Talented young dancers from all over the world audition each year for a highly coveted place in the Junior Company. The group forms a major stepping stone to a successful professional career, demonstrated by the fact that forty percent of Dutch National Ballet now consists of ex-Junior Company dancers, including two principals and five soloists.
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Besides regularly taking part in productions by the ‘main’ company, the Junior Company dancers win high acclaim for their own touring programmes. This season’s tour includes new works by the young Dutch choreographers Wubkje Kuindersma, Joshua Junker and Sedrig Verwoert
Wubkje Kuindersma, who is currently a Young Creative Associate with Dutch National Ballet, previously choreographed Mesmer and Mångata for the juniors. And, with her male duet Two and Only for Marijn Rademaker and Timothy van Poucke (a former Junior Company dancer), she created an international furore.
Dancer and choreographer Sedrig Verwoert will also be presenting a new work. In his position as Young Creative Associate with Dutch National Ballet, he created the dance film I Feel It Too, his solo Renaissance and his large group piece Do All Dogs Go To Heaven?. Verwoert was nominated for a ‘Zwaan voor Meest Indrukwekkende Dansprestatie’ in 2020 for his creation They/Them (together with Christian Yav).
Joshua Junker, who trained at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and The Royal Ballet School in London, has been dancing with The Royal Ballet since 2018. In recent years, he has created several promising works for the choreographic project Draft Works, the British equivalent of New Moves, and has already received various prizes, including the Piket Art Award and the Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award. In Ballet Bubbles, Junker - who was born in Nijmegen - will be making his Dutch choreographic debut.
Pas de quatre - The Sleeping Beauty
Choreography Sir Peter Wright
Music Pjotr Iljitsj Tsjaikovski
World premiere - Nosotros
Choreography Wubkje Kuindersma
Music Johann Sebastian Bach
World premiere - Remembrance
Choreography Joshua Junker
Choreography Juanjo Arqués
Music Max Richter
World premiere - Promise
Choreography Sedrig Verwoert