Dutch National Ballet presents

Ode to the Master hans van manen

This show was to been seen in February 2019

Masterpieces from the oeuvre of Hans van Manen

Duration 2:10

Breaks 2

Back by popular demand is Ode to the Master, our sensational 2017 programme paying tribute to master choreographer Hans van Manen on the occasion of his 85th birthday.

Hans van Manen

Though his reputation as one of the world’s master choreographers is long-established, Van Manen lately seems to be enjoying a second international breakthrough, with premier companies like the Marijinski Ballet, Bolsjoi Ballet and Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris recently adding his works to their repertoire. With this living legend as its resident choreographer, Dutch National Ballet is fortunate to be the leading stage for Van Manen’s work. In Ode to the Master, audiences are treated to four masterpieces from his oeuvre.

Ode to the Master

On the Move

On the Move is a new Van Manen added to our repertoire last year. Described in the press as ‘a breathtaking experience’, Van Manen’s choreography embodies the many rhythmic variations of Prokofiev’s First violin concerto with astonishingly apparent ease; every line, glance, transition and musical phrase feels inevitable.

Symphonieën der Nederlanden

bold and sexy
Van Manen created Symphonieën der Nederlanden to kick off Amsterdam’s year as the European Capital of Culture Capital in 1987. The work is set to Louis Andriessen’s music of the same name; a rousing composition evoking images of American marching bands to which Van Manen gave a fresh personal twist in a choreography that is self-assured, bold and sexy.


a lovers’ dialogue
Unrivalled in Van Manen’s famed ‘ballets for two’ series is the iconic Sarcasm, an ironic tug-of-war – with a pianist adding a third protagonist to the mix – in which the dancers push each other to the extreme in an intimate dialogue about love.

5 Tangos

music by Astor Piazzolla
The sensational capstone to Ode to the Master is 5 Tangos, perhaps the most widely performed of all of Van Manen’s creations. With this work, Van Manen introduced the Netherlands to Astor Piazzolla’s tango nuevo in 1977. Set to a sequence of five distinctive compositions, the choreography is a sultry duet between the veiled passion of the tango and the cool remove of ballet.

Hans van Manen


On the Move
Sergej Prokofjev - Concerto for violin and orchestra nr. 1 in D major, opus 19

Symphonieën der Nederlanden
Louis Andriessen - Symphonieën der Nederlanden

Sergej Prokofjev - Cinq Sarcasmes, opus 17

5 Tango’s
Astor Piazzolla -Todo Buenos Aires, Mort, Vayamos al diablo, Resurreccion del angel, Buenos Aires hora cero


Dutch Ballet Orchestra conducted by Matthew Rowe

Since its inception in 1965, the orchestra has been proud to accompany its partners, Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. The working method is unique in the Netherlands. Dutch Ballet Orchestra, with Matthew Rowe as principal conductor, consists of a regular core of 45 musicians, supported where necessary by highly qualified guest performers. This gives the orchestra its unique character: flexible, dynamic and high-quality.
Dutch Ballet Orchestra combines music and dance into a magical experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, and from music education to talent development. The orchestra’s mission is to create an optimal synthesis between music and dance, in order to reach dance-lovers and ballet music enthusiasts, as well as children and youngsters.
The orchestra has received several international awards for its educational projects, including the Young Audiences Music Award in 2016 for Creatures, a collaborative project with dance company ISH.

Violin soloist On the Move: Hebe Mensinga

Carel Kraayenof y su Sexteto Canyengue conducted by Carel Kraayenhof (5 Tangos)

Early eighties Carel Kraayenhof was captivated by the deep melancholy and overwhelming power of the bandoneoneóngle sound. He developed into one of the best known and most versatile tango musicians. In 1985 he founded Tango Cuatro with others and three years later he founded Sexteto Canyengue. In 2002, during her wedding with Willem-Alexander, Princess Máxima - and therefore the whole of the Netherlands - managed to turn Princess Máxima into tears with his interpretation of Piazzolla's Adiós Nonino. In addition to his performances with Sexteto Canyengue, pianist Juan Pablo Dobal and the Kraayenhof Tango Ensemble, Kraayenhof worked with Ennio Morricone, Yo-Yo-Ma, Janine Jansen, Joshua Bell, Quirine Viersen and numerous renowned international orchestras.
In 2012, Queen Beatrix appointed him Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau.

Hans van Manen

Resident choreographer

Hans van Manen has succeeded in bringing modern ballet – as a combination of classical ballet and modern dance and movement techniques – to a wide audience.

    Thu 15 Feb de Volkskrant

    ‘You easily could – indeed should – take kids to see Ode to the Master. They won’t be bored for a minute (...) Van Manen’s work contains such clear and vivid patterns, such a bold and sexy charge and such a fresh adventurous presence that it never gets old.’