Hans van Manen is one of those few choreographers who by combining classical ballet with modern dance and other movement techniques, has succeeded in popularising modern ballet across a wide audience.
Trois Gnossiennes is the third and central work in Hans van Manen's Piano Variations cycle from 1980-84. Manen choreographed this sensual duet about resignation, trust and harmony to the magical and melancholy music of Erik Satie.
The piece 5 Tangos is set to the music of Astor Piazzolla. The work, a true audience favourite, flows with fiery energy. Tango, and a little something extra.
The NDT was turning 30 years old when Jiří Kylián informed Hans van Manen, “You’re going to do the ballet for the anniversary.” Manen replied: “Really? And what should I do?” Kylián replied: “A cake”. This is how the festive parody of five movements built around humour – the irresistibly witty Black Cake – was conceived.