Follow the link below to read the preface by Ted Brandsen, director of Dutch National Ballet.
Follow the link below to read the synopses of Manoeuvre, Frank Bridge Variations and The Four Temperaments.
“As the violin often plays the most intimate and emotional pieces of a ballet, the role of concertmaster and first violinist in the Dutch Ballet Orchestra is a wonderful and interesting job. It involves an extra challenge, as the dancers on stage may have different requirements, which demands a degree of flexibility you don’t normally need as an orchestral musician. You have to remain alert and keep watching the conductor, who knows what’s happening on stage and how the orchestra can adapt.
I find the dancers and their incredible work ethic hugely inspiring. Night after night, they give their all, which makes me extra motivated to do the same. The compositions in this production, on themes like human emotion and personality, also form a rich palette of things to explore. This human interaction, found in the music as well as between the dancers and musicians, makes it intriguing and rewarding to play the compositions.”