May 15th, 6:00 p.m.
Talent on the Move
choreography Jirí Kylián, Mauro Bigonzetti, Nacho Duato, Regina van Berkel, Neel Verdoorn, Bruno Listopad, Jérôme Meyer & Isabelle Chaffaud
with Konstantina Chatzistavrou, Sabine Groenendijk, Fem Rosa Has, Amelie Lambrichts, Cátia Oliveira Nicolau, Beatrice Panero, Federica Rizzo, Naima Sommacal, Jade Stenhuijs, Zoë Wijnsouw; Matthew Bade, Joris Bergmans, Antonio Borriello, Reid Cuming, Quentin Dehaye, Pasquale Lombardi, Ermo Pashaj, Michael Sastrowitomo, Riccardo Zandona
artistic director Caroline Harder
ballet master Keith-Derrick Randolph
technique Gerben van der Weert
costumes Ans Kooijman and Ayu Ariyati
production Ellen Dijkstra
with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Italy
in collaboration with the Fondazione Teatro La Fenice
One of the oldest and still most important European academies dedicated to modern and contemporary dance, the Rotterdam Dance Academy was founded in 1931 by two pioneers: Corrie Hartong and Gertrud Leistikow. Today the Academy is part of the University of the Arts (Codarts) that includes a Conservatory of Music and a School of Circus Arts with over 1100 students and 340-member staff.
Bringing a double cast to Venice, the Rotterdam Dance Academy presents Talent on the Move, a performance that brings together choreographic works by artists such as Jirí Kylián, Nacho Duato, Mauro Bignonzetti and choreographic works by younger artists, some of them graduates of the Dutch academy who created their works for the Academy, such as Regina van Berkel, Neel Verdoorn, Bruno Listopad, Jérôme Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud.
The Czech choreographer, winner of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the Dance Biennale in 2008, and involved this year in a research program at the Academy, will show a fragment of a famous piece, A Way A Lone, originally created in 1998 for the company of dancers over-40, the Nederlands Dans Theater III. Some fragments by Nacho Duato, whom Kyliàn brought to the Nederlands Dans Theater and who now directs the Mikhailovsky Ballet in Saint Petersburg, and by Mauro Bigonzetti, whose name was tied to Aterballetto before he began an independent career in 2008, will be shown respectively from PorVosMuero, a piece created in 1996, and Cantata, created in 2001 for the Ballet Gulbenkian.
They will be followed by two works created by two Dutch artists, both graduates of the Academy: 7 van de 24 – 7 of Chopin’s 24 preludes for piano – choreography by Regina Van Berkel, who worked for seven years at Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt, then became a choreographer for the Nederlands Dans Theater 1, Ballett Freiburg Pretty Ugly, Ballet Gulbenkian, Goteborgs Operans Balett and Ballett Mainz; then Once a Tango by Neel Verdoorn, working as a choreographer for Djazzex, DansgroepKrisztina de Châtel, Korzoproducties, Budapest Tanzinhas, Pécsi Ballet, Aterballetto and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. Un- is the title proposed by the thirty-five year old Portuguese choreographer Bruno Listopad, one of the most interesting new names from the new generations, who has already choreographed for Korzoroducties, Dance Works Rotterdam and Het Nationale Ballet.
The evening will end with Master of Puppets by Jérôme Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud, natives of Switzerland and France respectively, who have shared most of their artistic career, working for the Ballet du Grand Théatre de Genève, the Batsheva Dance Company and the Nederlands Dans Theater I. Their first choreographic work dates back to 2002, with the duet Corps à Corps presented at the CaDance Fetival; today they collaborate regularly with Ikorzoproducties as well as companies such as the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and Dance Works Rotterdam.