A premiere from Dutch National Ballet

METAMORPHOSIS, a new piece by David Dawson.

During our Christmas Gala last December, principal dancers Anna Ol and James Stout performed a preview of Dawson’s METAMORPHOSIS. Now we present the complete choreography for 23 dancers, on the piano five-part by Philip Glass of the same name, in a film by Altin Kaftira. Dawson – an Associate Artist of Dutch National Ballet since 2015 – already devised the starting points for METAMORPHOSIS before the corona pandemic, because he was originally going to make the production for the Junior Ballet Antwerp, of which he is patron. At the time, however, he could not have imagined how topical his ballet is now, given the recent developments in the world.

After the rehearsals of METAMORPHOSIS in Antwerp had come to a standstill due to the corona measures, Dawson decided to further develop his choreography via Zoom with the dancers of Dutch National Ballet. Because, he says: “I could not have made this work with any other group of dancers in this way.” Dutch National Ballet – where he had his major breakthrough as a choreographer over 20 years ago – is home to him, even though he has been living in Berlin for years now.

Philip Glass’s piano composition that Dawson chose for his new creation has intrigued him for years. Since he has mainly made large-scale works in recent years and Glass’ METAMORPHOSIS has a very intimate atmosphere, there has never been an opportunity to use the music before. Until now, because, says Dawson, “Glass’s composition carries this new choreography, the music brings everything together, immerses you in one atmosphere, in one dream.”

METAMORPHOSIS runs from 29th April