What: The Dutch National Ballet presents world premieres choreographed by Shen Wei and David Dawson
Where: Waterlooplein 22. Map: http://tinyurl.com/d52smcd We'll meet at the entrance, ring me if you can't find us:[masked]
When: Sunday June 16th, 1:30 pm.
Tickets range from € 48 / 43 / 34 / 26 / 18, booking instructions below. I’m in the 1st left balcony, row 3, seat 73.
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The Dutch National Ballet presents two world premieres by choreographers who are regarded as being among the most important in their generation. The Chinese-born choreographer Shen Wei is renowned world-wide for his original movement idiom and the incredibly beautiful images he conjures up, combining Chinese calligraphy with the language of modern dance. In the centenary year of Le Sacre du Printemps Wei has created a new version of the seminal ballet, which will be performed with a live orchestra. Over the last years, former resident choreographer David Dawson has worked freelance with a number of top European companies. After timelapse and day4 Dawson will be back in Amsterdam with a new choreography set to new music.
Shen Wei, originally from China and known for his impressive contribution to the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, is creating a work for a Dutch company for the first time. Productions by the New York-based Shen Wei are acclaimed by the international press as breathtaking, powerful and magnetic, due to the original movement idiom and the incredibly beautiful images. The Englishman David Dawson is currently working as a freelance choreographer from his base in Berlin, and has recently choreographed some remarkable works for the English National Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet and the Mariinsky (formerly Kirov) Ballet. Last year, he created the overwhelming timelapse/(Mnemosyne) and Day4 for the Dutch National Ballet.
David Dawson is one of the most respected names amongst the younger generation of dance-makers working in the classical ballet idiom today. His personal choreographic style transforms classical ballet in new ways, and his signature works are atmospheric, emotionally physical, abstract/narrative pieces that have been praised by critics and audiences worldwide. His works have entered the repertoires of many ballet companies, and have also been performed in more than 25 countries. He received the Prix Benois de la Danse Award in 2002, the Choo San Goh Award in 2004, and Russia's highest theatre prize, the Golden Mask Award in 2005 - all three as Best Choreographer.
MacArthur Fellowship recipient Shen Wei is widely celebrated for his sophisticated choreography, lighting designs and minimalist costumes, recognised for his abstract paintings and, most recently, for his work in film. Praise for the breadth of his artistic versatility, vision and talent has earned Shen Wei numerous commissions and awards, including the U. S. Artists Fellow Award, the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Nijinsky Award, Australia’s Helpmann Award for Best Ballet or Dance Work, and two recognitions from The New York Times for creation of one of the year’s best dance performances. The Washington Post has called Shen Wei "One of the great artists of our time" and The New York Times states that, "If there is something to write home about in the dance world, it is the startlingly imaginative work of the Chinese-born choreographer Shen Wei."
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