Dutch National Ballet presents

Hans van Manen Variations Livestreams

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Jewels from the oeuvre of the Netherland's most famous choreographer

Duration 1 hour and 40 minutes

Via two livestreams and two repetations at the end of February and the start of March, Dutch National Ballet presents six jewels from the rich and varied oeuvre of the Netherlands' most famous choreographer: Hans van Manen. In Hans van Manen Variations, two different casts of dancers will perform both globally performed 'evergreens' and more recent creations by the master choreographer, which may still be unknown to many.

Repetition livestreams

By popular demand we will be repeating Hans van Manen Variations twice! The livestreams shown on the 27th and 28th of February will be available once more on Thursday 4 March and Friday 5 March at 20:15 (8:15PM). A wonderful chance to (one last time) turn the room into a theater and enjoy this beautiful performance!

Repetition 5 March


During the livestreams on 4 and 5 March, the soloists casts from 27 and 28 February will be seen:

Soloists 4 March   Soloists 4 March

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You can enjoy the Hans van Manen: Variations on 27 or 28 February, or 4 or 5 March. Log in on this page again in order to watch the online performance. Our online doors will be opened from one hour before the start of the online performance. Make sure to start the online performance on time and experience the Hans van Manen Variations at home!

Please note! This performance is a livestream and will not remain available afterwards. 


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Sarcasmen ©Hans Gerritsen
Sarcasmen ©Hans Gerritsen
Trois Gnossiennes ©Stephanie Pistel
Two Pieces for HET ©Angela Sterling
Variations for two couples ©Angela Sterling
Variations for Two Couples ©Angela Sterling
Déjà Vu ©Hans Gerritsen
Déjà Vu ©Hans Gerritsen
Adagio Hammerklavier

Choreographic treasure chest

Hans van Manen's work occupies a very important place in Dutch National Ballet's repertoire. Van Manen has created more than thirty ballets especially for our company, but we have also added a large number of the works he created elsewhere to our repertoire. Together, these works form a choreographic treasure chest of which we are extremely proud and from which we can keep drawing. We will be doing this again at the end of February, with two live streams of Hans van Manen Variations, a multifaceted programme that provides you with the opportunity to become (re-)acquainted with no fewer than six jewels from this treasure chest.

 Unique insights! Take a look behind the scenes and see how the dancers prepare for Adagio Hammerklavier.


The programme

One of the most internationally danced Van Manen ballets is undoubtedly Adagio Hammerklavier. In Hans van Manen Variations, this 'twentieth-century dance art classic' is combined with four iconic works from Van Manen's famous series of 'ballets for two'. The programme concludes with Variations for two couples, which he created early in 2012 to celebrate Dutch National Ballet's 50th anniversary and which was awarded the 'Oscar of dance'.

Adagio Hammerklavier
Inspired by an extremely slow performance of Beethoven's Pianosonate nr. 29, the master choreographer explored in his Adagio Hammerklavier just how slow a movement can be. Van Manen himself called the ballet for three couples an 'ode to deceleration’, comparing the result with 'a hoop that, after a push, barely runs, and just manages not to fall over’. The choreography excels in its classical allure and is moving because of the beauty of the pure movement construction, without embroidery or frills.

Another undisputed highlight of Van Manen's career is Sarcasmen. It was made in 1981 for Rachel Beaujean and Clint Farha. As always with Van Manen, human relationships are central in this ballet for two and a pianist. Sarcasmen is about provocation, challenging each other, even tormenting each other, but never 'over the top' - that would detract from the refined chic and eroticism of the choreography. The duet, which received worldwide praise, marked Beaujean’s breakthrough, who was promoted to second soloist after the premiere.

Trois gnossiennes
Trois gnossiennes, set to eponymous music by Erik Satie, was originally the last part of Hans van Manen's Five Short Stories (1982). Later, the choreography - together with Sarcasmen - was part of the programme Pianovariaties, dealing with the (often conflict-ridden) relationship between men and women. After the vile mockery of Sarcasmen (Piano Variations II), Trois gnossiennes (Piano Variations III) seems to be a temporary truce between the sexes. While there is still some subcutaneous tension in the beginning, the atmosphere gradually changes to one of surrender and harmony: the partners have a natural trust in each other and complement each other perfectly. Just like in Sarcasmen, the pianist is an essential part of the choreography.

Déjà vu
Déjà vu'. These words appeared in the early 1990s in a number of reviews of Hans van Manen's ballets. No matter how much praise there was for the master choreographer's work, some critics said he repeated himself too much. This critical note did not fall on deaf ears: Van Manen struck back mercilessly with a sublime and virtuoso duet in which he managed to capture the essence of human relationships in dance with razor-sharp precision and like no other. In just twelve minutes, he sketches a breath-taking field of tension between power struggles and close solidarity.

Two Pieces for HET (dedicated to Rachel Beaujean)
Two Pieces for HET was originally part of Three Pieces for HET, with which Van Manen, after ten years, made a successful comeback at Dutch National Ballet in 1997. Since then, the last two parts of the choreography have stood on their own and together they form one of the masterpieces of Van Manen's highly acclaimed series of ballets for two. The first, dazzling part is performed at a breakneck speed. The second is a tranquil adagio which movement density gradually decreases. "I have pulled out a piece of knitting instead of knitting it", Van Manen himself said about this work.

Variations for two couples
After Van Manen had previously received a Benois de la Danse Lifetime Achievement Award, he received the 'Benois' for best choreography, also regarded as the 'Oscar of dance', for his Variations for two couples, which he created in 2013. During the creation process of this work, Van Manen was inspired by two dance couples, each with a very different speciality: the first lyrical and subdued, the second flamingly virtuoso. "But it is definitely not a competition", emphasised the choreographer on the eve of the premiere. "It's about the personalities of the dancers, which I want to highlight.”

Adagio Hammerklavier © Altin Kaftira
Déjà vu © Altin Kaftira
Sarcasmen © Altin Kaftira

Hans van Manen behind the scenes


Dutch Ballet Orchestra
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.

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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.