23 February 2024


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Souterrain

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€ 12,50

Frida scènefoto met Maia Makhateli

Gender construction in contemporary ballet and dance

“Ballet is a woman” is a phrase by George Balanchine that has gone down in dance history. In the history of ballet, modern and contemporary dance, the examination of gender has always played a central role. What role does dance as a physical art form play in current debates on gender issues?

In the context of the piece Frida, the lecture addresses the role of female artists in dance and the relevance of choreography for the understanding of gender figurations.

Lectures in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam

This event is part of a series organized by the University of Amsterdam and Dutch National Opera & Ballet. The other lectures will be held at the University Theatre of the UvA on 13 and 20 March.

How to choreograph? Choreographic working methods in contemporary dance and ballet

How do choreographers work? How do they develop their pieces? How do revivals take place? The lecture explores these questions and presents various working methods of selected choreographers.

The presentation is based in particular on the results of two research projects: "the choreographic toolbox", a project in which 60 choreographers were involved, and a long-term collaboration with the Tanztheater Wuppertal.

  • Date: 13 March 2024
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: University Theatre

For a coffee with Hans van Manen

Ballet dancer and choreographer Hans van Manen talks about his art, the dance landscape in the Netherlands, dance heritage and the future of ballet and dance. The discussion will be moderated by students of the seminar 'Reconstruction, Deconstruction, Reenactment - How a cultural memory is created for an ephemeral art' by Prof Gabriele Klein.

  • Date: 20 March 2024
  • Time: 17:00
  • Location: University Theatre 

Photo: Altin Kaftira