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Hans Van Manen

(b. 1932)


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(b Amstelveen, 11 Jul. 1932)

Dutch dancer, choreographer, and ballet director. He studied with Sonia Gaskell, Françoise Adret, and Nora Kiss and danced with Gaskell's Ballet Recital (1951), Amsterdam Opera Ballet (1952–8), and Roland Petit's Ballets de Paris (1959) before becoming one of the original members of Nederlands Dans Theater in 1960. During the next ten years he was one of the company's leading choreographers, also its joint artistic director (first with Benjamin Harkavy, then with Glen Tetley). He left in 1971, firstly to pursue a freelance career and then from 1973 to 1987 to work with Dutch National Ballet as resident choreographer and ballet master. In 1988 he rejoined NDT as resident choreographer, remaining there until 2003 when he rejoined Dutch National Ballet as resident choreographer. He has created over 120 works, his style a powerful fusion of classical and modern idioms that showcases the athletic prowess of his dancers. While focusing rigorously on structure, van Manen's works often have a strong expressive subtext, evoking the complex, conflicted relationship between men and women. A list of his works for NDT includes Symphony in Three Movements (mus. Stravinsky, 1963), Essay in Silence (mus. Messiaen, 1965), Metaphors (mus. Daniel Lesur, 1965), Five Sketches (mus. Hindemith, 1966), Solo for Voice 1 (mus. Cage, 1968), Squares (mus. Satie, 1969), Situation (sound collage, 1970), Mutations (with Tetley, mus. Stockhausen, 1970), Grosse Fuge (mus. Beethoven, 1971), Opus Lemaître (mus. Bach, 1972), Septet Extra (mus. Saint-Saëns, 1973), Noble et sentimentale (mus. Ravel, 1975), Songs Without Words (mus. Mendelssohn, 1977), Black Cake (mus. various composers, 1989), Andante (mus. Mozart, 1991), Fantasía (mus. Bach, 1993), Kammerballet (mus. several, 1995), Zero Hour (mus. Piazolla, 1998), and Trilogie (mus. several, 2000). For Dutch National Ballet he has created Twilight (mus. Cage, 1972), Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 2 (mus. Ravel, 1972), Adagio Hammerklavier (mus. Beethoven, 1973), Sacre du printemps (mus. Stravinsky, 1974), Ebony Concerto (mus. Stravinsky, 1976), Five Tangos (mus. Piazzolla, 1977), Live (mus. Liszt, 1979), Klaviervariationen I (mus. Bach, Dallapiccola, 1980), Bits and Pieces (mus. Byrne, Eno, Mendelssohn, 1984), Opening (mus. Hindemith, 1986), Symphonieen der Nederlanden (mus. Andriessen, 1987), Three Pieces for Het (mus. var., 1997), Frank Bridge Variations (mus. Britten 2005), and Tears (mus. Rachmaninoff 2008). He has created works for many other companies including Four Schumann Pieces (Royal Ballet, 1975) and the Hans van Manen Foundation has been established to ensure the survival of his extensive repertory. He is also a professional photographer and has exhibited widely. He is recipient of major honours and awards including Knight of the Order of Oranje Nassau (1992).

http://www.hansvanmanen.com Website for the Hans van Manen Foundation

Subjects: Dance.


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