popular dance. Using exemplary examples, supported by visual and video material and with reference to the performance Dorian Gray, Gabriele Klein asks how the movement language of hip hop finds its way into contemporary stage art and how this changes both, stage dance and hip hop dance.

Dorian rehearsal

What connects ballet and hip hop

Ballet and hip hop dance are globalised dance forms that come from two different dance genres that could not be more different: Ballet the classical, established, once feudal, now bourgeois art with a stylised language of movement and form; Hip Hop an urban movement practice that has its tradition in black culture.

White European stage art and black popular movement culture are juxtaposed here. But what connects ballet and hip hop? Why do contemporary choreographers engage with hip hop or work with hip hop dancers? How did hip hop find its way into established theatres as an urban art?

Photo: rehearsal Dorian | © Michel Schnater

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Gabriele Klein

Gabriele Klein is Special Professor for ballet and dance at the University of Amsterdam and Professor for dance and performance studies at the University of Hamburg.

The following book publications are related to the lectures:

  • Is this real? Die Kultur des Hip Hop, 6e ed. 2019 (with M. Friedrich)
  • Pina Bausch's Dance Theater. Company, Artistic Practices and Reception, Bielefeld: transcript 2020


  • Dorian can be seen from 11 May to 16 June in Dutch National Opera & Ballet and in various theatres in our country.