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Limitless - Hungarian National Ballet Budapest

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29th January 2019 in the Janáček Theatre

The evening of the three world choreographies: 

   

TROY GAME – WITH AMAZONS / Robert North

BEDROOM FOLK / Sharon Eyal, Gai Behar

THE VERTIGINOUS THRILL OF EXACTITUDE / William Forsythe

    

     

Robert North / Bob Downes

TROY GAME – WITH AMAZONS

All-male ballet parody in one act – female version

(1974, Liverpool)

American dancer and choreographer Robert North’s most famous piece is a dance parody. The satirical ‘macho man’ depiction is constructed on elements of martial arts and bodybuilding in this humorous – and exceptionally athletically demanding – choreography, which was originally only danced by men. The Hungarian State Ballet premiered the piece in May 2014, and made ballet history in the same year by producing a parody of the parody for the first time in Europe, namely the female version of Troy Game, where the same choreography is performed by women instead of men.

The all-female version will appear on stage at the gala night celebrating the Opera House’s 130th anniversary on 27 September 2014, after which the female and male versions are performed alternately.

Choreographer Robert North

Composer Bob Downes

Costume designer Peter Farmer

Lighting designer Kirk Bookman

Stager Julian Moss

Répétiteur Angéla Kövessy

    

Sharon Eyal / Gai Behar / Ori Lichtik

BEDROOM FOLK

Ballet in one act

(2015, Amsterdam)

Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar are among the most exciting, original creative pairs in contemporary dance. The Jerusalem-born Eyal was a dancer, and later a choreographer, with Israel’s exceedingly important Batsheva Dance Company before forming her own ensemble, the L-E-V Company, in 2013. Her creative and romantic partner, Gai Behar, is a DJ and underground creative specialist in Tel Aviv.

In 2015, they composed Bedroom Folk for the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT 1), a piece that formed part of the Strong Language dance show. Music, dance and light each receive equal emphasis in the choreography, which is little more than half an hour in length. The creation, which blends clean, uniquely designed and exotic dance elements and operates with suggestive colours and lighting, has a captivating atmosphere which is both serious and silly at the same time. It is controlled chaos which points the way to the future.

Creator Sharon Eyal

Co-creator Gai Behar

Music Ori Lichtik

Lighting designer Thierry Dreyfus

Costume designer Rebecca Hytting

Répétiteur Olivia Ancona

Company répétiteur Marianna Venekei

   

William Forsythe / Franz Schubert

THE VERTIGINOUS THRILL OF EXACTITUDE

Ballet in one act

(1996, Frankfurt)

American ballet dancer and choreographer William Forsythe started creating his own works at the Stuttgart Ballet and was appointed to the helm of Ballet Frankfurt in 1984, remaining the ensemble’s pivotal leader until 2004. He regarded George Balanchine as his greatest role model. His works are characterised by the use of classical technique as a starting point, but then thinking them through even to the point of extremes. One example of this is his 11-minute piece The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, created for three female and two male dancers: solos, pas de deux, pas de trois and ensemble pieces alternate without a plot to the virtuosic and majestic final movement of Schubert’s “Great” Ninth Symphony.

A tribute to classical technique, this work is today considered one of the most challenging short ballets to perform. After In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, this work is the second of Forsythe’s works to make it into the Hungarian National Ballet’s repertoire.

Choreographer William Forsythe

Composer Franz Schubert

Set and lighting designer William Forsythe

Costume designer Stephen Galloway

Technical supervisor Sebastian Rietz

Répétiteurs Amy Raymond, Agnes Noltenius

Company répétiteur Edit Rujsz

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