'You are an extension of me,
you are me myself, at the bottom of me.
You. There is no other form
of the world,
that rests in my heart,
and touches me so.
You are the dearest form of the world,
you are my home.
Without you I am far away,
although from what, I do not know,
but it is very very far.
The world is a little filthy away from you,
from your true me.'
Moderato cantabile... is about passion and absence: evoking the life of the emotions, it attempts to speak of love without actually achieving it, instead simply depicting the map that lurks beneath it. There is a room on the stage which exists - outside of space and time - according to fixed and permanent formulas. The figures arrive in this space, into the space of 'being elsewhere', where they leave indelible traces of themselves: departing on different paths whose trails reveal areas of freedom, even if in an illusory and volatile form.
The law of inertia was formulated by Isaac Newton in his Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, and is generally known as Newton's First Law. It states that any body will remain at rest or in motion at the same speed and in the same direction until acted upon by another body or field. Based on Stephen King's principle that 'everything is connected to everything else', this law can be taken from physics and applied to the relationship between life and fate. This inertia also has an effect on human existence: whatever happens to us, whether it is good or bad, is guided by our fate. What Shadows and Desires has to say, in the language of dance, is that no matter how much we feel that we are the true masters of our lives, this is a fanciful conceit. In reality, we are only shadows following the will of machinery operating according to the plan of an unfathomably great intelligence. All we are given is the chance to grasp, understand and interpret the events that occur around us. We are not the ones who cast shadows on the world, but are ourselves the shadow, which in the delirium of its desires helplessly follows events as they unfold.
A joint production by the Szeged Contemporary Ballet and the National Dance Theatre.
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Sponsors: Municipality of the Urban County of Szeged, National Theatre of Szeged, Ministry of Human Capacity, National Cultural Fund, Novotel Hotel (Szeged), CE Glass Company, Slim City Beauty and Health, Cool Service (Szeged), Busz Travel (József Császár), Hét Kávézó Coffee Shop, Foundation for Contemporary Ballet.
Presented by: National Dance Theatre
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