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Shooting Stars

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Leidse SchouwburgOude Vest 43, Leiden, South Holland, 2312 XS, Netherlands
Dates/times in Amsterdam time zone

Every year, the most talented of over 700 applications from young dancers all over the world are selected to join Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company. The ensemble regularly performs in the productions of the ‘main’ company, but is mostly acclaimed for its own touring productions. This season, the group is touring theatres around the Netherlands with Shooting Stars, a programme that includes classics as well as exciting contemporary world premieres.

The Junior Company has enjoyed great success on the international scene. For example, at the beginning of 2020, shortly before the first corona lockdown, the company gave three hugely successful performances in Indonesia. Moreover, over forty percent of the ranks of Dutch National Ballet is now made up of former Junior Company dancers, including no fewer than eight soloists at present. So Shooting Stars is the ideal opportunity to get to know the stars of the future.

In Shooting Stars, the company will dance the classical ‘Pas de Six’ from the acclaimed version of Swan Lake choreographed by former artistic director Rudi van Dantzig. The choreography demands flawless execution and strong charisma. Also demanding is Ballet 101, a humorous yet technically challenging male solo by the Canadian choreographer Eric Gauthier. In his choreography, he uses the basic positions of classical ballet as the starting point for a hilarious crash course.

Shooting Stars also includes three world premieres by choreographers with great promise. The first new work is by the Ukrainian-Dutch maker Milena Sidorova, who had a huge hit during the first lockdown with Hold On, to the number of the same name by DI-RECT, and recently with her passionately intimate dance film Rose (which can be viewed on YouTube until the end of 2021). The second premiere is by the British choreographer Peter Leung, who is known for the way he ‘stretches’ the limits of classical ballet. And the third creation is by the Spaniard Marta Reig Torres, who up to now has made her name mainly in the modern dance scene.

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