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Van Manen / Forsythe / ArquésNew Production

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Dutch National Opera and BalletWaterlooplein 22, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
2019 June 14 20:15, June 15 20:15, June 19 20:15, June 20 20:15, June 29 20:15, June 30 14:00
Festival: Holland Festival
Dutch National Ballet
Matthew RoweConductor
Keso DekkerSet DesignerSet & Costumes for *Kleines Requiem*
Tatyana van WalsumCostume DesignerSet & Costumes for *Ignite*
Het Balletorkest
Stephen GallowaySet DesignerSet & Costumes for *Pas/Parts*
Anna TsygankovaDancer
Aya OkumuraDancer
Maia MakhateliDancer
YuanYuan ZhangDancer
Sasha MukhamedovDancer
Young Gyu ChoiDancer
Constantine AllenDancer
Martin ten KortenaarDancer
Edo WijnenDancer
Vera TsyganovaDancer
James StoutDancer

A Holland Festival production

Special premières by three generations of choreographers close out the season: a world première by Young Creative Associate Juanjo Arques, a work by William Forsythe originally created for the Ballet de l’Opera National de Paris, and grand master Hans van Manen’s Kleines Requiem.


Pas/Parts (1999) was one of the last large-scale ballets that Forsythe made in Paris. In 2016 he adapted it for San Francisco Ballet, deeming some sections to be ‘unnecessarily modern’. Characteristic are the pairing of white lighting with a white backdrop and Thom Willems’ electronic score evocative of Renaissance music. The choreography interweaves trios, duets and solos.


In 1993, Dutch master choreographer Hans van Manen created his Kleines Requiem on the darkly mysterious third and fourth parts of Górecki's Kleines Requiem für eine Polka. It opens with dancers criss-crossing the stage, flitting from one end to the other, and progresses to a series of duets that gently ebb and flow together. The tone of the work is at once sad and comforting, alluding to themes of parting, death and solitude. The set and costume design is by Van Manen's long-time artistic partner Keso Dekker.


Juanjo Arqués was appointed young creative associate at Dutch National Ballet in 2017. Heralded as the most promising choreographer of 2017 by German Tanz Magazine, his recent creation Homo Ludens featured in the Made in Amsterdam programme (February 2017), and Ekklesia (2018) in the Junior Company’s In the Future programme. His latest work, Ignite, was created for Dutch National Ballet in coproduction with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and takes its inspiration from William Turner’s famous painting of The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons. With its passages of luminous colour and varying atmospheric effects, Turner’s painting borders on abstraction. In a similar vein, Arqués’ new work appeals to the senses to tell a story, using music as his choreographic canvas and movement as his chromatic palette.

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