Photo: Hans Gerritsen

Choreographer: Hans van Manen

John Adams belongs to the group of minimal-music composers. As one of the younger representatives of this school, his music tends to have a more emotional character.
Originally, 'Shaker Loops' (1977/78) was composed for string quartet, in close co-operation with the musicians. In 1982/83 it was re-written for string orchestra, the version used for this choreography.

Hans van Manen's eponymous ballet follows the composer's musical structure. Restricted to an enclosed space, the encounter of a group of men and women create an oppressive atmosphere. In the no man's land where their short-lived affair takes place, a powerful sexual attraction builds up, and Adams' ecstatic “shakings” take on orgiastic proportions.


  • Title: Shaker loops
  • Date Created: 1988
  • Rights: Hans Gerritsen
  • Choreographer: Hans van Manen
  • Music: John Adams
  • Light: Jan Hofstra
  • Decor: Keso Dekker
  • Costumes: Keso Dekker
  • World Premiere: November 29, 1987, Stuttgarter Ballett
  • Premiere NDT: April 28, 1988, AT&T Danstheater, The Hague

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