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An Evening of Modern Ballet: Other Dances. The Chairman Dances. The Four Seasons

Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Important Info
Type: Modern Ballet
City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Starts at: 20:15
Orchestra: Dutch Ballet Orchestra
Ballet company: Dutch National Ballet
Conductor: Koen Kessels
Choreographer: Jerome Robbins
Composer: Frédéric Chopin
Composer: John Adams
Composer: Max Richter
Choreographer: Ted Brandsen
Choreography: David Dawson

From lyricism to ecstasy: the power of pure dance.

In the Holland Festival 2025, Dutch National Ballet is presenting an ode to pure, abstract dance. New to the company is Other Dances, by the American grand master Jerome Robbins. This choreographic gem will be combined with two recent highlights: Ted Brandsen’s The Chairman Dances and David Dawson’s The Four Seasons.

Jerome Robbins created Other Dances in 1976 for the international stars Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov. The exquisite Chopin duet was intended as an occasional work, but was so successful that both American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet took it into their repertoire that same year. The fact that Dutch National Ballet is now following suit is no coincidence, says artistic director Ted Brandsen. “Our company has several principal couples at the moment for whom this special work is not only a wonderful gift, but whose talent and skill will make it a true gift for the audience as well.”

Graceful and compelling 

The premiere duet is preceded by Ted Brandsen’s highly acclaimed The Chairman Dances (2023), to the compelling music of the same name by John Adams. Like the composer, Brandsen gives a nod to ballroom dance in his creation. Swathed in transparent, gender-neutral white dresses, the dancers perform the graceful choreography for an ensemble, from which individuals regularly break free. “As if they dance the spotlight for a moment, while the others make way for them.”

Bordering on the impossible

The grand finale of Other Dances is David Dawson’s The Four Seasons (2022), which was received at its premiere with standing ovations. To Max Richter’s atmospheric re-interpretation of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Dawson explores the cycles of life in a work that combines all the elements of his unique artistry: lyricism, emotion, ecstasy and a movement idiom that borders on the physically impossible.

Premiere of this production: 09 May 1976, Metropolitan Opera House

Other Dances is a ballet choreographed by Jerome Robbins to music by Frédéric Chopin. It was created on Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov, and premiered on May 9, 1976, at a gala benefitting the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, held at Metropolitan Opera House. It was originally made as a pièce d'occasion, but after receiving critical acclaim, it was soon added to American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet's repertories.

Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons is a composition that features on a 2012 album by neo-classical composer Max Richter, released on August 31, 2012 on Universal Classics and Jazz (Germany), a division of Universal Music Group, and Deutsche Grammophon, and further recorded by Fenella Humphreys and released on Rubicon Classics in 2019. The piece is a complete recomposition and reinterpretation of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

Venue Info

Dutch National Opera - Amsterdam
Location   Amstel 3

The Dutch National Opera is the largest theatre production house in the Netherlands. Situated in the heart of Amsterdam, the iconic theatre of Dutch National Opera & Ballet offers a magnificent view of the River Amstel and the famous Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge). The various spaces form an inspiring backdrop for a whole range of special events.

Dutch National Opera & Ballet is a young theatre with a long history. The plans for building a new theatre ran parallel to the plans for a new city hall. The first discussions held by the Amsterdam city council about building a new city hall and opera house go back to 1915. At that time, the plans were specifically for an opera house, since ballet was a relatively unknown art form back then.

Ideas for the site of the new city hall and opera house were continually changing, and the idea that both buildings could form a single complex only emerged much later. Sites considered for the new city hall were initially the Dam, followed by the Frederiksplein, and finally the Waterlooplein.

In 1955, the city council commissioned the firm of architects Berghoef and Vegter to draft a design for a city hall on the Waterlooplein. The draft was approved, but in 1964 the council ended the association with the architects, as the final design was nothing like the original plans they had been shown. In 1967, a competition was held for a new design, with the Viennese architect Wilhelm Holzbauer emerging as the winner. Amsterdam's financial problems, however, meant that the plans for the new city hall were put on hold for several years.

DNO has its own choir of sixty singers and technical staff of 260. DNO historically has not had its own resident orchestra, and so various orchestras of the Netherlands, including the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (NPO), the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (NKO), the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and the Asko/Schönberg ensemble have provided the orchestral forces for DNO productions.

DNO produces on average eleven productions per year. While most performances are in the Dutch National Opera & Ballet building, the company has also performed in the Stadsschouwburg, at the Carré Theatre, and on the Westergasfabriek industrial site in Amsterdam. For many years, the June production has been organized as part of the Holland Festival and includes the participation of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. DNO has lent its productions to foreign companies, such as the Metropolitan Opera, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Lincoln Center Festival in New York, as well as the Adelaide Festival in Australia.

Since 1988, the French-Lebanese theatre director Pierre Audi has been the artistic director of DNO. Audi is scheduled to conclude his DNO tenure in 2018. In April 2017, DNO announced the appointment of Sophie de Lint as the company's next artistic director, effective 1 September 2018.

Hartmut Haenchen was chief conductor from 1986 to 1999, in parallel with holding the title of chief conductor of the NPO. He subsequently held the title of principal guest conductor with DNO. Subsequent chief conductors have been Edo de Waart (1999-2004) and Ingo Metzmacher (2005-2008). In March 2009, DNO announced the appointment of Marc Albrecht as the orchestra's next chief conductor, with the 2011-2012 season, for an initial contract of four years. This return to a single chief conductor at both DNO and the NPO/NKO allows for the NPO to become the principal opera orchestra for DNO. Albrecht is scheduled to stand down as chief conductor of DNO at the end of the 2019-2020 season.

Important Info
Type: Modern Ballet
City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Starts at: 20:15
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