14 Nov 2011


New Creation for Dutch Nationale Ballet

              Tsunami Wave Height > Japan 2011.                                                                         Nuclear Radiation after Tsunami > Japan 2011

The concept behind Consequence (2012) questions the metaphysical theme of the ever-evolving relationships found between Nature, Man and Technology.

Arques was inspired by the evolution of the philosophical concept of the ‘Sublime’, ranging from Burke to Kant and beyond. Romanticism suggested that Nature was more significant than anything humans could create, comprehend or overpower. This sense of awe soon turned into a form of terror motivated by Nature’s enormity.

A recent personal experience, as well as the catastrophes that took place in Japan (2011) aided Arques’s overall concept and movement language, communicating ‘control versus chaos’ as a pivotal dialogue.

The work is divided into three sections – the 1st representing Nature, inspired by the ‘Dynamic Sublime’, where devastating forces are considered; the 2nd, Human Strength, where the fallout on mankind is discussed; and the final section, Technology, which questions the tussle between human (intellectual) creation and its consequences.

“ Twenty-first century Man has been denied the choice to not be technological ” Jos de Mul


World Première: 15 February 2012, Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Choreography & Concept > Juanjo Arques
Assistant to the Choreographer > Heidi Vierthaler   
Ballet master >  Sandrine Leroy     
Music > Ryuichi Sakamoto + Jóhann Jóhannsson + Alva Noto
Set Design > Keso Dekker
Costume Design > Oliver Haller
Light Design > Bert Dalhuysen
Text > Matthew James Paluch

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  1. Great choice of visual image...one can almost see the movement burgeoning!

  2. Felicidades Juanjo!!
    Me encantaria verlo!!
    Muchos besos y mucha suerte!