Companhia Nacional de Bailado / Hans van Manen  - © Hugo David

© Hugo David

January

9 Thu 21.00h 10 Fri 21.00h 11 Sat 19.00h

RIVOLI Grand Auditorium

9.00€ • 1.20h (with intermission of 20 minutes) • >6

Companhia Nacional de Bailado / Hans van Manen

Adagio Hammerklavier + Short cut + In the future

Dance
Portugal / Netherlands
 
Teatro Municipal do Porto hosts the National Ballet of Portugal (CNB) twice a year were it not for the fact that it presented its first performance at the Great Auditorium back in 1977, even before its official debut at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos. CNB brings to Porto either contemporary works—as was the case of the reruns and the original creation by choreographer Tânia Carvalho in 2018—or a classic and modern repertoire, led by a sense of heritage and constant update, which are at the core of the company. This programme comprises three short pieces by Hans van Manen. The Dutch choreographer is known for the strong structure and refined simplicity of its creations. From the melancholy based on Beethoven’s romanticism in “Adagio Hammerklavier”, to the flexibility needed for the avant-garde score of Jacob ter Veldhuis in “Short Cut”, to the satirical chromaticism of “In the Future”, CNB’s virtuous dancers carry in their body this prominent choreographer in the history of dance.

Adagio Hammerklavier
“Adagio Hammerklavier” is known worldwide as one of the 20th century classics. It is a piece for three pairs of dancers, choreographed over Beethoven’s piano sonata no. 29, opus 106. It is considered to be Hans van Manen’s most lyrical and scholar dance, and it reflects a clear-sighted, analytical perspective on the emotional swings taking place in ordinary life. Throughout the piece feelings alternate between passion and unrequited desire, attraction and disgust.

Short Cut
“Short Cut” is a 1999 piece for four dancers. Hans van Manen draws inspiration from Jacob ter Veldhuis’ score and takes advantage of the tonalities, rhythm and poetry of this work. The choreography follows the rhythm of the music that is the foundation of this dance, which reveals its extraordinary flexibility by focusing on the pas de deux.

In the Future
Originally choreographed for the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam in 1986, “In The Future” is an energetic, amusing and surprising piece for twelve dancers with music by David Byrne and costumes by Keso Dekker.


The National Ballet of Portugal was established at the initiative of the Portuguese Government in 1977. Over the course of four decades, it has presented international seminal pieces, both the inevitable classics and choreographies by Balanchine, De Keersmaeker, Forsythe, Jooss, Kylián, Limón, Van Manen or Spöerli. Concurrently it has commissioned a series of pieces generating an identity of its own, with a strong emphasis on Portuguese authors such as Armando Jorge, Fernando Duarte, Olga Roriz, Rui Lopes Graça or Vasco Wellenkamp. Its current artistic director is Sofia Campos.

Hans van Manen studied dance under Sonia Gaskell, Françoise Adret and Nora Kiss. He began his career in 1951 as a member of Sonia Gaskell's Ballet Recital. In 1952 he joined the Dutch Opera Ballet, where he created his first ballet, “Feestgericht”, in 1957. After spending some time with Roland Petit's company in Paris, he joined the Nederlands Dans Theater, first as a dancer, next as a choreographer, and then as artistic director (1961-1971). For the following two years he worked as a freelance choreographer before becoming resident choreographer and dance master at the Dutch National Ballet. As of 2015 he is a member of the Dutch Academy for the Arts.
  • Adagio Hammerklavier
    Coreography 
    Hans van Manen
    Music 
    Ludwig van Beethoven (Derde deel uit Sonate für das Hammerklavier no. 29, opus 106)
    Set design and costumes 
    Jean-Paul Vroom
    Lighting design 
    Jan Hofstra
    Lighting design assistance and supervision
    Bert Dalhuysen
    Coreography assistance 
    Mea Venema
    Performed by
    CNB's dancers

    Short Cut
    Coreography 
    Hans van Manen
    Music 
    Jacob ter Veldhuis (Slow Movement String quartet No. 3 There must be some way out of here, 1994; Movement 4 Trianon de porcelain from String quartet No. 1 Versailles, 1990 © Donemus Publishing BV)
    Set design and costumes 
    Keso Dekker
    Lighting design 
    Joop Caboort
    Coreography assistance 
    Nancy Euverink
    Performed by
    CNB's dancers

  • In the Future
    Coreography 
    Hans van Manen 
    Music 
    David Byrne (In the future, Winter, The sound of business) 
    Set design and costumes 
    Keso Dekker
    Coreography assistance 
    Íris Reyes
    Performed by
    CNB's dancers


    Partnership
    Embaixada dos Países Baixos
    Produced by
    Companhia Nacional de Bailado