Ballet

Theme and Variations

George Balanchine / William Forsythe / Mats Ek

Music by Pjotr I.Tschaikowsky / Georg Friedrich Händel / Johann Sebastian Bach / Luciano Berio / Henryk M. Górecki Mixed bill

This ballet evening brings together three works by three groundbreaking 20th century choreographers.
With the Ballets Russes and later his own New York company, George Balanchine wrote an important chapter in the history of abstract dance. In his »Theme and Variations« he quotes from the lexicon of classical ballet, provocatively re-examining its notions of technical perfection in tutu and en pointe.
William Forsythe is not only a great admirer of Balanchine but also someone frequently described as the most important choreographer at work today. The pas de deux from his »Neue Suite«, specially arranged for the Semperoper Ballett, are in their radical focus on the dancers’ movements a consistent development of Balanchine’s approach.
The evening is rounded off by Mats Ek, who in the past decades has won acclaim for his highly original choreographies. The title of the piece »She was Black« has its origin in a joke from the stage act of the Swedish actor, author, composer and director Beppe Wolgers: »Last night I dreamt of God.« – »And what did he look like?« – »She was black.«

»Theme and Variations«, World premiere in 1947 in New York
Set for the Semperoper Ballett in 2006

»Neue Suite«, World premiere of the first version in 2012 in Dresden

»She was black«, World premiere in 1995 in Stockholm
Set for the Semperoper Ballett 2011


Summary

This ballet evening brings together three works by three groundbreaking 20th century choreographers.
With the Ballets Russes and later his own New York company, George Balanchine wrote an important chapter in the history of abstract dance. In his »Theme and Variations« he quotes from the lexicon of classical ballet, provocatively re-examining its notions of technical perfection in tutu and en pointe.
William Forsythe is not only a great admirer of Balanchine but also someone frequently described as the most important choreographer at work today. The pas de deux from his »Neue Suite«, specially arranged for the Semperoper Ballett, are in their radical focus on the dancers’ movements a consistent development of Balanchine’s approach.
The evening is rounded off by Mats Ek, who in the past decades has won acclaim for his highly original choreographies. The title of the piece »She was Black« has its origin in a joke from the stage act of the Swedish actor, author, composer and director Beppe Wolgers: »Last night I dreamt of God.« – »And what did he look like?« – »She was black.«

»Theme and Variations«, World premiere in 1947 in New York
Set for the Semperoper Ballett in 2006

»Neue Suite«, World premiere of the first version in 2012 in Dresden

»She was black«, World premiere in 1995 in Stockholm
Set for the Semperoper Ballett 2011


Complete Cast

Semperoper Ballett
Staatskapelle Dresden

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