The Old Man and Me
This work is a special dedication to Nederlands Dans Theater III founded by Jiří Kylián in 1991, for dancers aged forty and over, especially for his Kylián’s wife Sabine Kupferberg who had just reached the age of forty that year. Hans van Manen created Evergreens and Different partners for the troupe.
- Theatre Company
- Nederlands Dans Theater III
- Parental rating
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- 17 min
- In theaters
- Category / Genre
- Wilbert Bank
- Hans van Manen
- Sabine Kupferberg, Gérard Lemaître
- J. J. Cale, Igor Stravinsky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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