Hans van Manen, one of the world’s most influential choreographers and ambassadors for dance, is to become the patron of the National Ballet Academy. Ted Brandsen, artistic director of the Dutch National Ballet, is to become the artistic advisor to the National Ballet Academy.
Both appointments were announced by the artistic director of the National Ballet Academy, Christopher Powney, on Thursday 27 June, prior to the premiere of the National Ballet Academy’s graduation performance, Dansers van Morgen, in the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam.
As a tribute to their new patron, the National Ballet Academy presented Hans van Manen’s Trois Gnossiennes at their graduation performance. Trois Gnossiennes is one of the choreographer’s most widely performed ballets around the world.
At the special request of Christopher Powney, the new artistic advisor Ted Brandsen created the ballet Verge for four students of the academy. The Dutch premiere of the work took place last night. After the summer, the four dancers in Verge will be joining the new Junior Company of the Dutch National Ballet, the springboard for young ballet dancers in the Netherlands. Although each dancer in Verge has their ‘own moment’, Brandsen wants to emphasise in his ballet that dance brings people together. Talking about working with the students, Brandsen said, “This creation gave me the opportunity to get to know them better already”.
Hans van Manen, Ted Brandsen and Christopher Powney.