Dutch National Ballet presents

In the Future Junior Company and amateur dance groups

Tickets on sale
01 Sep 12:00


2021 marks Dutch National Ballet’s 60th birthday. We’ll celebrate with dance groups from across the Netherlands in a participation project called In the Future. All dance styles are welcome, from flamenco to hiphop and from breakdancing to reggaeton.

During In the Future ten amateur dance groups will present their own choreographies. Additionally, the Junior Company will perform Hans van Manen’s ballet In the Future. A festive program with a wide variety of dance styles and at least one common denominator: the love of dance.

Open to everyone

Dance groups can apply until May 2020 (one year before the performance) at operaballet.nl/future. All dance styles are welcome. Selected groups will meet with an artistic team from Dutch National Ballet to discuss style, technique, and the future of dance. 

Sublime play of colours and bodies 

Hans van Manen’s 1986 In the Future, created for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, is set to the pulsing, jazzy music from David Byrne’s album Music for ‘The Knee Plays’. The swinging, jaw-dropping choreography has lost none of its appeal. The Junior Company first performed the work in 2018. Keso Dekker’s costumes — green in front, red on the back — play a crucial role in Van Manen’s sublime play of colours and bodies.

Hans van Manen

David Byrne

Other programme
Various choreographies by Dutch amateur dance groups.

    Mon 16 Mar ERNST MEISNER (Artistic Coordinator Junior Company) about Yes, We can Dance (2011)

    ‘For Dutch National Ballet it was an incredible pleasure to see the high quality and the enormous enthusiasm for dance on a national level’