Dutch National Ballet | New Season 2014-15

February 26, 2014

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DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET PRESENTS THE 2014 – 2015 SEASON

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* World premieres by Hans van Manen, Christopher Wheeldon, David Dawson and Ernst Meisner

* Dutch premieres by John Neumeier and Wayne McGregor

* Revivals of Rudi van Dantzig’s Swan Lake, Christopher Wheeldon’s

Cinderella & George Balanchine’s Jewels

* International tours to China, Paris and London

* Junior Company creates co-production with ISH

In the new season, Dutch National Ballet will present a special and varied programme, with four world premieres and two Dutch premieres. By tradition, the season opens with a festive Gala, and there are revivals of favourite classics, works from the world repertoire and internationally successful productions that were created for the company. There are international tours planned to China, France and the United Kingdom.

In its second season, the Junior Company’s programme will include a co-production with urban dance company ISH.

Four world premieres

Hans van Manen, resident choreographer with the Dutch National Ballet, and Ernst Meisner, artistic coordinator of the Junior Company, are each presenting a world premiere in the programme Back to Bach. In this programme, danced to music from the oeuvre of one of the greatest composers of all time, Johann Sebastian Bach, there will also be revivals of ballets by Krzysztof Pastor and David Dawson.

The two other world premieres this season come from Christopher Wheeldon and David Dawson, both in the programme Cool Britannia. In Cool Britannia, the Dutch National Ballet is bringing together three important contemporary choreographers from Britain. The programme is completed with the Dutch premiere of Wayne McGregor’s Chroma.

Dutch premieres

Besides the work by Wayne McGregor, the Dutch National Ballet is also presenting the Dutch premiere of John Neumeier’s La Dame aux Camélias, one of his most famous works and one of the most important narrative ballets of the past fifty years. The ballet is based on the novel of the same name by Alexandre Dumas, which is also known for Verdi’s adaptation of it in the opera La traviata.

Revivals

Throughout the season, the Dutch National Ballet will be dancing Rudi van Dantzig’s Swan Lake. In December 2014, Christopher Wheeldon’s award-winning Cinderella will return. Jewels, the famous triptych by the great dance innovator of the 20th century, George Balanchine, is returning to the company after nine years.

International tours

A tour to China is planned for October and November 2014. Dutch National Ballet will be dancing a total of eight performances in the cities of Beijing and Shanghai. The programme includes the classic Giselle and a varied Gala
programme. In March 2015, the company is touring to China once again, this time taking five performances of Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella to Hong Kong. Cinderella will also be touring to Paris and London in June and July 2015, for a total of ten performances.

The Junior Company

In its second season (2014-2015), the Junior Company is creating a co-production with urban dance company ISH. Marco Gerris, artistic director of ISH, and Ernst Meisner, artistic coordinator of the Junior Company, are making a production where hiphop and ballet meet. The production Narnia: The lion, the witch and the wardrobe is inspired by the book of the same name by C.S. Lewis from his series The chronicles of Narnia.

The Junior Company is also presenting a new touring programme, which will travel all over the Netherlands, and a revival of The little big chest, a dance performance for young children.

DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET

2014 | 2015 season

GALA

Surprise programme, opening of the season.

13 September 2014 – Dutch National Opera & Ballet

SWAN LAKE

Choreography: Rudi van Dantzig after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov,

in collaboration with Toer van Schayk.

music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

14 to 28 September 2014 – Dutch National Opera & Ballet

6 to 15 November 2014 – Dutch National Opera & Ballet

1 to 8 March 2015 – Dutch National Opera & Ballet

BACK TO BACH

music Johann Sebastian Bach

World premiere

choreography: Hans van Manen

music: not yet known

World premiere

choreography: Ernst Meisner

music: not yet known

In Light and Shadow

choreography: Krzysztof Pastor

music: aria from Goldberg Variations and Orchestral Suite No. 3

A Million Kisses to my Skin

choreography: David Dawson

music: Concerto for cembalo, strings and basso continuo

11 to 19 October 2014 – Dutch National Opera & Ballet

8 to 23 May 2015 – Dutch tour

CINDERELLA

choreography: Christopher Wheeldon

music: Sergei Prokofiev

12 December 2014 to 1 January 2015 – Dutch National Opera & Ballet

JEWELS

choreography: George Balanchine

Emeralds

music: Gabriel Fauré

Rubies

music: Igor Stravinsky

Diamonds

music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

12 to 26 February 2015 – Dutch National Opera & Ballet

19 February 2015 – Lucent Danstheater, The Hague

25 February 2015 – Stadsschouwburg Utrecht

LA DAME AUX CAMÉLIAS

Dutch premiere

choreography: John Neumeier

music: Frédéric Chopin

10 to 26 April 2015 – Dutch National Opera & Ballet

COOL BRITANNIA

World premiere

choreography: Christopher Wheeldon

music: not yet known

World premiere

choreography: David Dawson

music: Greg Haines

Chroma – Dutch premiere

choreography: Wayne McGregor

music: Joby Talbot

17 to 27 June 2015 – Dutch National Opera & Ballet

NEW MOVES

Choreography workshop

22 to 27 June – Dutch National Opera & Ballet (studio)

JUNIOR COMPANY

2014 | 2015 season

THE LITTLE BIG CHEST

choreography: Ernst Meisner

music: Alastair Broadley

27 October to 2 November 2014 – Dutch National Opera & Ballet (studio)

TOURING PROGRAMME

various choreographic works

tour of the Netherlands from 6 February 2015. For performance dates, go online

NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

World premiere

choreography: Marco Gerris and Ernst Meisner

music: not yet known

8 to 11 May 2015 – Dutch National Opera & Ballet

DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET

Over the past decades, the Dutch National Ballet has grown into a leading ballet company that is regarded as one of the best in the world. With around 78 dancers – from all corners of the world – the Dutch National Ballet is the largest dance company in the Netherlands.

The Dutch National Ballet has given performances all over the world: from Amsterdam to New York, and from Beijing to Moscow. From its inception in 1961, the Dutch National Ballet has been led by Sonia Gaskell, Rudi van Dantzig, Wayne Eagling and Ted Brandsen, successively. The latter, who is a choreographer and ex-dancer with the Dutch National Ballet, was appointed artistic director in 2003.

Every year, the Dutch National Ballet gives over 70 performances in its own theatre, alongside dozens of touring performances in the Netherlands and abroad. The majority of the performances are accompanied by Holland Symfonia.

The Dutch National Ballet has a rich repertoire of full-length classical ballets, new productions of these classics, important works of the 20th century – particularly those choreographed by Balanchine – and contemporary works by leading choreographers like Hans van Manen, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Krzysztof Pastor, William Forsythe and David Dawson.

In August 2013, the Junior Company was founded, in close cooperation with the National Ballet Academy. The Junior Company thus forms the ideal springboard for young dance talent.

In 2013, the Dutch National Ballet filled houses to an average of 84% capacity.

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