A rich medley of ambiance, movement, and musique comes to us courtesy of illustrious choreographers Hans van Manen and Jiří Kylián, throughout this retrospective dedicated to contemporary Dutch ballet. Two of the most prestigious ballet companies in the country dazzle us in the course of six remarkable programs, filmed from 1987 through 2007. First up, rediscover the stunning eloquence of Sabine Kupferberg, Jiří Kylián's muse and longtime partner, in the solo showpiece Silent Cries, a mysterious work in which a canvas onstage is progressively torn apart by the dancer's gaze and movements, set to Debussy's gloriously atmospheric Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune.
In Kammerballett, Déjà Vu, Solo, and The Old Man and Me, the visionary Hans van Manen's creations come to life thanks to the three groups that make up the Nederlands Dans Theater: NDT I, flagship of the company; NDT II, a prestigious training ground for promising young talents; and NDT III, made up of experienced dancers aged 40 and over. Vivid contrasts and poetic choreography illuminate this high-leaping compilation that ends with the Frank Bridge Variations, inspired by the music of Benjamin Britten, choreographed by van Manen and danced to sublime perfection by Het Nationale Ballet, among whose ranks we see Igone de Jongh and Alexander Zhembrovskyy!
A rare Beethoven ballet, featuring string quart...
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