Ballet

Grosse Fuge by Hans van Manen, music by Beethoven

A rare Beethoven ballet, featuring string quartet masterpieces

Live
Certain chapters are not available. <br> Thank you for your understanding.
Cast Program notes More info

Cast

Hans van Manen — Choreographer, costume designer
Jean-Paul Vroom — Set designer
Dancers:
Rachel Beaujean
Coleen Davis
Valerie Valentine
Jeanette Vondersaar
Leo Besseling
Clint Farha
Lindsay Fischer
John Wisman
Quartetto Italiano

Program notes

When the legendary George Balanchine commented to Hans van Manen, ballet dancer and choreographer extraordinaire, that Beethoven was one of those composers whose music was impossible to choreograph, he eagerly took on the challenge. In this 1984 tour de force, Van Manen skillfully adapts his celebrated style to suit two of Beethoven’s late works for string quartet, the eternally challenging Grosse Fuge (Great Fugue), Op. 133, and the Cavatina from the B-Major String Quartet, Op. 130.

The stark and simple set, black and white costumes, and clean choreographic lines punctuate the abstraction of Van Manen’s vision, intended to convey the tension inherent in every interpersonal relation. His artistic process strips away artifice and focuses on that tension: “As soon as I place two people in an empty room,” van Manen says, “I express a mood or relationship.”

More info

Directed by:
Thomas Grimm
Production date: 1984
Duration: 27 min
Production: © DR - NOS - Monarda Arts
Resolution: Full HD