One evening, two choreographers, three choreographies: three popular pieces from the broad and modern repertoire of the Hungarian National Ballet will appear here on a single evening entitled Total Dance. The choreographies of Johan Inger and Jiří Kylián occupy pride of place in the world of international modern dance and the repertoire of the Hungarian National Ballet alike.More than two decades ago, Johan Inger debuted as a choreographer inspired by the Czech master Jiří Kylián. His 2001 piece Walking Mad, a take on Ravel's Bolero, was originally created for the Nederlands Dans Theater company, but it has been on the repertoire of the Hungarian State Opera House since 2015. The minimalist space takes on newer and newer forms within the increasingly tense music, as yet more figures emerge in increasingly strange situations. Six women, six men and six swords appear in the unique atmosphere of Petite Mort, a piece with which Jiří Kylián paid tribute to Mozart on the 200th anniversary of the great composer's death. A bold visual world, this ‘mature era' ballet is characterised by elegance and sensitivity of style, with black, Baroque-style dresses and bizarre crinolines employed as accessories. The visual symbolism of the piece presents a world where aggression, sexuality, silence, music, vulnerability, interdependence and eternal human beauty exist side by side in a peculiar poetic environment.
"...I found it impossible to simply create different dance numbers reflecting merely the humour and musical brilliance of the composer. Instead, I have set six seemingly nonsensical acts...” Jiří Kylián wrote about Six Dances, in which the playfulness and absurd reality of Mozart are transposed into the language of movement. Kylián's dance piece is built upon the unlikely and comical situations encountered by the awkward, powdered-wigged heroes as a result of their sometimes unrealistic behaviour.
Presented by: National Dance Theatre
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