Nederlands Dans Theater
As the decade progressed, the free spirit of the sixties paved the way for a climate of idealistic optimism. The democratization of culture and increased government subsidy ensured that more and more people had access to dance. Security paved the way for adventure and choreographers responded by pushing the boundaries of dance convention. Mutations, created in collaboration between choreographers Hans van Manen and Glen Tetley for the Nederlands Dans Theater, tackled many of those conventions at once. The choreography included both a live performance and a recorded video projection, as well as a ‘catwalk’ that disregarded ballet’s traditional stage proscenium. Significantly, however, Mutations was also the first subsidized ballet in the Netherlands to include nudity. The choreography followed earlier international theater productions such as Hair in 1967 and Oh! Calcutta in 1969 to reflect the open, progressive sprit of the time. In the Netherlands, Mutations was an enormous success. Outside of the country, however, the choreography provoked scandal, including death threats in the United States and the throwing of broken glass onto the stage in the United Kingdom.