Dates

13-28 september 2022

Location

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

Running time

t.b.a.

Tickets

From €15

Yugen ROH 2018

Phenomenal ballets about war, power and hope

One of the most gripping works in the history of twentieth-century dance is without a doubt Kurt Jooss' anti-war ballet De Groene Tafel (The Green Table). Because Dutch National Ballet always strives to offer a programme that is as relevant as possible, it feels like the right choice to revive this important and, unfortunately, currently so topical choreography now, in this time of war. We have, therefore, chosen to replace the original season opener Celebrate with the programme Shadows. In addition to De Groene Tafel, this programme features a beautiful, hopeful work by Wayne McGregor and a world premiere by Milena Sidorova to Mozart's Symphony No. 25.

Photo: Yugen (Wayne McGregor) (ROH, 2018) | Photo: Andrej Uspenski

Phenomenal ballets about war, power and hope

The German choreographer Kurt Jooss created the ballet De Groene Tafel in 1932, but its choreography still moves and engages audiences to this day. Jooss’ initial inspiration for this magnum opus was the medieval Danse Macabre, but events in 1930s Germany soon transformed this work into an indictment against abuses of power – stressing the futility of war. We see the ‘big shots’ at a conference table, deciding the fate of soldiers and civilians; while – at the opposite end of the spectrum – the victims of war come together in a silent circle dance, led by a triumphant death.

 

Exceptionally musical

De Groene Tafel is not the only masterpiece to feature in Shadows, Dutch National Ballet will also be presenting the Dutch premiere of Wayne McGregor's Yugen (Japanese for sublime beauty). McGregor’s source of inspiration for this monumental ballet – which met with much acclaim in London in 2018 – was Leonard Bernstein's breathtaking Chichester Psalms, an eclectic mix of Hebrew text, Christian choral music and Broadway jazz. McGregor’s reading of this piece is incredibly musical, and alternates stunning lyrical dance scenes with powerful, dynamic group dances. The famous ceramic artist Edmund de Waal designed the set for Yugen, in which light and shadow play a pivotal role.

 

Timeless and powerful

The third work that will feature in Shadows is Regnum, a world premiere by Ukrainian-Dutch choreographer Milena Sidorova, who has danced with Dutch National Ballet for the past seventeen years and has been the company’s Young Creative Associate since 2021. Mozart's Symphony No. 25 inspired Sidorva to create this most recent piece, performed by 16 dancers. The music is both timeless and powerful, and is central to this ballet that is all about human motives and what people will do – both within personal relationships and society as a whole – to obtain power. For this ballet, Sidorova will be collaborating with game designer Anna Dohy, who is making her debut as a set designer.  François-Noël Cherpin will design the costumes for this piece.

Credits

Regnum
Wereldpremière
Choreography Milena Sidorova
Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Yugen 
Dutch premiere
Choreography Wayne McGregor
Music Leonard Bernstein

De Groene Tafel
Choreography
  Kurt Jooss
Music  Fritz Alexander Cohen

Musical accompaniment
Dutch Ballet Orchestra and the chorus of Cappella Amsterdam
conducted by Matthew Rowe

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Milena Sidorova
Milena Sidorova in the studio | Photo: Altin Kaftira
Milena Sidorova
Milena Sidorova in the studio | Photo: Altin Kaftira
Yugen (2018) ROH | Foto: Andrej Uspenski
Yugen (2018) ROH | Photo: Andrej Uspenski
Yugen (2018) ROH | Foto: Andrej Uspenski
Yugen (2018) ROH | Photo: Andrej Uspenski
Yugen (2018) ROH | Foto: Andrej Uspenski
Yugen (2018) ROH | Photo: Andrej Uspenski
De groene tafel | Photo: Siegfried Regeling
De groene tafel (season 64/65) | Photo: Siegfried Regeling
De Groene Tafel | Photo: Siegfried Regeling
De Groene Tafel (season 64/65) | Photo: Siegfried Regeling
De Groene Tafel | Photo: Siegfried Regeling
De Groene Tafel (season 64/65) | Photo: Siegfried Regeling
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25 June

De Groene Tafel created in 1932, is a phenomenal and expressive ballet(..) timeless beauty sending shivers down my spine

25 June

The first revelation of the evening is Yugen (..) one of the most beautifully achieved dances of McGregor's career.

25 June

Very likely the most powerful antiwar statement ever devised for dance (..) The Green Table is an indisputable masterpiece

25 June

The choreography, multifaceted, effervescent and elusive is suffused with passion – romantic and religious, secular and biblical – and delivered with an unfussy embrace of the classical language (Yugen)

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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