Classy Classics • Opening Holland Dance Festival 2020
“Dutch première ”
Caution: hall doors close at 19:45 on opening night!
The seventeenth edition of the Holland Dance Festival opens festively and in style with Classy Classics, a recent hit production, produced by Theaterhaus Stuttgart, 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.
Classy Classics is made possible by Rabobank The Hague.
The first one is Herman Schmerman by William Forsythe, the great innovator of classical ballet, in which the choreographer masterfully breaks through the rites of ballet and ironizes them. Followed by the breath taking solo Äffi by Gauthier Dance’s new permanent choreographer Marco Goecke. Ohad Naharin’s Minus16 was originally created for NDT2. It is the ultimate ‘surprise package’: a masterful and at the same time light-hearted choreographic collage of ‘Mr. Gaga’. In Malasangre, Cayetano Soto brings a deliciously exciting, eccentric ode to the Cuban ‘Queen of Latin Soul’ La Lupe. Eric Gauthier, artistic director of Gauthier Dance, will take care of the climax with Orchestra of Wolves: a hilarious miniature comedy on Beethoven’s Fifth, in which the ‘musicians’, wearing wolf masks, encircle their hapless principal.
During the opening performance the award ceremony of the prestigious Jiří Kylián Ring will also take place.
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
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