Dutch National Ballet presents

Ode to the master Hans van Manen

This show was to been seen in September 2017

Hans van Manen is 85

Duration 2:05

Breaks 2

No choreographer has made such a big mark on dance in the Netherlands as Hans van Manen. In this tribute programme Ode to the master, on the occasion of his eighty-fifth birthday, Dutch National Ballet is adding yet another gem by the master to its repertoire.

Hans van Manen may be 85 this summer, but his international fame is still rising. In July he received the title of 'Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres', both the Mariinsky Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet have taken his ballets into their repertoire, and the Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris is also performing his work. Dutch National Ballet is treating you to four masterly creations in Ode to the master.

Watch the trailer here
Take a look at the rehearsals of Ode to the Master.
Hans van Manen turned 85 this year. Therefore dancers and ballet lovers from all over the world honor this great master of dance.

On the move

New to our company is On the Move, which Van Manen created for Nederlands Dans Theater in 1992. The master choreographer’s characteristic clarity of form and structure is pared down to the bone here, and every line, glance, transition and musical phrase seems inevitable.

Symphonieën der Nederlanden

Symphonieën der Nederlanden is created for the opening of Amsterdam Cultural Capital, in 1987. Listening to Louis Andriessen’s stirring music of the same name, Van Manen imagined American marching bands, and interpreted the music in his own refreshing, sometimes contrary, yet always infectious way.


Just as iconic is Sarcasm, created for Rachel Beaujean and Clint Farha in 1981. This ballet for two dancers and a pianist is about challenging, or even threatening one another. But it is never over the top, as that would detract from the refined chic and eroticism of the choreography.

5 Tangos

Of all the Van Manen ballets, 5 Tangos is probably the one that is performed most often. When he choreographed this piece in 1977, Van Manen introduced Astor Piazzolla’s ‘tango nuevo’ to the Netherlands. Set to five contrasting compositions, the ballet is a sultry duet between the repressed passion of tango with the cool detachment of classical ballet.

Symfonieën der Nederlanden
5 Tango's
On the Move

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.

Matthew Rowe

music director Dutch National Ballet, principal conductor of Dutch Ballet Orchestra

Londoner Matthew Rowe was appointed music director of Dutch National Ballet and chief conductor of Dutch Ballet Orchestra in 2013. From this dual position he plays an important role in the musical and artistic collaboration between ballet company and orchestra.


On the Move
Sergei Prokofiev - Concerto for violin and orchestra no. 1 in D major, opus 19

Symphonieën der Nederlanden
Louis Andriessen - Symphonieën der Nederlanden

Sergei Prokofiev - Cinq Sarcasmes, opus 17

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



Musical accompaniment

Liza Ferschtman - viool
up to and including 3rd of May 2017
Liza Ferschtman took her first violin lessons at the age of five from Philip Hirschhorn. The Dutch violinist now performs in the Netherlands and abroad with leading orchestras like the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. She is also a passionate chamber musician and performs with musicians like Elisabeth Leonskaja, Jonathan Biss, Alisa Weilerstein, Christian Poltera, Julius Drake and many others. Since 2007, she has been the artistic director of the Delft Chamber Music Festival, alongside appearing at other festivals in Europe (Risor, West Cork, Kempten Festival and Prussia Cove) and in the United States. She moves her audiences with her impassioned playing and great stage presence. In 2006, she received the Dutch Music Award, which is the highest accolade for Dutch musicians.

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.


After the performance of Ode aan de meester on  Sunday 24 september, Carel Kraayenhof, musical director of Sexteto Canyengue will be at the shop to sign your purchases. These signing sessions are only for people with tickets for the matinee performance of the same day!

    Mon 13 Feb Trouw about On the Move

    'Van Manen pays tribute to dance in this ballet (..) And once again, it is a breathtaking experience’

    Mon 06 Feb de Volkskrant over Sarcasmen

    'Een indringend staaltje dansexpressie, van partners die elkaar sarren, kwellen en honen, maar blijkbaar ook niet zonder elkaar kunnen.'