Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart etc.
MADE IN USA
Serenade, Sofa, Lunar Sea - Noir Blanc
Choreography: George Balanchine, Olivier Wevers, Moses Pendleton
The ultimate of neo-classical ballet to cutting-edge, visual movement theatre.
This title is dedicated to choreographers who have lived and created in the USA. This electrifying triple bill features a diverse range of works, showcasing the best of the American dance scene.
Serenade is the first original ballet created by George Balanchine (1904-1983) in the USA and it had a major impact on the development of ballet in America in the 20th century. For this reason, Balanchine is rightly called the father of neo-classical ballet. This is the first time that our company will perform a work by this great master.
In contrast, The Sofa is by the contemporary artist, Olivier Wevers. A former principal of major North American ballet companies, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, he is currently the Artistic Director of his own company Whim W’Him. The Company is a platform focused on dance, choreography and artists engaged in innovation and collaboration.
Lunar Sea, choreographed by Moses Pendleton, is the last piece in the programme. It will be a visual dance work from the world-renowned dance group, MOMIX which comprises of dance movement illusionists.
We promise an all-American evening full of contrasts, from crystalline neo-classical ballet to exhilarating visual and physical theatre.
Premiere 29th October 2015, Janáček Theatre
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Herbie Flowers & Barry Morgan, Masakazu Ito
Beethoven, Together, Masculine / Feminine, Petite Mort
Choreography: Jiří Kylián, Lukáš Timulák, Mário Radačovský
A work by the world-renowned choreographer, Jiří Kylián, will be in the repertoire of the Ballet for the first time.
We join the fifty leading ballet companies in the world which have works by both George Balanchine and Jiří Kylián in their repertoires. For the first time a work by the choreographic master, Kylián, will be staged in Brno and introduced into the Company’s repertoire.
The evening opens a pair of ballet choreographies by artistic director of Ballet NdB Mário Radačovský. In the spring of 2015, he made the premiere in Grand Rapids Ballet of the original ballet Beethoven, part of which is an impressive introduction of this evening. Humorous miniature for the music of 5th Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven is a dancing orchestra without a conductor. The second choreography by Mário Radačovský Together on the music by Franz Schubert's famous opus Death and the Maiden. It is a microstory of victories and defeats, searching and finding, shared experiences and perceptions. Whether we like it or not, we are connected with other people.
Lukáš Timulák is the young Slovak choreographer, who was dancing in Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and Nederlands Dans Theater. He started his career like a choreographer when he arrived to NDT. He has worked also for the companies in Switzerland, Sweden or Slovakia. In his work Masculine / Feminine humorously explores some of the greatest mysteries of our day to day lives. As the title suggests, the differences between men and women are the inescapable result of our biology.
The most acclaimed dance choreographer today, Jiří Kylián, is the creator of the outstanding work, Petite Mort. He made this choreography for the festival in Salzburg to the 200. anniversary of Mozart´s death. He has chosen for it two slow parts of the most famous and most beautiful Mozart´s piano concerts. The choreography includes six men, six women, and six foils. The foils have the function to be actual dance partners, and at times seem more unruly and obstinate than a partner of flesh and blood. They visualize a symbolism which is more present than a story line. Aggression, sexuality, energy, silence, cultivated senselessness, and vulnerability - they all play a significant part. Petite mort, literally meaning 'small death', serves as a paraphrase for orgasm in French and Arabic.
For the two other choreographers whose works are featured in this evening, Jiří Kylián is their greatest role model and is the connecting element between them, as they both danced under Kylián’s leadership in the Nederlands Dans Theater.
Premiere 21st January 2016, Janáček Theatre