New Moves Online

New Moves is happening anyway. Online! Investing in new choreographic talent is a must, according to Ted Brandsen, director of Dutch National Ballet. Because of that, ever since he became director in 2003, New Moves takes place, an annual event in which the choreographical talents of dancers from the company can blossom. Unfortunately, the last edition of New Moves in May had to be cancelled. However, our dancers are very creative and keep on creating; not on stage, but online. 

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New Moves: Absence
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New Moves: The Garden
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New Moves: Nana para el Alma
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New Moves: I Can't Breathe
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I Can't Breath - Beatriz Kuperus

During the lockdown, dancer Beatriz Kuperus, élève of Dutch National Ballet, stayed in her home state Colorado. Beatriz was moved by the urgent personal need to express the grief and oppressive sadness that have spread all over the world. And so she did. She created a new choreography titled ‘’I Can’t Breathe’’ right in the middle of the mountains of Colorado.

Danced by Beatriz Kuperus | Music: ‘’Vocalise’’ ("The Ninth Gate") by Wojciech Kilar


The Garden  - Pascal Johnson en Sem Sjouke

Dutch National Ballet X Kröller-Müller Museum

The dance film 'The Garden' is a collaboration between Kröller-Müller and two dancers of Dutch National Ballet, Pascal Johnson and Sem Sjouke. These dancers were inspired by Le Jardin D’email when visiting the Museum in July, and wanted to create something to showcase this piece after it’s 5 year restoration.

With "The Garden', to Hania Rani's composition Summer as result. This work aims to encapsulate the experience of visiting the sculpture Le Jardin D’email, through dance and film. Pascal and Sem were really struck by the sculpture and the juxtaposition it presents between the all white concrete garden surrounded by the nature of the Holge Veluwe. This mirrors the natural relationships between the dancers in the film and the way the choreography was adapted for the space. Much like the gardens were adapted for the Jean Du Buffet’s sculpture.

Choreography and production: Pascal Johnson | Direction and film: Sem Sjouke | Costume design: Michelle Cantwell | Danced by Riho Sakamoto, Khayla Fitzpatrick, Remy Catalan, Martin ten Kortenaar and Daniel Montero Real

Photo: Kayla Fitzpatrick


Absence - Daniel Robert Silva

"As a black artist I felt the necessity to express the way I feel in this very hard and challenging times. We all deserve to be free, respected and seen! I want to thank my great friend Robin van Zutphen, who made this possible. Sarali thank you for capturing and adding your perspective in this project. Special thanks to NDSM Loods for opening up your beautiful space for us." Daniel Robert Silva

Choreography: Robin van Zutphen | Film production: Sarali

Investing in new choreographical talent is a must, because of which we have started New Moves online. 

- Ted Brandsen, Artistic director of Dutch National Ballet


Nana para el alma - Pascal Johnson and Sem Sjouke

Where can I find peace? Where can I go?  How can I find a place, between struggle and acceptance. Where can I soothe my soul?

This video is titled Nana para el Alma and is made by Corps de Ballet dancer Pascal Johnson and Grand Sujet Sem Sjouke. Pascal: "The concept and the choreography for this dance arose during the lockdown. In this temporary reality we were forced to relax and to find our way in the new 'normal'. For me, Nana para el Alma was a way to reconnect to dance and to rediscover my love for the art of dance." Sem Sjouke has directed and filmed the choreography. "It was very special to work on this project together and to experience my choreography through Sem's lens. It gives a new perspective to this dance."

Pascal was inspired by the music, 'Nana' by the Spanish singer-songwriter Rosalía, and by the location, the Pythonbrug. The 93-metres-long, red, snake-like bridge between Sporenburg and Borneo-island. One of the most special bridges in Amsterdam. 

Danced by Pascal Johnson | Direction and film: Sem Sjouke | Costume design: Asa Carney