Classy Classics • Opening Holland Dance Festival 2020
“Dutch première ”
The seventeenth edition of the Holland Dance Festival opens festively and in style with Classy Classics, a recent hit production of one of the major public favourites of previous festival editions: the German Gauthier Dance. Despite the ‘tongue-in-cheek’ title, don’t expect a flamboyant ballet evening. Classy Classics is a vibrant celebration of contemporary dance, in which five contemporary ‘classics’ have been brought together in one programme.
Herman Schmerman is danced by William Forsythe, the great innovator of classical ballet, in which the choreographer masterfully breaks through the rites of ballet and ironizes them. With his solo Äffi, Gauthier Dance’s new permanent choreographer Marco Goecke manages to take everyone’s breath away. Ohad Naharin’s Minus16 is the ultimate ‘surprise package’: a masterful and at the same time light-hearted choreographic collage of ‘Mr. Gaga’ (a nickname that Naharin derives from the movement method he developed). In Malasangre, Cayetano Soto brings a deliciously exciting, eccentric ode to the Cuban ‘Queen of Latin Soul’ La Lupe. Gauthier himself also contributes to sClassy Classics, with Orchestra of Wolves, a hilarious miniature comedy on Beethoven’s Fifth, in which the ‘musicians’ dressed in wolf masks have it out on their conductor.
You will enjoy Classy Classics in the following order:
- Malasangre van Cayetano Soto
- Presentation of winner Jiří Kylián Ring
- Herman Schmerman by William Forsythe
- Äffi by Marco Goecke
- Orchestra of Wolves by Eric Gauthier
- Minus16 by Ohad Naharin
Classy Classics is made possible by Rabobank.