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New creation for Ballett am Rhein

17 October 2014



That Hans van Manen now gives the Ballett am Rhein a world premiere, the first German company in over twenty years, is a genuine sensation which is crowned by one further detail: after Martin Schläpfer’s return to the stage as a dancer in 2012 for the Pas de deux The Old Man and Me, Hans van Manen will create a new piece for him and a small ensemble of members of the Ballett am Rhein – a world premiere which opens on 17 October 2014 another new page in the history of a special friendship: Hans van Manen and Martin Schläpfer.

Alltag | choreography Hans van Manen | music Adagio aus der Klaviersonate op. 1 Nr. 4 C-Dur by Manuel Blasco de Nebra, Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert and Gustav Mahler | set and costumes Keso Dekker


The Dutch National Ballet dances Fantasia

11 October 2014



With Fantasia Hans van Manen adds an already existing work to the repertoire of Dutch National Ballet – a repertoire that contains numbers of many of wonderful ballets by this master choreographer. One of those is Solo, based on the music of Bach’s First Partita for Solo Violin. Here’s what one of the dancers had to say about that piece: “Hans doesn’t use Bach. He feels Bach. He has made many of the details, nuances and passages that are hidden within the score more visible."


Introdans dances Andante and Polish Pieces

20 September 2014


In MEESTERSCHAP Introdans showcases two works of maestro Hans van Manen. Andante, set to music by Mozart, is one of Van Manen’s famous ‘ballets for two’. This is a genre at which the choreographer, winner of the internationally famed Benois de la Danse in 2013, excels.

In the dazzling Polish Pieces, the master choreographer applies his characteristic clear movement language and wonderful play of line to a piece for twelve dancers who storm across the stage in ever-changing combinations to the pulsating music of Henryk MikoŇāaj Górecki. The striking, brightly coloured costumes in Polish Pieces were created by the designer Keso Dekker.

To be seen In the Dutch theatres from 20 September 2014 until 28 January 2015.


Van Manen receives four stars in Financial Times

17 June 2014



Hans Van Manen programme, Mariinsky II, St. Petersburg

- by Laura Capelle, FINANCIAL TIMES

The Dutch choreographer's austere aestethics strikes a chord with the Mariinsky Ballet

Hans van Manen is often forgotten in the line of 20-th century masters who have shaped neoclassical ballet, from Balanchine to MacMillan. Yet the Dutch choreographer, now 81, may be the one the Mariinsky Ballet can embrace with most ease.

As the company tackled its first all-Van Manen programme over the weekend, his ascetic style and musicality found a ready echo among the Russian dancers.

(...) This new relationship with Van Manen is a fruitful development for the Mariinsky, which has lacked artistic focus lately; the company would do well to devote more resources to it.