Solo

Choregraphy: Hans van Manen
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin suite no. 1 in D minor Correnta and Double, BWV 1002 (1720) Recorded performance (violinist: Sigiswald Kuijken)
Lighting: Joop Caboort
Décor & costumes: Keso Dekker
Duration: 7 minutes
World première: 16 January 1997, Lucent Danstheater, Den Haag

Hans van Manen created Solo for NDT 2 in 1997. With this seven minute, high pace ballet set to Johann Sebastian Bach’s violin partita, Van Manen made a piece for three dancers who portray a single man reexamining his place in the world. Since the rate of movement is exceptionally high requiring extraordinary timing, the ballet can only be performed by the dancers taking turns.

Award-winning choreographer Hans van Manen (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) started his career in 1951 with Sonia Gaskell’s Ballet Recital. From 1960 to 1971 Van Manen was associated with NDT as a dancer (until 1963), choreographer and (from 1961) as artistic leader. From 1988 to 2003 Van Manen returned to NDT as a resident choreographer. His oeuvre comprises more than 120 ballets (62 of which for NDT), each bearing his unmistakable signature.