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Déjà Vu

A surprising pas-de-deux by the great master Hans van Manen. The meaning of the duet in dance is crystal clear to Van Manen: “a ballet for one dancer is a solo, a ballet for two dancers a story” [Balanchine]. Déjà Vu premiered during the Holland Festival in 1995. To music by Arvo Pärt, two dancers, dressed in black, emerge from the wings in a surprising manner. The tension between the two sexes is palpable and still the connection keeps emerging.  

“Van Manen captures the essence of human relations” [NRC Handelsblad, 1995]

World premiere

1 juni 1995, AT&T Danstheater, Den Haag.


Hans van Manen

Additional Credits

Arvo Pärt: Fratres, voor viool en piano (1980)

Decor en kostuums:
Keso Dekker

Joop Caboort