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Philadelphia Ballet to present a trio of evocative ballets this spring

Hans van Manen’s 'Humankind' explores interpersonal relationships through dance

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Philadelphia Ballet will conclude its 2021-2022 season this spring with Hans van Manen’s “Humankind,” a trio of evocative ballets that explore the acclaimed choreographer’s fascination with interpersonal relationships. Five performances are scheduled between Thursday, May 12 and Sunday, May 15 at the Academy of Music. Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now.

Set to Beethoven’s music, “Grosse Fuge” is an intense exploration of the push and pull of attraction and rejection that exists between humans, a theme that is reflected in the shifting emotionality of the dancers as they move from flirtatious to erotic, from tender to threatening.

“Variations for Two Couples is a nuanced and inventive ballet that moves through shifting styles and mood, borrowing inspiration from the dancers themselves.

“5 Tangos provides a vivacious finale to this program, fusing the steamy sensuality of traditional Tango with the poise and precision of pointe work.

Hans van Manen is internationally recognized as one of the grand masters of contemporary ballet. His body of work features more than 150 ballets and he has won a number of awards, including the Sonia Gaskell Prize, the German “Tanzpreis,” the Bob Angelo Medallion, and the Erasmus Prize for his outstanding achievements in Dutch dance.

See the full schedule for Humankind and purchase tickets here

Hans van Manen’s “Humankind”

May 12-15
The Academy of Music
240 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19102
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