A Collection of Short Stories

Ballet evening by William Forsythe / David Dawson / Jorma Elo / Nicholas Palmquist

This new multi-part ballet evening will display the entire artistic spectrum of the Semperoper Ballett under the direction of Aaron S. Watkin in a versatile programme that ranges between classical and neo-classical ballet as well as contemporary dance. William Forsythe’s »The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude« (1996) is a pure distillation of the skills and achievements of neo-classical dance in pointe shoes and tutus. Dresden audiences will have their first chance to see the pas de deux »FAUN(E)« for two men or two women by associate choreographer David Dawson, inspired by Claude Debussy’s famous composition. And as a special highlight, principal Marcelo Gomes will dance the solo »Still of King« by Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo, created for him in 2011. The master of classical ballet, Marius Petipa, is also represented with excerpts from »Swan Lake« and »Le Corsaire«, both in versions by Aaron S. Watkin. The evening closes with a new work by the young American choreographer Nicholas Palmquist. In »A Collection of Short Stories«, he traces human relationships and their fissures, embedded in a spatially expansive piano composition by Alexandra Stréliski.

Premiere 15. October 2021