Hans van Manen 90

Het Nationale Ballet
Mon 9 May ’22 20:00 - 22:00
Masterpieces by the most famous Dutch choreographer
Mon 9 May ’22
20:00 - 22:00
  • Mon 9 May ’22
    20:00 - 22:00
    Pauze 20:20
    Hertog Jan Zaal

On 11 July 2022, the grand master of Dutch dance, Hans van Manen, will celebrate his 90th birthday. The Dutch National Ballet is celebrating this with a tour in which the company presents three jewels from its extensive Van Manen collection.

Hans van Manen 90 opens with one of the choreographer's early successes: Metaforen. Although the ballet was created more than 55 years ago, all elements of Van Manen's mastery are already present in this work, such as his complete clarity in concept and movement language. At the time, the male duet was talked about and regarded by many as provocative; however, Van Manen only wanted to demonstrate that a pas de deux could just as well be danced by two men.

One bundle of condensed energy
After its premiere in 1971, Van Manen's sublime choreography Grosse Fuge, set to Beethoven's string quartet by the same name, was proclaimed 'most important European ballet of the decade'. Today, this blistering double quartet has not lost its popularity: Grosse Fuge is one of the most performed Van Manen ballets worldwide. “Brilliant and eye-catching,” “one bundle of condensed energy,” wrote the press about recent performances.

For Concertante, the closing ballet in Hans van Manen 90, Van Manen was inspired in 1994 by the Petite Symphonie Concertante by the Swiss composer Frank Martin. It is a fascinating ballet, peppered with humor and aggression which, even in the most whirling solos and intense pas de deux, bears witness to the refined simplicity, visual logic and musicality that are so typical for Van Manen. Concertante has what is referred to as 'suspense' in thrillers: something is brewing, something is bubbling, and you can't quite put your finger on it.

“Concertante is unmistakably a Van Manen; abstraction, structured lines and complexity in simplicity (..) Let's just call it a 'must see'.”

Noord-Hollands Dagblad