As special gift for Hans van Manen, who turned 80 in July, his own Visions Fugitives was performed by students of the National Ballet Academy during Dansers van Morgen. Another high point of the evening was the performance of an excerpt from Serenade by George Balanchine, as a 50th anniversary tribute to the Dutch National Ballet.
Magazine Dance Europe about Dansers van Morgen: "The Nationale Balletacademie gave a most impressive account of both the traditional and the contemporary repertoire with a wonderfully balanced programmme (...) One of the most highly polished school performances I have seen." Deborah Weiss
The complete programme was as follows:
Marius Petipa: La Bayadère - Wals en Pas d’action
Iva Leši? en Natalja Toptchi: De Wereldexpress
Ohad Naharin: Echad Mi Yodea
Hans van Manen: Visions Fugitives
George Balanchine: Serenade – 1st movement: Sonatine
Marius Petipa: Paquita – Mazurka
William Forsythe: Four Point Counter
The National Ballet Academy is the only dance study programme in The Netherlands affiliated with the Dutch National Ballet. Together they train talented children to become professional, classical dancers. Studying to become a ballet dancer is very demanding and starts at the early age of ten. Aspirant dancers follow strenuous dance training every day and deliver physical and artistic top achievements. Dancers who graduate from the National Ballet Academy go on to dance with leading ensembles at a national and international level. They are trained to dance classical ballet and contemporary repertoire.
For more information about the study programme see: www.nationaleballetacademie.nl