30 Mar-14 Apr 2024


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

Running time

2:15, incl. 2 intervals


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Dancing Dutch Floor Eimers Timothy van Poucke Nederlandse dansers

Kylián / Van Manen / Dawson / Sidorova

Dancing Dutch brings together four choreographers who despite their different origins have roots in our country, where they celebrated their first big successes. For the first time, Dutch National Ballet is dancing a creation by Jiří Kylián, the choreographer who brought international success to Nederlands Dans Theater for over thirty years. The programme also comprises a masterpiece by the most famous choreographer of the Netherlands, Hans van Manen, and premiere ballets by Associate Artist David Dawson and Young Creative Associate Milena Sidorova.

Photo: Marta Syrko

Kylián / Van Manen / Dawson / Sidorova

The Dutch National Ballet premiere of Wings of Wax fulfils the dream of many a dancer with the company: finally getting the chance to dance a work by Jiří Kylián, one of the greatest choreographers of our time. In this ballet, inspired by the workings of gravity and the famous myth of Icarus, Kylián conjures with movement. It is never predictable and never looks forced, yet the eye can barely follow all that happens.


Humour and aggression

Hans van Manen’s Concertante is a fascinating ballet, interspersed with humour and aggression, set to Petite symphonie concertante, by the Swiss composer Frank Martin, who, in 2024, died fifty years ago. Even in the most dynamic solos and intense pas de deux, the work demonstrates the refined simplicity, visual logic and musicality so typical of Van Manen’s work.


Idealist ballet

Another important new acquisition is ANIMA ANIMUS, created by David Dawson in 2018 for San Francisco Ballet. The mesmerizing ballet, set in Dawson’s unique style, explores various contradictions: virtuosity versus humanity, light versus dark, individual versus group, and animus versus anima (the male aspect of women versus the female aspect of men).

Milena Sidorova – who has already created several successful works for Dutch National Ballet as a Young Creative Associate – is treating us to a world premiere as the fourth piece in Dancing Dutch.

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General ticket sales for Dancing Dutch start on 24 August 2023 at 12.00 midday. Want to make sure you don’t miss this moment? Then sign up for the ticket alert, and we’ll send you a reminder as soon as ticket sales begin.


Wings of Wax
Premiere for Dutch National Ballet
Choreography  Jiří Kylián
Music  Heinrich Biber, John Cage, Philip Glass, Johann Sebastian Bach
Set design  Jiří Kylián, Michael Simon
Costume design  Joke Visser
Lighting design  Michael Simon

Choreography  Hans van Manen 
Music  Frank Martin
Set and costume design  Keso Dekker
Lighting design  Joop Caboort

Anima Animus
Premiere for Dutch National Ballet 
Choreography  David Dawson 
Music  Ezio Bosso
Set design  John Otto
Costume design  Yumiko Takeshima
Lighting design  James F. Ingalls

World premiere
Choreography  Milena Sidorova 

Musical accompaniment  Dutch Ballet Orchestra conducted by Thomas Herzog

Wings of Wax contains so many beautiful things that actually you should see it again straight away’


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 Jiří Kylián
Photo: Anton Corbijn

Interview with choreographer Jiří Kylián

Concertante - Hans van Manen (2022)
Concertante - Hans van Manen (2022) | Photo: Altin Kaftira
Concertante - Hans van Manen (2022)
Concertante - Hans van Manen (2022) | Photo: Altin Kaftira
Concertante - Hans van Manen (2022)
Concertante - Hans van Manen (2022) | Photo: Altin Kaftira

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 its activities 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 Dance Collective) 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.

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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