16-30 Sep 2023
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage
2:25, incl. 2 intervals
Two masterpieces and two world premieres
Dutch National Ballet is opening the season with Four Temperaments, in which four choreographers from different generations voice their own unique style in dance. What unites them is that all four enter into express dialogue with the music they use. Besides world premieres by Ted Brandsen and Juanjo Arqués, the programme also shows key works from the oeuvres of George Balanchine and Hans van Manen, in which the two master choreographers ingeniously reveal musical details and nuances.
Photo: Marta Syrko
The Four Temperaments
Choreography George Balanchine
Music Paul Hindemith – The Four Temperaments: Theme with Four Variations for String Orchestra and Piano (1940)*
Lighting design Jan Hofstra, Howard Eldridge
The Chairman Dances (world premiere)
Choreography Ted Brandsen
Music John Adams – The Chairman Dances (1985)
Costume design François-Noël Cherpin
Lighting design Wijnand van der Horst
Frank Bridge Variations
Choreography Hans van Manen
Music Benjamin Britten – Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, opus 10 (1937): Introduction and Theme, Adagio, March, Bourrée Classique, Wiener Walzer, Moto Perpetuo, Funeral March, Chant, Fugue and Finale
Set and costume design Keso Dekker
Lighting design Bert Dalhuysen
Full Frontal (world premiere)
Choreography Juanjo Arqués
Music Michael Gordon – Weather One (1997)
Set and costume design Tatyana van Walsum
Lighting design Yaron Abulafia
Sound design Ian Dearden
Dramaturgy Fabienne Vegt
Musical accompaniment Dutch Ballet Orchestra conducted by Matthew Rowe
Along with the printed programme book, we also offer online programme information for this performance. The online programme will take you behind the scenes with in-depth stories, articles, and interviews with the creators and cast.
BALLETS THAT ADD MAGIC TO THE MUSIC
‘Zonder oren zie je niks’
Winner announcement Alexandra Radius Prize
The winner of the Alexandra Radius Prize 2023 will be announced during the premiere of Four Temperaments. Alexandra Radius herself will present the prize – a cash prize of four thousand euros and an artwork by Humphrey Bennet – to him or her. The prize will be awarded for the thirty-fourth time this year.
In Four Temperaments, Dutch National Ballet sets the standards for the new season quite high (...) HNB's artistic director (Ted Brandsen - ed.) shows himself to be a craftsman in The Chairman Dances.
Meanwhile, the central figure, beautifully danced by Young Gyu Choi, regularly grabs his head to illustrate his mental state. [about Full Frontal - ed.]
With The Four Temperaments as a timeless aesthetic beginning and this head-on confrontation with man in modern times (Full Frontal -ed.) at the end, this evening is a four-part celebration of great expression and, above all, captivating dance development.
Powerful quartet with two world premieres (...) Surprising is Ted Brandsen's world premiere.
Phenomenal musicality, a masterly command of the space and a compelling choreographic development (The Four Temperaments)
Frank Bridge Variations is typically one of those pieces you'll never get tired of, no matter how many times you see it.
That subtle play with coquettish seduction can also be seen in George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments (1946), which additionally has a spread ending just above a partner's knees or hips swinging frivolously loose from the lineal harness of classical ballet technique.
Fascinating from start to finish (Frank Bridge Variations).
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.