EMPIRE NOIR

World première: 17 June 2015
Dutch National Ballet
Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Choreography David Dawson
Music Greg Haines
Set Design John Otto
Costume Design Yumiko Takeshima
Light Design Bert Dalhuysen
Choreographic Assistants Tim Couchman, Charlotte Chapellier

The world of Empire Noir is a ballet designed as a blast of graphic energy. Fast paced and relentless in its own journey through the darkness of the night.

The colour Black, the void of madness. Performed as a pure dance event, Empire Noir works to allow each of it’s 10 dancers to shine as individuals, but also to present themselves as a team.

This dance is contained inside an architectural illusion created by John Otto who as set designer manages to create simplicity in building a structural surprise.

Completed with a upbeat original score by Greg Haines, an over exposed light design by Bert Dalhuysen, and costumes that behave as a second skin by Yumiko Takeshima, Empire Noir is a force unto itself. An observed entertainment played at it’s fullest force aiming to leave its audience breathless.

  • Edo Wijnen - Empire Noir - Dutch National Ballet - photo © Angela Sterling
  • Sasha Mukhamedov and James Stout - Empire Noir - Dutch National Ballet - photo © Angela Sterling
  • Elle Macy and Batkhurel Bold - Empire Noir - PNB - photo © Angela Sterling
  • Michaela DePrince, Sasha Mukhamedov, Igone Gremillet de Jongh, Suzanna Kaic, Floor Eimers - Empire Noir - Dutch National Ballet - photo © Angela Sterling
  • Joshua Grant, Noelani Pantastico and Karel Cruz - Empire Noir - PNB - photo © Angela Sterling
  • Noelani Pantastico - Empire Noir - PNB - photo © Angela Sterling
  • Floor Eimers and Jozef Varga - Empire Noir - Dutch National Ballet - photo © Angela Sterling
  • Lindsi Dec and Joshua Grant - Empire Noir - PNB - photo © Angela Sterling
  • Michaela DePrince - Empire Noir - Dutch National Ballet - photo © Angela Sterling
  • Jerome Tisserand - Empire Noir - PNB - photo © Angela Sterling
  • Elle Macy - Empire Noir - PNB - photo © Angela Sterling
  • Lesley Rausch and Karel Cruz - Empire Noir - PNB - photo © Angela Sterling
  • Lesley Rausch and Karel Cruz - Empire Noir - PNB - photo © Angela Sterling
  • Suzanna Kaic and Edo Wijnen - Empire Noir - Dutch National Ballet - photo © Angela Sterling
Courtney Richardson, Fabien Voranger - Tristan + Isolde - Semperoper Ballett - photo © Ian WhalenEnsemble - Swan Lake - Scottish Ballet - photo © Rimbaud Patron
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