Dutch National Ballet | OVERTURE/DAVID DAWSON LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS/SHEN WEI

April 18, 2013

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Dutch National Ballet | OVERTURE/DAVID DAWSON LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS/SHEN WEI

dutch national ballet

* World première Le Sacre du Printemps (Rite of
Spring) – Shen Wei

* World première Overture – David Dawson

* Performances as part of the Holland Festival, 15 until 22 June at The  Amsterdam Music Theatre

The Dutch National Ballet’s contribution to the Holland Festival 2013 consists  of two world premieres by two contemporary choreographers who are counted among  the most important of their generation. Shen Wei, originally from China and known for his impressive contribution to the opening ceremony of the 2008  Olympic Games in Beijing, is creating a work for a Dutch company for the first time. One hundred years after it was first performed, Wei is creating a new ballet on the world famous ballet composition Le Sacre du Printemps (Rite of Spring) by Igor Stravinsky.

David Dawson, who has recently choreographed some remarkable works for some renowned companies returns to The Dutch National Ballet with a new work Overture. Szymon Brzóska composes new music for Overture, Eno Henze designs a spectacular video set.

The world premiere of Overture/David Dawson – Le Sacre du Printemps/Shen Wei will be danced by the Dutch National Ballet on Saturday 15 June in The Amsterdam Music theatre and runs until Saturday 22 June 2013 as part of the Holland Festival 2013.

David Dawson

British choreographer David Dawson was acquainted as a dancer for the Dutch National Ballet until 2000 and as Resident Choreographer until 2006. Dawson, who is currently working as a freelance choreographer from his base in Berlin, has recently choreographed works for English National Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet and the Mariinsky (formerly Kirov) Ballet. Though Dawson’s work is based on classical ballet technique, the British choreographer interprets it in a very personal, modern-poetic way. Recently he created the overwhelming timelapse/(Mnemosyne) (2011) and day4 (2012) for the Dutch National Ballet.

OVERTURE/DAVID DAWSON – LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS/SHEN WEI

Overture (world premiere)

choreography: David Dawson

music: Szymon Brzóska – The Main Event (new composition)

set- and video-design: Eno Henze

Le Sacre du Printemps (world premiere)

choreography: Shen Wei

music: Igor Stravinsky – Le Sacre du Printemps

Accompanied by Holland Symfonia conducted by Matthew Rowe

Performances in The Amsterdam Music Theatre

Sat 15, Sun 16, Tues 18, Wed 19, Fri 21 and Sat 22 June 2013.

Curtain up 20:15, Sun 16 June curtain up 14:00.

Admission

From € 15,- to € 48,,-

Discounts applicable to holders of stadspas and CJP, and to age 16 and under

Last-minute student tickets: € 15

Tickets are available from the box office of The Amsterdam Music Theatre  (020) 625 54 55 and the AUB-ticketshop on the Leidseplein in Amsterdam. Tickets  can be booked online via the website.

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