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Van Manen receives four stars in Financial Times

17 June 2014



Hans Van Manen programme, Mariinsky II, St. Petersburg

- by Laura Capelle, FINANCIAL TIMES

The Dutch choreographer's austere aestethics strikes a chord with the Mariinsky Ballet

Hans van Manen is often forgotten in the line of 20-th century masters who have shaped neoclassical ballet, from Balanchine to MacMillan. Yet the Dutch choreographer, now 81, may be the one the Mariinsky Ballet can embrace with most ease.

As the company tackled its first all-Van Manen programme over the weekend, his ascetic style and musicality found a ready echo among the Russian dancers.

(...) This new relationship with Van Manen is a fruitful development for the Mariinsky, which has lacked artistic focus lately; the company would do well to devote more resources to it.