End-of-year performances Dancers of Tomorrow 2024

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At Dutch National Opera & Ballet, accompanied by Dutch Ballet Orchestra

On Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July, the Dutch National Ballet Academy will once again be presenting its end-of-year production, Dancers of Tomorrow, on the big stage at Dutch National Opera & Ballet. This year, too, the pupils and students will be dancing an extremely varied programme, with highlights including the complete dream scene from Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote, Hans van Manen’s iconic 5 Tangos, a new neoclassical work by Remi Wörtmeyer and excerpts from masterpieces by William Forsythe and Mauro Bigonzetti. Especially for its tenth anniversary, the Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company will also appear in Dancers of Tomorrow, performing Krzysztof Pastor’s fiery Toccata. Ticket sales for the performances – once again with live accompaniment from Dutch Ballet Orchestra – have started already.

Dream scene from Don Quixote and Hans van Manen’s 5 Tangos
Dancers of Tomorrow opens this year with the complete dream scene from Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote, the colourful, virtuoso production with which Dutch National Ballet has triumphed at home and abroad since its premiere in 2010. In October, the company will be reviving the hit production, but our NBA 2 pupils and AD students have the honour of already dancing part of the full-length ballet at the beginning of July. Another special treat for our AD students is that they will appear in Hans van Manen’s 5 Tangos, which is still one of the most often danced and most acclaimed works by the grand master of Dutch dance, set to five tangos by the ‘king of tango nuevo’, Astor Piazzolla.

Forsythe, Bigonzetti and new works
The students will also appear in excerpts from William Forsythe’s masterpiece Artifact and perform the dazzling and humorous finale from Mauro Bigonzetti’s Rossini Cards. Remi Wörtmeyer (former principal dancer with Dutch National Ballet) is creating a new neoclassical work for the younger dancers, NBA 3 - 7. And for the youngest of all, NBA 1 - 4, teacher Iva Lešić is choreographing a new piece, this year in collaboration with dancer and choreographer Raquel Tijsterman, who was not only a dancer with Dutch National Ballet, but also appeared in various hiphop productions by ISH Dance Collective.

Triumphant climax
In Dancers of Tomorrow, the Junior Company will be dancing Krzysztof Pastor’s Toccata, the fiery finale of the anniversary programme Ten, described by Het Parool after the recent premiere as follows: “Athletically spinning and leaping, the dancers whirl in constantly changing formations across the stage (..) a brazenly triumphant climax.” Once again this year, Dancers of Tomorrow is presenting some of the contributions to the Dutch National Ballet Academy’s Choreographic Project, in which students from the school are challenged to develop their own creations. The festive finale of Dancers of Tomorrow will be a Grand Défilé, performed by all the pupils and students, culminating in choreographic fireworks for the higher classes of the school, compiled by artistic director Ernst Meisner.

Dutch Ballet Orchestra - farewell to Matthew Rowe 
The academy is delighted that Dutch Ballet Orchestra will be accompanying our end-of-year performances again this year. In this edition of Dancers of Tomorrow, we say farewell to Matthew Rowe, who is leaving his position as principal conductor of the orchestra and musical director of Dutch National Ballet. Fortunately, he will still be returning regularly as a guest conductor. Nevertheless, we would like to seize this opportunity to express our deep gratitude to Matthew, who – himself inspired as a youngster by a performance by the Royal Ballet School with live accompaniment – took the initiative for the now intensive collaboration between Dutch Ballet Orchestra and the Dutch National Ballet Academy. Many thanks Matthew, and see you soon!

Click here to reserve your ticket(s) for Dancers of Tomorrow.

Dream scene from Don Quixote - photo: Altin Kaftira

Dream scene from Don Quixote- photo: Altin Kaftira