Dutch National Ballet presents

Dancing apart together Hans van Manen, David Dawson, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Juanjo Arqués, Ted Brandsen, Ernst Meisner, Sedrig Verwoert & Milena Sidorova

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To our great regret, we are forced to cancel the performance 29 September due to the advice of the central government regarding the Coronavirus. Read more information here: operaballet.nl/corona-update

With many new creations by young choreographers and work by top choreographers such as Hans van Manen and David Dawson, the opening production of the new season forms a unique collage. Born from limitations but also from new possibilities in today's world, Dancing Apart Together lets you experience the rich and pure simplicity of ballet today. In a theatre that has reopened again after a long time, and at a safe distance!

Safety
We have taken careful measures to ensure a safe visit to our theatre, including careful observation of the compulsory 1.5 metre distance in the auditorium and in the foyer.

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Dancing Apart Together - Behind the scenes
Dancing Apart Together - Trailer

Creative responses to today's world

Dancing Apart Together is the creative response to the situation we find ourselves in at this moment. On the programme are existing works, as well as new creations by choreographers who, each in their own way, give shape to ballet in the Netherlands today.

Distance and proximity
Social distancing has been a way of living for months. Do we still dare to touch each other? The need for closeness and intimacy is perhaps stronger than ever. And how can togetherness take shape when distance is still the safer option? These considerations consitute the thematic starting point for the programme.

Working with what we have
Also in a broader sense, the possibilities in today's world have informed the programme. For Dancing Apart Together, we work with choreographers who are somehow connected to our house, and we do without large sets and newly made costumes, aiming to create something new from what is already there. Just like in our current society. This programme is therefore just as much about new values.

String orchestra and piano
A string orchestra and piano currently currently form the basis for the musical part of the programme. The reduced orchestral strength poses limitations. At the same time, however, it provides a focus in musical choices and offers opportunities for new, creative impulses.

Studio: Romanian Folk Dances - Ted Brandsen ©Altin Kaftira
Studio: Romanian Folk Dances - Ted Brandsen
Studio: Romanian Folk Dances - Ted Brandsen ©Altin Kaftira
Studio: Frolicsome - Ted Brandsen ©Altin Kaftira
Studio: Frolicsome - Ted Brandsen ©Altin Kaftira
Studio: Kaddish - Ted Brandsen ©Altin Kaftira
Studio: MANOEUVRE - Juanjo Arqués ©Altin Kaftira
MANOEUVRE - Juanjo Arqués ©Altin Kaftira
Studio: MANOEUVRE - Juanjo Arqués
Studio: MANOEUVRE, Juanjo Arqués
Studio: Reset - Milena Sidorova ©Altin Kaftira
Studio: Reset - Milena Sidorova
Studio: Reset - Milena Sidorova
Studio: On the Nature of Daylight - David Dawson ©Altin Kaftira
Studio: On the Nature of Daylight - David Dawson
Studio: Quasicrystal - Annabelle Lopez Ochoa ©Altin Kaftira
Studio: Quasicrystal - Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Studio: Quasicrystal - Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Solo - Hans van Manen
Solo - Hans van Manen
Studio: Solo - Hans van Manen ©Altin Kaftira
Studio: Solo - Hans van Manen ©Altin Kaftira
Studio: Solo - Hans van Manen ©Altin Kaftira
Repetitie MANOEUVRE Juanjo Arqués | Foto: Paige McFall
Repetitie MANOEUVRE Juanjo Arqués | Foto: Paige McFall
L’Autre Côté - Sedrig Verwoert ©Altin Kaftira
L’Autre Côté - Sedrig Verwoert
L’Autre Côté - Sedrig Verwoert
L’Autre Côté - Sedrig Verwoert

The Programme

From established names to young creators, from modern classics to brand-new new works. On the programme of Dancing Apart Together are:
 
Ted Brandsen - Romanian Folk Dances, Kaddish, Frolicsome Finale and Slot
Ted Brandsen, choreographer and director of the Dutch National Ballet, responds creatively to today's world with four new short choreographies, Romanian Folk Dances, Kaddish, Frolicsome Finale and Slot. These works serve to link together the other choreographies, forging Dancing Apart Together into an inspiring whole.
 

Juanjo Arqués - Solos from MANOEUVRE 
Spanish choreographer Juanjo Arqués, Young Creative Associate with Dutch National Ballet, presens a preview from his work MANOEUVRE, which will have its full world premiere later as part of our Back to Ballet programme. Arqués sets the work to Shaker Loops by John Adams (winner of the Erasmus Prize 2019), in which the movements of waves have been transformed into sound. MANOEUVRE is an exploration of male sensitivity.

Sedrig Verwoert - L’Autre Côté 
Dancer and choroeographer Sedrig Verwoert creates with L’Autre Côté a new work for this performance. He has created several works in recent years, including Oyster (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Amsterdam), The Ritual (Ballet Academy Amsterdam), They/Them and N**** Swan (the latter two in collaboration with Christian Yav). For They/Them he was awarded the BNG Bank Dance Prize 2019. In the same year, he received the Leo Spreksel Award and he was artist-in-residence with contemporary arts centre De Appel in Amsterdam. His work The hard rocks will seem soft to us was presented in the Dutch National Ballet’s programme Dancing Diversity 2019. Sedrig also recently contributed to Beyoncé's visual album Black is King.

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About L’Autre Côté

Milena Sidorova - Reset
As a dancer with the Dutch National Ballet, Milena Sidorova has already created her own distinct work for New Moves and the Junior Company. During the corona crisis, she also created a digital ballet to music by Dutch band Di-rect. For Dancing Apart Together she has been creating a new choreography: Reset.

David Dawson - On The Nature of Daylight
Also on the programme is On the Nature of Daylight by our Associate Artist David Dawson. In this creation from 2007, Dawson explores true love. It is something we all search for. Yet, how are we to find our ideal partner? By chance or by choice? And what happens if we simply fail to meet up with the right person? A piece about the perfectly ordinary yet extraordinary mystery of love, choreographed to music by Max Richter that is balm to the soul.

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David Dawson about On The Nature of Daylight

Ernst Meisner - Largo
Artistic coordinator of the Junior Company, Ernst Meisner, creates Largo for the young talents of this group. In this strange time where so much is not possible, a new generation of young dancers is eager to develop themselves further. They are (just like everyone else) put on hold for a while, but they are ready to show themselves.

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa - Quasicrystal
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, choreographer of Last Resistance and Frida at Dutch National Ballet, creates a new work for 8 dancers, Quasicrystal to music by Henryk Gorecki. The theme for her new creation is the longing for contact, and the anger and resistance we face when we lack it.

Hans van Manen - Solo
"To make compromises is part of the artistic process," says famous Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen. He often consciously imposed restrictions on himself in the creative process in order to achieve greater expression. On the programme is his acclaimed Solo to Bach's 'Partita for Violin': a 'solo' for three consecutive dancers, since, as Van Manen stated at the time, Bach's Violin Partita cannot be performed by just one person because of its murderous tempo. Immediately after the premiere, the ballet was labelled 'a masterpiece in six minutes'. 

    Tue 22 Sep DANCING APART TOGETHER - L'AUTRE CÔTÉ - SEDRIG VERWOERT - TROUW

    Where do you stand in a world suffering from a pandemic and struggling with inequality? In the midst of the evening red, ten dancers are looking for a new sense of community. Gender roles evaporate, positions are claimed with a fist in the air. Perhaps too plastic, but a new, relevant voice in the ballet.

    Tue 22 Sep DANCING APART TOGETHER - RESET - MILENA SIDOROVA - DE VOLKSKRANT

    While Fung lets the two violins converse with orchestra, in her new choreography Reset, Sidorova creates a playful 'conversation' between couples and group. She enriches her strong intuition for aligning high legs with a twist in hand and arm gestures. She also plays with an asymmetry in balance, which continues funny in the sporty suits.

    Tue 22 Sep Dancing Apart Together - Theaterkrant

    Ted Brandsen brings the beautiful duet Kaddish and the group piece Romanian Folk Dances, which from the tragedy slowly seeks a new cheerfulness on the tones of world music. From here there is space for new talent.

    Thu 14 Mar Juanjo Arqués - Seeing Dance about Ignite

    “Intelligent choreography that’s full of interest.”

    Tue 30 Jun Homo Ludens - Financial Times

    Juanjo Arqués opened the proceedings with a breakthrough, Homo Ludens. In this creation, he plays abstract games with an urgent flute concerto by French composer Marc-Andre Dalbavie. In the lead role, the virtuosic Young Gyu Choi, directed the flautist (Sarah Ouakrat) and five couples like a puppet master - before turning into a puppet himself.’

    Thu 09 Jul Hans van Manen - De Volkskrant about Ode aan de Meester

    Van Manen's work has such clear, legible patterns, such a sexy, tough look and such a fresh, adventurous presentation, that it has no chance of being mature.

A rehearsal of Ted Brandsen's work Romanian Folk Dances, one of four new pieces he is creating for our opening program Dancing Apart Together:

Credits Dancing Apart Together

 

Romanian Folk Dances

Choreography
Ted Brandsen
Music
Béla Bartòk,
Roemeense volksdansen
Light design
Bert Dalhuysen
Ballet master
Judy Maelor Thomas
 

Kaddish

Choreography
Ted Brandsen
Music
Maurice Ravel,
Kaddish
Lighting design
Bert Dalhuysen
Ballet masters
Rachel Beaujean
Guillaume Graffin
 

MANOEUVRE

Choreography
Juanjo Arques
Music
John Adams,
Set and costume design
Tatyana van Walsum
Lighting design
Bert Dalhuysen
Dramaturgy
Fabienne Vegt
Ballet masters
Judy Maelor Thomas
Sandrine Leroy
 

L’Autre Côté

Choreography
Sedrig Verwoert
Music
Jermaine Boasman,
o.b.v. muziek van Eric Dubois, Wolfgang Voigt
en POP 1
Poem
Pat Parker,
‘Where will you be’
Lighting design
Bert Dalhuysen en Sedrig Verwoert
Assistant choreographer
Reina Trifunovic
Ballet master
Alan Land
 

Reset

Choreography
Milena Sidorova
Music
Vivian Fung,
Pizzicato en Concerto for 2 Violins and String
Orchestra
Lighting design
Bert Dalhuysen
Ballet master
Sandrine Leroy
 

On the Nature of Daylight

Choreography
David Dawson
Music
Max Richter,
On the Nature of Daylight
Set and lighting design
David Dawson
Costume design
Yumiko Takeshima
Assistant choreographer
Tim Couchman
Ballet master
Charlotte Chapellier
 

Largo

Choreographer
Ernst Meisner
Music
George Friedrich Händel,
Largo (uit Xerxes)
Lighting design
Bert Dalhuysen
Ballet master
Caroline Iura
 

Quasicrystal

Choreography
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music
Henryk Górecki,
Quasi una fantasia, strijkkwartet no. 4,
Op. 64. II. Deciso - Energico: Furioso
Lighting design
Bert Dalhuysen
Ballet master
Sandrine Leroy
 

Solo

Choreography
Hans Van Manen
Music
Johann Sebastian Bach,
Vioolpartita nr. 1 in d-mineur
Set and costume design
Keso Dekker
Lighting design
Joop Caboort
Ballet masters
Rachel Beaujean
Juanjo Arqués
 

Frolicsome Finale

Choreography
Ted Brandsen
Music
Benjamin Britten,
Simple Symphony
Johann Sebastian Bach,
Concert voor 2 violen in d mineur -
Largo ma non tanto
Lighting design
Bert Dalhuysen
Ballet master
Judy Maelor Thomas

Slot

Choreography
Ted Brandsen
Music
Johann Sebastian Bach,
Concerto in d mineur, BWV 974 - Adagio
(to Alessandro Marcello's oboe concerto)
Piano
Michael Mouratch
Costumes
Oliver Haller
Lighting design
Bert Dalhuysen
Ballet master
Judy Maelor Thomas

 

ORCHESTRA

String Orchestra from Dutch Ballet Orchestra conducted by Matthew Rowe

Dutch Ballet Orchestra
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

 

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