Hans van Manen – Marrying Movement and Music

Author: Poorhouse International

A portrait of Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen for his 90th birthday directed by Reiner E. Moritz.

  • Hans van Manen | Copyright: © James Wilkins

    Hans van Manen © James Wilkins

Poorhouse international is pleased to to represent the latest documentary by Reiner E. Moritz, a profile of Hans van Manen. The celebrated Dutch choreographer has striven all his life to creating meaning by marrying movement to music. He is therefore very critical of some of the latest developments in dance and will be talking about his vision of an art form that excels in fusing two disciplines into something new. He dismisses attempts to go against the music or just using it as wallpaper. Director and choreographer have jointly selected clips of his most successful ballets from the sixties until now, starting with “Metaforen” and the first pas de deux for men in the history of dance. Famous titles like “Adagio for Hammerklavier”, “Five Tangos”, “Große Fuge”, “Corps” and “Piano Variations”, to name but a few, will feature next to less well known work which is nevertheless close to the choreographer´s heart. We will hear stories about the creational process and where Hans van Manen took his inspiration from. Contributions from colleagues, friends and last but not least his long time partner, Henk van Dijk, will round off the portrait of a power house still going strong at 90 with work of his shown by as many companies world-wide.

Duration ca. 58'
Production Company RM Creative
Director Reiner E. Moritz
Video format 4K



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