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After a successful premiere in New York and San Francisco, Alexei Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy is now being performed for the first time in Europe with the Dutch National Ballet. The Russian-American choreographer calls it ‘my most personal work’, in which he explores his complex relationship with his homeland. It is an atmospheric sketch of the life and career of his favourite composer, who lived in the oppressive grip of the Soviet regime. Ratmansky was inspired by works from different periods of Dmitri Shostakovich’s life: the three parts are based on Symphony no. 9,Chamber Symphony in C minor, opus 110a, and Piano Concerto no. 1. They are performed by Het Balletorkest conducted by Matthew Rowe.