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The Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen created Déjà vu in June 1995 for two dancers in the junior troupe: Yolanda Martin and Fabrice Mazliah, both just twenty years old. Their entrée is highly unorthodox. They crawl backwards from the wings on all fours, dressed in black cat suits, one from the left, the other from the right. He uses Arvo Pärt’s music Fratres – which had, indeed, been used over and over by choreographers from all over the world – as the complement of a refined and intense struggle for power between two equal partners, man and woman.
- Theatre Company
- Nederlands Dans Theater 2
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- 12 min
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- Wilbert Bank
- Hans van Manen
- Rani Luther, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano
- Arvo Pärt
- Nederlands Dans Theater - The Hague - Netherlands
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