The choreographer of »Josephs Legende« is already a firm favourite with the audiences of Semperoper Ballett. Following the works »Vertigo Maze«, »Cinderella«, »Noces« and »Romeo und Julia«, Stijn Celis has turned his attention to a spectacular ballet: »Josephs Legende« by Richard Strauss, who once declared his wish »to reform the art of ballet, transforming it into a form of music drama without words.« Here Strauss provides a thrilling musical depiction of a festive celebration in Potiphar’s palace. The party, however, turns sour when the host catches his wife attempting to seduce Joseph. Born just before the outbreak of World War I, »Josephs Legende« is now celebrating its 100th birthday. From a modern perspective this work looks rather like the final dance of a society teetering on the brink. Stijn Celis: »Richard Strauss’s music makes you feel as though you are trapped in a cage together with a fire-breathing dragon. The massive orchestral forces, dense tonal colouring and huge range of feeling heighten the macro-cosmic sense of pleasure and streamlined micro-harmonies. These fascinate me and stimulate my choreographic imagination.«
Audiences can look forward to Alexei Ratmansky's choreography (world premiere) on Richard Strauss´ Divertimento, Op. 86 to open this Ballet Evening.
Choreographies by Alexei Ratmansky and Stijn Celis
Running time 2 hours 5 minutes
Premiere 28 Jun 2014