For the first time in the more than 30-year history of the Dutch National Ballet Academy (NBA), Het Balletorkest is set to accompany performances at the annual end-of-year production Dansers van Morgen (‘Dancers of Tomorrow’). The NBA’s artistic director Ernst Meisner and business director René Vlemmix are thrilled that this collaboration has been realised. The logistical and financial challenges involved were overcome thanks in part to the huge efforts and passion of Matthew Rowe, the principal conductor of the orchestra and musical director of Dutch National Ballet, and the director of Het Balletorkest Piet van Gennip.
Het Balletorkest is the orchestra of Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. Performing with live musical accompaniment is an integral part of professional practice for dancers at leading, internationally renowned companies, so it is essential for young dancers-in-training to gain experience in this area. Live musical accompaniment has major added value, for dancers and audiences alike.
This year the NBA’s end-of-year production Dansers van Morgen will be performed across two evenings (9 and 10 July, starting at 20:00 hrs.) in Dutch National Opera & Ballet, the home of the Dutch National Ballet. All the choreographies on the programme that are set to an orchestral score will be accompanied by Het Balletorkest. They are: Paquita (Marius Petipa, arranged by Rachel Beaujean / various composers); Revelry (Ernst Meisner / Lowel Liebermann); Bolero (Gregor Seyffert / Maurice Ravel); and a newly created piece by Wubkje Kuindersma, with music by the Dutch composer Anthony Fiumara. The orchestra will also provide piano accompaniment for a new work by choreographer Didy Veldman, set to Simeon ten Holt’s famous composition Canto Ostinato.
The Dutch National Ballet Academy’s collaboration with Het Balletorkest is to extend beyond Dansers van Morgen to include a number of workshop intensives that will see students working alongside members of the orchestra.
The Duch National Ballet Academy hopes that this first collaboration with Het Balletorkest will mark the start of a unique and invaluable annual tradition.
For further information and tickets, please go to: www.operaballet.nl.