DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET

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MASTERPIECES FROM THE OEUVRE OF HANS VAN MANEN
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Though his reputation as one of the world’s master choreographers is long-established, Van Manen lately seems to be enjoying a second international breakthrough, with premier companies like the Marijinski Ballet, Bolsjoi Ballet and Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris recently adding his works to their repertoire. With this living legend as its resident choreographer, Dutch National Ballet is fortunate to be the leading stage for Van Manen’s work. The audience of Spoleto is treated to three masterpieces from his oeuvre.

ADAGIO HAMMERKLAVIER
chor Hans van Manen
music Ludwig van Beethoven
costume and set design Jean-Paul Vroom
lighting design Jan Hofstra

Adagio Hammerklavier is regarded worldwide as one of the classics of twentieth-century dance. Van Manen himself calls the ballet for three couples ‘an ode to deceleration’. Inspired by an adagio from a Beethoven piano sonata, Van Manen investigates just how slow a movement can be. He once described the result as ‘a wheel that is still just moving after a push, just before it falls’.

KLEINES REQUIEM
chor Hans van Manen
music Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
costume and set design Keso Dekker
lighting design Joop Caboort

In 1993, Dutch master choreographer Hans van Manen created his Kleines Requiem on the darkly mysterious third and fourth parts of Górecki´s Kleines Requiem für eine Polka. It opens with dancers criss-crossing the stage, flitting from one end to the other, and progresses to a series of duets that gently ebb and flow together. The tone of the work is at once sad and comforting, alluding to themes of parting, death and solitude. The set and costume design is by Van Manen´s long-time artistic partner Keso Dekker.

5 TANGOS
chor Hans van Manen
music Astor Piazzolla
costume and set design Jean-Paul Vroom
lighting design Jan Hofstra

The sensational 5 Tangos is perhaps the most widely performed of all of Van Manen’s creations. With this work, Van Manen introduced The Netherlands to Astor Piazzolla’s tango nuevo in 1977. Set to a sequence of five distinctive compositions, the choreography is a sultry duet between the veiled passion of the tango and the cool remove of ballet.

INFORMATION

05 July
21:30
Teatro Romano
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gold area €60,00
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06 July
21:30
Teatro Romano
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gold area €60,00
central one seat €55,00
lateral one seat €48,00
07 July
21:30
Teatro Romano
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gold area €60,00
central one seat €55,00
lateral one seat €48,00

BIOGRAPHIES
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HET NATIONALE BALLET
Dutch National Ballet develops, produces and presents ballet at the highest international level. Read
HANS VAN MANEN
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. Read

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