Dutch National Ballet presents

Pas de Deux Scapino Ballet & Michiel Borstlap

This show was to been seen in April 2019

A dance concert

Following a successful tour and glowing reactions, Scapino Ballet returns to our theatre with Pas de Deux by choreographer Ed Wubbe and composer Michiel Borstlap. Pas de Deux is a pure dance and music experience; a dance concert in which two worlds come together.

The world of Michiel Borstlap is crystal-clear, with impressive simplicity and harmony. The world of Ed Wubbe is expressive, unsettling and dynamic. The way that dance and music combine and confront one another produces a fascinating performance. One moment, it is graceful and serene, and the next passionate and exciting.

In Ed Wubbe’s choreography, Michiel Borstlap’s live piano music works like a driving force for the dance. And vice versa, the warm piano playing gains a deeper meaning through the dancing, which needs no further narrative.


Michiel Borstlap by Francesco Barasciutti

Michiel Borstlap is one of the best-known Dutch pianists and gives concerts all over the world. He has performed with Lavinia Meijer and Ludovico Einaudi, among others.
Ed Wubbe touches a wide audience with his adventurous productions. The two artists have one thing in common: creating pure magic from the heart.
Dancer Jozefien Debaillie was nominated for a ‘Zwaan’ (the Oscar of Dutch dance) for her role in Pas de Deux. “Almost imperceptibly, she imprints herself on your mind and your heart”.

Scapino Ballet

Scapino Ballet is a high-profile trendsetter in the modern dance world and is popular with a wide young audience. Scapino’s performances are adventurous and innovative, and are created with a sense of entertainment.


“Ed Wubbe has left no music unconquered. Pas de Deux is exceptionally pleasing, graceful, serene and contemplative. Beautiful warm playing by Michiel Borstlap”. - de Volkskrant

“The music resounds with passion. The dancing is tender and wild; a duet that mixes love with conflict. This is a dance cut out for them, which sweeps the audience along”. – Het Parool

“Borstlap’s pieces delve deeper than those of Einaudi, and he plays them with great feeling. Pas de Deux looks beautiful, with excellent dancers”. - Theaterkrant


Each performance at Dutch National Opera & Ballet is preceded by an introductory talk. Experts in the fields of opera, ballet and dance provide background information and interesting details that will enhance your visit to the theatre. The introductions are given in Dutch and are free of charge on production of a valid ticket for the performance. They take place in the Odeonzaal, our new introduction and education space. You can also listen to the introductions at home - beforehand or afterwards - on this website.

Time: 45 minutes prior to curtain-up on each performance
Location: Odeonzaal; entrance between the even-numbered and odd-numbered sections of the cloakroom

Michiel Borstlap

Michiel Borstlap is pianist, composer and pioneer of a new generation of jazz. The generation that thinks less in the box, such as Erik Vloeimans and Benjamin Herman. Since his cum laude graduation in 1992 he has made considerable progress. He was the first Dutchman to win a prestigious American jazz prize, the Thelonious Monk Award. He composed the first Arabic opera, made music with Ludovico Einaudi and Gino Vannelli and received a Gouden Kalf for the film music of Tiramisu.