Dutch National Ballet presents

Grimm Junior Company and ISH

This show was to been seen in April 2020



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In the world of GRIMM, Cinderella walks in sneakers and other familiar fairy tale characters are all given a funky twist. This is no sugar-coated fable, but a modern-day romp in which ballet and hip-hop dancers propel each other to ever greater heights.

A co-creation by Ernst Meisner and Marco Gerris, GRIMM fuses the stories of Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel into one big adventure in which all the characters dance ‘happily ever after’. This season, Dutch National Ballet takes the hit production on a national tour.

GRIMM parade of fairy tale characters

GRIMM is a story about two boys who find themselves in a fantasy world populated by Little Red Riding Hood, the big bad wolf, the seven dwarves, Rapunzel, Snow White, the wicked stepmother, Cinderella and a host of other familiar faces. The plots of all the famous fables tangle together, sweeping the boys along in a humorous parade of fairy tale characters. And as in any good story, love, jealousy, friendship, intrigue, thirst for power and the battle between good and evil take centre stage.

Ballet meets hip-hop

The choreography is a collaboration between Junior Company artistic coordinator Ernst Meisner and Marco Gerris, artistic director of ISH Dance Collective, who also teamed up in 2015 to create the hugely successful Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. GRIMM reunites the two companies, with ballerinas and hip-hoppers challenging and surprising each other and along the way forging a new dance style all their own.


Magical world in music

The score for GRIMM was created by British composer and sound artist Scanner (Robin Rimbaud). ‘Most of the music is electronic. Here and there I manipulate sounds in the soundtrack, by slowing them down for example, in order to create a magical world.’

Choreography and staging Ernst Meisner and Marco Gerris
Music Scanner
Video and set design Aitor Biedma
Costume design Studio RUIM, René van der Leest, Sigrid van Kleef
Lighting design Mike den Ottolander

    Tue 12 Feb Trouw, 2018

    GRIMM is without a doubt the most imaginative dance performance of this theatre season. (…) Want to see four hip-hop dwarves dance the famous pas de quattre from Swan Lake? This is your chance!





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