Grosse Fuge
Variations For Two Couples
5 Tangos

Hans van Manen’s
Humankind

May 12-15, 2022
Academy of Music
Intimate.  Evocative.  van Manen.

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Hans van Manen, the acclaimed Dutch choreographer, famously quipped, “As soon as I place two people in an empty room, I express a mood or relationship.”

In this program, van Manen’s fascination with interpersonal relationships is brought to the forefront in a series of most celebrated ballets. Set to Beethoven’s music, Grosse Fuge is an intense exploration of the push and pull of attraction and rejection that exists between humans, a theme that is reflected in the shifting emotionality of the dancers as they move from flirtatious to erotic, from tender to threatening. The award-winning Variations for Two Couples is a nuanced and inventive ballet that moves through shifting styles and mood, borrowing inspiration from the dancers themselves. 5 Tangos provides a vivacious finale to this program, fusing the steamy sensuality of traditional Tango with the poise and precision of pointe work.

Performance Dates

May 12 - 15, 2022

Thurs, May 12
7:30pm
Fri, May 13th
7:30pm
Sat, May 14th
2:00pm
7:30pm
Sun, May 15th
2:00pm

Choreographer

van Manen

Hans van Manen

Hans van Manen is internationally recognized as one of the grand masters of contemporary ballet. The great clarity in structure and refined simplicity of his choreography have earned him the nickname the ‘Mondrian of dance’. His body of work features more than one hundred and fifty ballets and he has won a number of awards including the Sonia Gaskell Prize, the prestigious German Tanzpreis, the Bob Angelo Medallion, and the highly prestigious Erasmus Prize for his outstanding achievements in Dutch dance.


Composers

Beethoven
Britten
Rautavaara
Tickmayer 
Piazzolla

Ludwig van Beethoven

Grosse Fuge

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer widely considered to be one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time. His innovative compositions combined vocals and instruments, widening the scope of sonata, symphony, concerto and quartet. He is the crucial transitional figure connecting the Classical and Romantic ages of Western music. Some of his greatest works were composed while Beethoven was going deaf.

Edward Benjamin Britten

Variations for Two Couples

Edward Benjamin Britten was an English composer, conductor, and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music, orchestral and chamber pieces. His best-known works include the opera Peter Grimes (1945), the War Requiem (1962) and the orchestral showpiece The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (1945).

Einojuhani Rautavaara

Variations for Two Couples

Einojuhani Rautavaara was a Finnish composer of classical music. Rautavaara wrote a great number of works spanning various styles. These include eight symphonies, nine operas and twelve concertos, as well as numerous vocal and chamber works. Having written early works using 12-tone serial techniques, his later music may be described as neo-romantic and mystical. His major works include his first piano concerto (1969), Cantus Arcticus (1972) and his seventh symphony, Angel of Light (1994).

Stefan Kovács Tickmayer

Variations for Two Couples

Stefan Kovács Tickmayer is a French composer, pianist and music essayist. Tickmayer has undertaken a diverse and eclectic musical career crossing various genre and stylistic boundaries. Tickmayer’s compositions have been performed by Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich, Kremerata Baltica, Keller Quartet, David Geringas, Tatiana Vassilieva, Alexei Ogrintchouk, The Netherlands Wind Ensemble, De Volharding, Seattle Chamber Players and many others.

Astor Pantaleón Piazzolla

Variations for Two Couples and 5 Tangos

Astor Pantaleón Piazzolla was an Argentine tango composer, bandoneon player, and arranger. His works revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, distinct from the traditional tango in its incorporation of elements of jazz, its use of extended harmonies and dissonance, its use of counterpoint, and its ventures into extended compositional forms. Piazzolla also introduced new instruments that were not used in the traditional tango, including the flute, saxophone, electric guitar, electronic instruments, and a full jazz/rock drum kit. Biographers estimate that Piazzolla wrote around 3,000 pieces and recorded around 500.

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