The concept behind Consequence (2012) questions the metaphysical theme of the ever-evolving relationships found between Nature, Man and Technology.

Arques was inspired by the evolution of the philosophical concept of the ‘Sublime’, ranging from Burke to Kant and beyond. Romanticism suggested that Nature was more significant than anything humans could create, comprehend or overpower. This sense of awe soon turned into a form of terror motivated by Nature’s enormity.

A recent personal experience, as well as the catastrophes that took place in Japan (2011) aided Arques’s overall concept and movement language, communicating ‘control versus chaos’ as a pivotal dialogue.

The work is divided into three sections – the 1st representing Nature, inspired by the ‘Dynamic Sublime’, where devastating forces are considered; the 2nd, Human Strength, where the fallout on mankind is discussed; and the final section, Technology, which questions the tussle between human (intellectual) creation and its consequences. See the full ballet

'Arqués's 'Consequence' brought Wayne McGregor to mind with his writhing, highly articulate style and minimalist design choices, but his work feels more human and, for such a young choreographer - he's 34 - is quite promising' — Laura Cappelle for Financial Times

Choreography Juanjo Arqués
Music Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jóhann Jóhannsson Set Keso Dekker Costumes Oliver Haller
Lights Bert Dalhuysen
Company Dutch National Opera and Ballet World première February 2012