13-28 Sep 2022
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage
2:30 incl. 2 intermissions
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 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 The Green Table, this programme features a beautiful, hopeful work by Wayne McGregor and a world premiere by Milena Sidorova to Mozart's Symphony No. 25.
Choreography Milena Sidorova
Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Choreography Wayne McGregor
Music Leonard Bernstein
The Green Table
Choreography Kurt Jooss
Music F.A. Cohen
Dutch Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Rowe, and the chorus of Cappella Amsterdam, directed by Daniel Reuss
Soloist Nationale Koren (Yugen)
Rik de Jong (boy soloist)
Piano (The Green Table)
‘This is a huge honour, but also a tremendous responsibility’
Interview with Jeanette Vondersaar about The Green Table
'Shadows' is unforgettable muscle ball dance from the trench'
[The Green Table] Death is played icily by Giorgi Potskhishvili, and Anna Tsygankova is moving as she moves through despair and grief to resignation. But the entire cast is simply fantastic.
[Yugen] The Hebrew chants in this layered composition, a very nice one-two punch between Het Balletorkest and Cappella Amsterdam, direct the dances as if in a moving natural landscape of emotions.
'The Green Table' is compulsory reading for politicians'
The Green Table still looks strong and convincing 90 years after its premiere. Droll but subdued in the scenes with world leaders around the green table.
[Yugen] Timothy van Poucke is the central character, whose movements express a deep longing for redemption.
'War misery and humanity in successful dance triptych Shadows'
Clapping for Death. It sounds a bit wry, but the powerful way in which the young Georgian dancer Giorgi Potskhishvili (21) plays the character of Death in The Green Table (1932) deserves praise.
[Regnum] Sidorova shows herself to be especially talented in how she brings large groups of dancers onto the stage in swinging rows to Mozart's Symphony No 25, played live by The Ballet Orchestra.
[The Green Table] Anti-war ballet from 1932 forms impressive finale to a relevant evening''
''Both pianists, Olga Khoziainova and Mikhail Murach, play F. A. Cohen's original composition fabulously well.
[Regnum] Sidorova was born in Ukraine and makes the connection visible with the country under fire in her piece that deals with power.
[Yugen] Although the piece begins with tight lines, it unfolds as a captivating emotional journey with dancer Timothy van Poucke as the leading motif.
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.