Ballet

100°C

Justin Peck / Jiří Kylián / Hofesh Shechter

Ballet evening in three parts Music by Bohuslav Martinů / Ludwig van Beethoven / Dirk Haubrich

Back in 2015 Justin Peck was a 27-year old »boy wonder« when he found fame with his ballet »Heatscape«. This »poetic and gripping creation« by »the most eminent choreographer of ballet in the USA« (according to the New York Times) displayed a wealth of invention and the utmost musicality. »The work itself,« according to Peck, »moves between abstract and narrative dance«, requiring some interpretative input by the audience. This is also true of Jiří Kylián’s »Gods and Dogs« from 2008, in which the choreographer examines the boundary between normality and madness by asking: »Where is that special moment when we cross the invisible line towards pathological insanity, and who determines its location?« The investigation of such norms is also one of Hofesh Shechter’s artistic preoccupations. The Israeli made his name with »Political Mother«, a furious analysis of contemporary society and politics. »But,« writes Shechter, »anger can be a driving force behind my work. I want to share this with the audience, to transform it into something constructive, something positive.« Regarding his brand new piece for Semperoper Ballett, Shechter promises something dynamic, »with a sense of drive and impulse. It will be a dazzling and restless work, one that will leave a strong impression on the audience!«

Summary

Back in 2015 Justin Peck was a 27-year old »boy wonder« when he found fame with his ballet »Heatscape«. This »poetic and gripping creation« by »the most eminent choreographer of ballet in the USA« (according to the New York Times) displayed a wealth of invention and the utmost musicality. »The work itself,« according to Peck, »moves between abstract and narrative dance«, requiring some interpretative input by the audience. This is also true of Jiří Kylián’s »Gods and Dogs« from 2008, in which the choreographer examines the boundary between normality and madness by asking: »Where is that special moment when we cross the invisible line towards pathological insanity, and who determines its location?« The investigation of such norms is also one of Hofesh Shechter’s artistic preoccupations. The Israeli made his name with »Political Mother«, a furious analysis of contemporary society and politics. »But,« writes Shechter, »anger can be a driving force behind my work. I want to share this with the audience, to transform it into something constructive, something positive.« Regarding his brand new piece for Semperoper Ballett, Shechter promises something dynamic, »with a sense of drive and impulse. It will be a dazzling and restless work, one that will leave a strong impression on the audience!«

Making-of »100°C«

Part 1 – »Heatscape«
Part 2 – »Gods and Dogs«
Part 3 – »Corpse de Ballet«

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