Hans van Manen
In 1934, George Balanchine, a groundbreaking name in the History of Dance, was only 30 years old when he created Serenade, his first “American” ballet, in his own words. Tchaikovski’s Serenade for Strings in C provided the music for this ballet and the seeds for the North-American dance were then planted. Also according to the words of choreographer William Forsythe, his Herman Schmerman with music by his long-standing collaborator Thom Willems, “has any meaning, just the pleasure of dancing”. Created in 1992, this work is a very inventive pas-de-deux. Hans van Manen‘s Five Tangos close this programme. Premiered by the Dutch National Ballet in 1997, this work is a vibrating sequence of dances which combine classical ballet with the sweeping passion of the tango played by bandoneon of the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.
George Balanchine choreography © The George Balanchine Trust Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovski music Nanette Glushak assistant to The George Balanchine Foundation © The George Balanchine Trust Barbora Hurskova and Fernando Duarte rehearsals ballet masters World Premiere New York, Adelphi Theatre, American Ballet, 1st March, 1935 CNB Premiere Lisbon, São Luiz Municipal Theatre, 14th October, 1982
William Forsythe choreography, scenic space and light design Thom Willems music Gianni Versace and William Forsythe costumes Maurice Causey re staging Fátima Brito reheasals ballet master World Premiere Frankfurt, Opernhaus, Ballet Frankfurt, 26th September, 1992 CNB Premiere Porto, Porto Municipal Theatre, Rivoli, 29th January, 2016
Hans van Manen
Hans van Manen choreography Astor Piazzolla music Jean-Paul Vroom set design and costumes Jan Hofstra light design Nathalie Caris e Mea Venema assistants to the choreographer Fernando Duarte rehearsals ballet master World Premiere Amsterdam, Dutch National Ballet, 3rd November, 1977 Portugal Premiere Lisbon, Gulbenkian Main Auditorium, Ballet Gulbenkian, 23rd April, 1982 CNB Premiere Porto, Porto Municipal Theatre, Rivoli, 29th January, 2016