DUTCH MASTERS

On 15, 16 and 17 March Introdans travels to London. There we will perform an amazing programme of neoclassical dance works from its award-winning repertory in the renewed Linbury Theatre. The programme DUTCH MASTERS presents a captivating mix of pieces from choreographers Hans van Manen, Nils Christe and Jirí Kylián. 

Introdans dances two works by maestro Hans van Manen: the colorful Polish Pieces and the majestic Andante. Also, Introdans performs the sensitive Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen by Jirí Kylián and the energetic CANTUS by Nils Christe 

Polish Pieces & Andante by Hans van Manen

Polish Pieces is without doubt one of Hans van Manen’s most effervescent and colourful works. Set to powerful, driving music by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, this work by Van Manen presents twelve dancers in garishly coloured tunics who storm the stage with constantly fresh dance combinations and a fantastically clear play of lines. The group sections are tightly choreographed, full of energy, pulsating, and in the duets the stakes are raised even higher.

The majestic Andante, set to music by Mozart, is one of Hans van Manen’s most famous ‘ballets for two’, a genre in which he excels. This choreography is a sultry contemporary variant on the classical minuet. Here the master choreographer surely also drew inspiration from the place where he created the duet: the Palais Garnier studios in the ‘old’ Paris Opéra, a location he already dreamed of as a small boy. 

Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen by Jirí Kylián

In Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen (Songs Of A Wayfarer), Jiří Kylián translates the composition of the same name by Gustav Mahler into beautiful dance. Mahler wrote the song cycle between 1883 and 1885, in his young twenties, while feeling lovesick and broken-hearted. In this intimate choreography Kylián doesn’t follow the songs precisely, but in five highly inspired duets he still expresses the diverse moods and emotions of the music – ranging from the joy of first love to melancholy, jealousy and a longing for death. Introdans is proud to have received permission – currently as the only Dutch company – to perform this masterpiece. 

CANTUS by Nils Christe

Dutch choreographer Nils Christe is famous at home and abroad for his great sense of musicality. In CANTUS – made specially for Introdans – he demonstrates this quality in superb form. For his twenty-fifth ballet in the Introdans repertoire, Christe has chosen various compositions by Arvo Pärt. The choreography includes some wonderful, intimate, hushed moments but most of the time the dance electrifies stage and audience with its power and dynamism. In wavelike canons, trios, relay-race duets and rousing ensemble choreographies, Christe gets the best out of the twelve dancers. 

Polish Pieces

 Choreography Hans van Manen

Andante

 Choreography Hans van Manen

CANTUS

Choreography Nils Criste 

Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen

 Choreography Jirí Kylián

CANTUS

choreography Nils Chiste | assistent choreographer Annegien Sneep | music Arvo Pärt, Für Alina, Alexei Lubimov (piano), Spiegel im Spiegel; Fratres, Cantus In Memoriam Benjamin Britten and Tabula Rasa: I Ludus, Tapiola Sinfonietta led by Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Summa | stage design Thomas Rupert | stage made by Piet Hoevenaars en Theatex | costume design Annegien Sneep | costumes made by Merlijn Koopman | lighting design Berry Claassen | ballet master Diane Matla | duration ± 30 minutes |
worldpremiere Introdans 19 September 2015, Arnhem


Polish Pieces

choreography Hans van Manen | music Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Concert for orchestra and piano, Allegro Molto and Three Pieces in Old Style, part 2, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra led by Agnieska Duczmal, piano Anna Gorecka | costume design Keso Dekker | costumes made by Nelly van de Velden and Babette van den Berg | lighting design Joop Caboort | assistants choreography Iris Reyes, Mea Venema | ballet master Cathy Martin | duration ± 21 minutes | worldpremiere 23 February 1995, Nederlands Dans Theater, The Hague | premiere Introdans 26 December 2012, Arnhem | premiere Introdans 20 September 2014, Arnhem


Andante

choreography Hans van Manen | music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Andante uit Symfonie #40, Cleveland Orchestra led by George Szell | stage- and costumedesign Keso Dekker | lighting design Joop Caboort | costumes made by Nelly van de Velden | assistant choreography Mea Venema, Jorge Pérez Martínez | ballet master Diane Matla | duration ± 9 minutes | worldpremiere 1 March 1991, Nederlands Dans Theater, The Hague | premiere Introdans 11 September 2004, Arnhem


Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen

concept & choreography Jiří Kylián | music Gustav Mahler, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (1883) performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta (conductor) and Marilyn Horne (mezzo-soprano) | costume design John F. Macfarlane | lighting design Jennifer Tipton | set design John F. Macfarlane | adaptation lighting & set design Kees Tjebbes | costumes thanks to Nederlands Dans Theater, Joke Visser and Hermien Hollander | set thanks to Nederlands Dans Theater | assistant to the choreographer Elke Schepers | repetiteur Diane Matla | duration ± 18 minutes | world premiere 11 June 1982, Nederlands Dans Theater I, Circustheater Scheveningen | premiere Introdans 17 February 2017, Arnhem

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