World première: 17 June 2015, Dutch National Ballet, Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The world of Empire Noir is a ballet designed as a blast of graphic energy. Fast paced and relentless in its own journey through the darkness of the night. The colour Black, the void of madness. Performed as a pure dance event, Empire Noir works to allow each of it's 10 dancers to shine as individuals, but also to present themselves as a team. This dance is contained inside an architectural illusion created by John Otto who as set designer manages to create simplicity in building a structural surprise. Completed with a upbeat original score by Greg Haines, an over exposed light design by Bert Dalhuysen, and costumes that behave as a second skin by Yumiko Takeshima, Empire Noir is a force unto itself. An observed entertainment played at it’s fullest force aiming to leave its audience breathless.