Dutch National Ballet presents

Hans van Manen Live

This show was to been seen in September 2015


Duration 2:00

Breaks 2




The oeuvre of the Netherlands’ best-known choreographer, Hans van Manen, is of inestimable value to Dutch National Ballet. In the programme Hans van Manen Live, the company is adding a gem by the master to its repertoire, Two Gold Variations, and at long last there will be a revival of his iconic work Live.

Metaforen - Hans van Manen Live
Behind the scenes at Metaforen (1965), an ‘early’ Van Manen. At the time, the male duet was quite revolutionary.
Twilight - Hans van Manen Live
Behind the scenes at Twilight, part of Hans van Manen Live! A dancer on high heels is engaged in a continuous game of tension and discharge.
Two Gold Variations - Hans van Manen Live
In the studio at Two Gold Variations of Hans van Manen. The ballet is a premiere for our company.
Live - Hans van Manen
Kijk achter de schermen bij de repetities van Hans van Manen Live. Met Igone de Jongh en Hans van Manen.

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.


Of the 125 ballets Van Manen has made to date, Live is undoubtedly the most legendary. Van Manen created it in 1979 as part of the full-length Live/Life. Since then, the ballet for one female dancer with a cameraman has move tens of thousands of people to tears. Live has only been shown once before in Dutch National Opera & Ballet, during the twelfth Ballet Gala presented by Stichting Dansersfonds ’79 in 2003.

Videomaster 1st cast: Henk van Dijk

Videomaster 2nd cast: Mathieu Gremillet


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Metaforen (1965) is an ‘early’ Van Manen, but it already displayed all the master’s hallmarks. At the time, the male duet was quite revolutionary, and was regarded by many people as provocative, while Van Manen merely wanted to show that a pas de deux could just as easily be danced by two men.


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Twilight is a ‘ballet-for-two’, a genre in which Van Manen excels. It is a sensitive, highly charged piece, inspired byJohn Cage’s The Perlilous Night; a ‘drama’ that revolves around tension and discharge.


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Two Gold Variations

Two Gold Variations is a premiere for our company. Van Manen created it in 1999 for Nederlands Dans Theater to Jacob ter Veldhuis’ Goldrush Concerto, and it has not been performed in the Netherlands since then. The ballet evokes an atmosphere of an increasingly heated dialogue between a man and a woman, multiplied by six other couples.


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Franz Liszt - Sospiri, Bagatelle sans tonalité, Wiegenlied, Vier kleine Klavierstücke, Abschied

Jean-Yves Daniël-Lesur - Variations pour piano et orchestre à cordes

John Cage - The Perilous Night (for prepared piano)

Two Gold Variations
Jacob ter Veldhuis - Goldrush Concerto: Goldmine, All this Gold this Mountain has


Dutch Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Rowe

Dutch Ballet Orchestra

This year, Dutch Ballet Orchestra is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Since its foundation in 1965, the orchestra has been proud to accompany Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater as a regular partner.

Through Dutch Ballet Orchestra, music and dance come together to form a wonderful experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, and from music education to talent development.

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 a unique character: incredibly flexible, dynamic and high-quality.

Dutch Ballet Orchestra is an orchestra with a mission, to achieve the ultimate synergy between dance and music.


    Fri 18 Sep Financial Times Hans van Manen Live - Goldrush Concerto (2015)

    There's exciting, high-octane dance with multiple entrances and exits, before focus and calm descend with Igone de Jong and Jozef Varga in a slow duet suffused with anguish and distress. It makes a strong contrast.