In 2012, the Dutch National Ballet will be touring the country with a varied programme.
Peter Leung, choreographer and coryphée with the Dutch National Ballet, has created a new work, Spiegels (Mirrors), for SOUK, a spectacular concert and dance festival. In the 2012 edition of this festival, stars of the Arab world will share the stage with the symphony orchestra Holland Symfonia, dancers from the Dutch National Ballet and other Dutch artists. Popular Arabic pop, Western classical and pop music, and traditional Arabic music, poetry and dance are combined in a unique formula for a fantastic evening’s entertainment. The meeting between the different cultures and art forms will take place until past midnight in the main auditorium and the foyers of the classical theatres.
For SOUK, choreographer Peter Leung has created a pas de deux to the song Abdulmajid from the Heroes Symphony by Philip Glass. The symphony is based on the composition Heroes, by David Bowie and Brian Eno, and refers to David Bowie’s wife, the Somali supermodel Iman Abdulmajid. The pas de deux will be danced by grand sujet Sasha Mukhamedov and principal Casey Herd.
28 april 2012: De Doelen, Rotterdam
3 mei 2012: Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven
5 mei 2012: Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
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To celebrate sixty years of the Nieuw-West district of Amsterdam and the fiftieth anniversary of the Dutch National Ballet, a festive meeting will be held in De Meervaart on the theme A Thousand and One Nights.
The starting signal will be given on 22 May 2012 in Theater De Meervaart and the first introduction will be made to what will result in an extensive participation project with various dance companies in Amsterdam West. Under the title Stardust, the day will include a varied programme jointly presented by the Turkish folk dance group Tugra and the Dutch National Ballet. Peter Leung, coryphée with the Dutch National Ballet, has choreographed a new work for the Turkish dancers especially for the occasion. Tugra will also be dancing two traditional Turkish works, Halaj and Zeybek, which will have live musical accompaniment. The Dutch National Ballet is presenting a cross-section of its ballet repertoire, danced by young stars from the company. The programme will include fragments from Giselle, the ballet Solo by Hans van Manen and works by upcoming choreographic talents from within the company’s ranks: Peter Leung, Remi Wörtmeyer and Milena Sidorova.
There will be another meeting in Theater De Meervaart on Sunday 28 October.
As a universal and non-verbal art form, dance is able to transcend barriers erected between cultures, religions and social groups. So the Dutch National Ballet would like to welcome as many citizens of Amsterdam as possible to our performances, and we extend a warm invitation to everyone.
The Dutch National Ballet is not only concerned with conserving and performing existing repertoire. It is also a centre for development in dance. In the coming years, the Dutch National Ballet will be making space for experimenting and for meeting new target groups. In the past, the company has cooperated with Amsterdam organisations in producing two exciting editions of Swan Lake Bijlmermeer.
Stardust by the Dutch National Ballet and Dansgroep Tugra will be presented on Tuesday 22 May. On the same day, the Dutch National Ballet is also dancing a performance of The little big chest (4+).
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> about dansgroep tugra
In March 2012, the Dutch National Ballet will be touring the country with a varied programme and staying for two weeks in Brabant and Limburg. The Dutch National Ballet caravan will tour the cities of Tilburg, Breda, Den Bosch, Eindhoven, Heerlen and Maastricht, presenting a whole array of ballet events. During their stay, the Dutch National Ballet will present the classic Swan Lake, as well as exclusive premieres by young choreographers. The programme also comprises exciting location performances, workshops, projects in schools, collaborative projects with local partners, lectures and debates.
hans van manen programme
Wed 7 March 2012, Schouwburg, Tilburg
Thurs 8 March 2012, Chassé Theater, Breda
Fri 9 March 2012, Schouwburg, Tilburg
Sat 10 March 2012, Parktheater, Eindhoven
Thurs 15 March 2012, Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Heerlen
Sat 17 March 2012, Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht
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The Dutch National Ballet is adding lustre to its anniversary season by making more appearances than ever before at unexpected places. For instance, prior to the Anniversary Gala on Tuesday 13 September 2011, we have been performing at three well-known summer festivals.
On Wednesday 17 August 2011 (18:00), the company was a guest at the Amsterdam Grachtenfestival 2011. At this classical music festival, the Dutch National Ballet was presenting a fragment from Swan Lake and Trois Gnossiennes by Hans van Manen. The performance has ebeen taken place on a decorated pontoon on the Kloveniersburgwal, next to the Compagnietheater.
On Friday 19 August, the Dutch National Ballet is dancing at the opening of the Amsterdam festival LiteSide 2011. The programme includes a fragment from Labyrinth by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
For the first time ever, the Dutch National Ballet has been performing at the Lowlands festival. In Biddinghuizen, on Saturday 20 August 2011, the company has danced a fragment of the entrance of the 24 swans from the second act of Swan Lake, as well as sections of works by Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, Juanjo Arqués and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
The company gave also a workshop exclusively for Lowlands visitors, led by Rachel Beaujean, head of the Dutch National Ballet’s artistic staff. In the workshop, we have been dancing a part of Swan Lake and a work especially choreographed at Lowlands.
In the weekend of Friday 26 to Sunday 28 August, the company was a guest at the Uitmarkt in Amsterdam. On Friday, we were dancing a short solo from 5 Tangos, by choreographer Hans van Manen, on the UPC stage on the Museumplein. On Sunday 28 August, the company has made a guest appearance in the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam. The programme includes the entrance from the second act of Swan Lake, the solo from 5 Tango's and the pas deux from Minos, by choreographer Juanjo Arqués.
On Sunday 4 September, the Dutch National Ballet was performing at the Haags Uit Festival. The performance in the Lucent Danstheater will include Hans van Manen’s Trois Gnossiennes and, once again, a section from Swan Lake.