Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes, one intermission
Ticket price: 600-2000 rubles
CONTEMPORARY DUTCH CHOREOGRAPHY EVENING.
Netherlands is the world centre not just contemporary dance, but also contemporary ballet. Theatre Ballet Moscow follows tendencies and invites for collaborative work the brightest Dutch choreographers. The last season contemporary dance performance OP-ART has become the result of such collaborative work. In 2014-2015 season Moscow audience will see the main premiere of the year – two collaborative productions of theatre’s classical cast staged by headliners of new Ditch choreography – Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Juanjo Arques.
Both choreographers began their careers as dancers – Annabelle in Scapino Ballet (Rotterdam), Juanjo in Netherlands National Ballet (Amsterdam). Later they were invited by Ted Brandsen, the director of The Dutch National Ballet, and have had the opportunity to stage their own productions as choreographers on the Het Nationale Ballet. Thanks to these works Annabelle and Juanjo became famous and popular in Netherlands, and after a while – in other countries.
They formed as professional dancers and choreographers in Netherlands, and you can see it in their creative method. Young, progressive, unordinary they realise what dance can and must be in our fast changing world.
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Juanjo Arques – classics of tomorrow. They rapidly soared to the dance Olymp, and today you can see their productions performed by the leading dance companies. Among them also performed by Theatre Ballet Moscow artists.
For working with Theatre Ballet Moscow Annabelle and Juanjo addressed to Ancient Greek legends and myths. Ancient Greeks value in person trained body, supple mind and tendency to the beauty. Their opinions – particularly esthetic – Greeks defined in myths. And these myths still give us exact answers to eternal questions: what is love? what is the meaning of life? where our destiny leads us to?
Myth about Minos
Minos is an awful monster with the bull’s head and human’s body, born by Minos’ wife on Crete. To hide his shame Minos ordered to build underground palace-labyrinth with tangled crossing from where nobody can find his or her way out. In the centre of the labyrinth Minos hide his son-monster Minotaur.
Choreographer Juanjo Arques was inspired by symbols filled this myth. Here is Areadne’s clue – in costumes, in movements of hands and legs. Stage which is labyrinth where dancers go towards each other. Dark-blue, light-blue, brown in female costumes resemble waves of Mediterranean Sea which come to Crete’s shore. In Minos ballet Ancient Greek legend is filling with wind, sea smell and it is reviving due to strong dancers hands.
Myth about Eros
Very long time ago man and woman were attached by their backs as one creature with 4 arms, 4 legs, one head and two faces. They have a real power. They astonish by their beauty and and harmony. Zeus, the uppergod separated them out of fear for their power. Since that day, people run around saying they are looking for their other half. And Eros helps them with it.
That’s the myth mood and motive of which penetrates “Eros Redux” staged by choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Penetrates like sunshine penetrates curtains on the windows, turning room into mystery grotto. The ballet “Eros Redux” is a dream about beauty, power and harmony. That’s not love, but it’s the first step to it.
Spanish Juanjo Arques received his dance training in his hometown of Murcia. Before he came to the Netherlands in 2004, he spent five years as a soloist with Ballet Victor Ullate in Madrid, in the same grade, four years at the English National Ballet and with Dutch National Ballet began as a Grand Sujet, three years later he was promoted to Soloist. These three companies enabled him to perform the majority of recognized repertoire, ranging from classical to neoclassical by William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, David Dawson, Hans van Manen and so on.
From 2001 he made several works for choreography workshops of the English National Ballet and the Dutch National Ballet. Then he got different commissions by Dutch National Ballet like “Minos” (2010) and “Consequence” (2012), his first major work for the 50th anniversary of the company.
In recent years, he also got international commissions such as “Miniatures” (2011) for Slovenian National Ballet, “Unsound” (2012) for Compañia Nacional de Danza, Madrid and “Crossroads” (2013) for WimWhim, Seattle. Most recently he worked as a movement consultant for the theater play “Vaslav” based on Arthur Japin’s novel and “Performing Gender”, a european dance project on the research themes for identity and sexual orientation in Bologna Italy. His latest works “Roulette” (2014), “Rewind” (2014) and “Carolingians” (2014) have been premiered last spring in, Amsterdam, Antwerpen and Riom by dancers of the Dutch National Ballet.
Arques was nominated for the Dutch Dance Award Prize 2014 in Maastricht and he is one of the three selected artist to choreograph for the New York Choreographic Institute session in Spring 2015.
The Colombo-Belgian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa completed her dance education at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, Belgium. After a 12-year long career in various European dance companies Annabelle decides in 2003 to focus solely on choreography.
In that same year she was hailed “rising star of the Dutch dance scene” (NRC newspaper) and only 7 years later the Temecula Performing Arts Examiner wrote: ”Ochoa is truly a masterful choreographer with an edge for what dance can and should be in this constantly changing industry”.
Annabelle has so far created works for many companies around the world such as the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Dutch National Ballet, Djazzex, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Gran Canaria Ballet, the Gothenborg Ballet, Modern Dance Theater Ankara, BalletX, Pennsylvania Ballet, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Ballet National de Marseille, Ballet Hispanico, Le Jeune Ballet du Québec, BJM-Danse Montréal, Jacoby&Pronk, Saarbrucken Ballett, Chemnitzer Ballett, Whim W’him, Incolballet de Cali, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Compania Nacional de Danza, Scottish Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Ballet Nacional Dominicano, Ballet Austin, Atlanta Ballet, Augsburg Ballet, Ballet Nacional Dominicano, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Grand Rapids Ballet, West-Australian Ballet, Ballet Manila, Ballet Nacional Chileno and Danza Comtemporanea de Cuba.
In April 2012, she creates her first full-length Ballet “A Streetcar named desire” in collaboration with theater director Nancy Meckler for the Scottish Ballet. The piece was acclaimed by both press and public, and received several awards. It had an extended tour through the UK. In 2014 & 2015, the Scottish ballet will be touring the work in the United States.
Ms Lopez Ochoa is a versatile choreographer who works regularly within the dance field but also creates for theatre, opera, musical theatre and in 2006, for the celebrated Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf’s project in the Van Gogh Museum. She belongs to the Theater-Dance collective “Fantasten” with whom she created successfully 5 full-length pieces, which have been performed in numerous theaters and festivals throughout the Netherlands.
The critically acclaimed piece “Before After” which Annabelle created for the Dutch National Ballet in 2002, and which is known as her signature piece, has been performed at the Dance Passion Festival in the Netherlands, the New York Fall for Dance Festival, the Houston Dance Salad Festival, the 2007 Orange County Fall for Dance Festival, throughout Sweden by the Gothenburg Ballet, at several galas in Spain and is currently on the repertoire of Ballet Nacional Dominicano, Whim W’Him, Ballet Hispanico, Finnish National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Ms Lopez Ochoa has won several choreography awards;
2002: the Hannover’s Choreographers competition – 3rd prize with the piece “Clair/Obscur”
2003: International Choreographer’s Competition of Bornem (Belgium) First prize and public’s prize with the
2007: selected for the New York Choreographic Institute.
2009: both her pieces “Zip Zap Zoom” (BJM-Danse Montreal) and “Nube Blanco” (Luna Negra Dance Theater) were included in the list of 10 best dance highlights of the year in San Diego and Chicago
2010: Zip Zap Zoom was included in the 10 best dance moments of the year by the Pittsburg Gazette
2011: Zip Zap Zoom was included in the 10 best Dance highlights of the year in the Montreal Gazette
2012: Dance Magazine US named her work “Cylindrical Shadows”, created for Pacific Northwest Ballet, as one
of the highlights of 2012.
2013: Awarded ‘Best Classical Choreography’ for her full-length ballet “A Streetcar named desire“, created for the Scottish Ballet, by the Circle of Critics of the National Dance Award UK
2013: Awarded the South Bank Sky Arts Awards for “Best new production” for “A Streetcar named desire”
2013: Nominated for an Olivier Award in the category best new dance production for “A Streetcar named desire”
2014: ‘Sombrerisimo’ created for Ballet Hispanico, and one of the three commissions for Fall For Dance NYC
10th anniversary, has been included in the ‘Best of 2013’ of US Dance Magazine.
Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (Netherlands)
Music: Jacob Ter Veldhuis (Netherlands)
Light design: Stefan Dijkman (Netherlands)
Costume Design: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (Netherlands)
Choreography: Juanjo Arques (Netherlands)
Music: Alva Noto (Germany) & Ryuichi Sakamoto (Japan)
Light design: Stefan Dijkman (Netherlands)
Costume Design: Oliver Haller (Netherlands)