Ballet

Forgotten Land

George Balanchine / Jiří Kylián / William Forsythe

Ballet evening in three parts Music by Georges Bizet, Benjamin Britten and Gavin Bryars

Nothing seemed more awful to Jiří Kylián than to be forgotten – whether as a person, a moment or an emotion. In 1981, therefore, he choreographed »Forgotten Land« as an homage to lands, lovers and times that have fallen into oblivion. The inspiration for this work is supposed to be a painting by Edvard Munch of a lonely shore: a human landscape, washed away by the sea … »Forgotten Land« also provides the title for this production by Semperoper Ballett and at the same time forms the thematic core of this three-part evening. The work is flanked by two other groundbreaking choreographies of modern dance: George Balanchine’s »Symphony in C« and William Forsythe’s »Quintett«. Premiered in 1947 under the title »Le Palais de Cristal«, »Symphony in C« arose out of Balanchine’s preoccupation with the symphony of the title that Georges Bizet wrote at the tender age of 17. The choreography aims for perfectionism in dance as in life – and is one of the most technically challenging works of neoclassical ballet. The evening’s final piece, »Quintett«, offers an unusually intimate view into the private life of its creator: Forsythe conceived the work in 1993 as a final love letter to his dying wife. However, rather than a threnody, this is a celebration of life, reflecting his wife’s »hunger for life«, which conquered the »trauma of her demise« to the very end.  

Summary

Nothing seemed more awful to Jiří Kylián than to be forgotten – whether as a person, a moment or an emotion. In 1981, therefore, he choreographed »Forgotten Land« as an homage to lands, lovers and times that have fallen into oblivion. The inspiration for this work is supposed to be a painting by Edvard Munch of a lonely shore: a human landscape, washed away by the sea … »Forgotten Land« also provides the title for this production by Semperoper Ballett and at the same time forms the thematic core of this three-part evening. The work is flanked by two other groundbreaking choreographies of modern dance: George Balanchine’s »Symphony in C« and William Forsythe’s »Quintett«. Premiered in 1947 under the title »Le Palais de Cristal«, »Symphony in C« arose out of Balanchine’s preoccupation with the symphony of the title that Georges Bizet wrote at the tender age of 17. The choreography aims for perfectionism in dance as in life – and is one of the most technically challenging works of neoclassical ballet. The evening’s final piece, »Quintett«, offers an unusually intimate view into the private life of its creator: Forsythe conceived the work in 1993 as a final love letter to his dying wife. However, rather than a threnody, this is a celebration of life, reflecting his wife’s »hunger for life«, which conquered the »trauma of her demise« to the very end.  

Complete Cast

  • Symphony in C

    Choreography
  • Music
    Georges Bizet
  • Conductor
  • Costume Design
     Karinska
  • Lighting Design
  • Staged by
    Merrill Ashley
    Stacey Cadell

  • Vergessenes Land

    Choreography
  • Music
    Benjamin Britten
  • Set Design & Costume Design
    John F. Macfarlane
  • Lighting Design
  • Staged by
    Cora Bos-Kroese
    Lorraine Blouin

  • Quintett

    Choreography, Set Design & Lighting Design
  • Music
    Gavin Bryars
  • Costume Design
    Stephen Galloway
  • Staged by
    Stefanie Arndt
Semperoper Ballet
Staatskapelle Dresden
and music from tape (Forgotten Land and Quintett)

Project Partner:
Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Sachsen
Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden
Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen
LBBW Sachsen Bank

Recommendations

Selected Performance Premiere

  • Saturday 20 May 2017
  • Starting Time 6 pm
  • Intervals two intermissions scheduled

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • 45 minutes before the performance in the opera celler (former cellar restaurant)

Cast

  • Symphony in C

    Choreography
    George Balanchine
  • Music
    Georges Bizet
  • Conductor
    Eva Ollikainen
  • Costume Design
     Karinska
  • Lighting Design
    Fabio Antoci
  • Staged by
    Merrill Ashley, Stacey Cadell

  • Vergessenes Land

    Choreography
    Jiří Kylián
  • Music
    Benjamin Britten
  • Set Design & Costume Design
    John F. Macfarlane
  • Lighting Design
    Kees Tjebbes
  • Staged by
    Cora Bos-Kroese, Lorraine Blouin

  • Quintett

    Choreography, Set Design & Lighting Design
    William Forsythe
  • Music
    Gavin Bryars
  • Costume Design
    Stephen Galloway
  • Staged by
    Stefanie Arndt, Thierry Guiderdoni
Semperoper Ballet
Staatskapelle Dresden
and music from tape (Forgotten Land and Quintett)

Project Partner:
Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Sachsen
Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden
Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen
LBBW Sachsen Bank

Selected Performance

  • Tuesday 23 May 2017
  • Starting Time 7 pm
  • Intervals two intermissions scheduled

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • 45 minutes before the performance in the opera celler (former cellar restaurant)

Cast

  • Symphony in C

    Choreography
    George Balanchine
  • Music
    Georges Bizet
  • Conductor
    Eva Ollikainen
  • Costume Design
     Karinska
  • Lighting Design
    Fabio Antoci
  • Staged by
    Merrill Ashley, Stacey Cadell

  • Vergessenes Land

    Choreography
    Jiří Kylián
  • Music
    Benjamin Britten
  • Set Design & Costume Design
    John F. Macfarlane
  • Lighting Design
    Kees Tjebbes
  • Staged by
    Cora Bos-Kroese, Lorraine Blouin

  • Quintett

    Choreography, Set Design & Lighting Design
    William Forsythe
  • Music
    Gavin Bryars
  • Costume Design
    Stephen Galloway
  • Staged by
    Stefanie Arndt, Thierry Guiderdoni
Semperoper Ballet
Staatskapelle Dresden
and music from tape (Forgotten Land and Quintett)

Project Partner:
Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Sachsen
Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden
Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen
LBBW Sachsen Bank

Selected Performance

  • Saturday 27 May 2017
  • Starting Time 8 pm
  • Intervals two intermissions scheduled

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • 45 minutes before the performance in the opera celler (former cellar restaurant)

Cast

  • Symphony in C

    Choreography
    George Balanchine
  • Music
    Georges Bizet
  • Conductor
    Eva Ollikainen
  • Costume Design
     Karinska
  • Lighting Design
    Fabio Antoci
  • Staged by
    Merrill Ashley, Stacey Cadell

  • Vergessenes Land

    Choreography
    Jiří Kylián
  • Music
    Benjamin Britten
  • Set Design & Costume Design
    John F. Macfarlane
  • Lighting Design
    Kees Tjebbes
  • Staged by
    Cora Bos-Kroese, Lorraine Blouin

  • Quintett

    Choreography, Set Design & Lighting Design
    William Forsythe
  • Music
    Gavin Bryars
  • Costume Design
    Stephen Galloway
  • Staged by
    Stefanie Arndt, Thierry Guiderdoni
Semperoper Ballet
Staatskapelle Dresden
and music from tape (Forgotten Land and Quintett)

Project Partner:
Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Sachsen
Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden
Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen
LBBW Sachsen Bank

Selected Performance

  • Friday 2 Jun 2017
  • Starting Time 7 pm
  • Intervals two intermissions scheduled

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • 45 minutes before the performance in the opera celler (former cellar restaurant)

Cast

  • Symphony in C

    Choreography
    George Balanchine
  • Music
    Georges Bizet
  • Conductor
    Eva Ollikainen
  • Costume Design
     Karinska
  • Lighting Design
    Fabio Antoci
  • Staged by
    Merrill Ashley, Stacey Cadell

  • Vergessenes Land

    Choreography
    Jiří Kylián
  • Music
    Benjamin Britten
  • Set Design & Costume Design
    John F. Macfarlane
  • Lighting Design
    Kees Tjebbes
  • Staged by
    Cora Bos-Kroese, Lorraine Blouin

  • Quintett

    Choreography, Set Design & Lighting Design
    William Forsythe
  • Music
    Gavin Bryars
  • Costume Design
    Stephen Galloway
  • Staged by
    Stefanie Arndt, Thierry Guiderdoni
Semperoper Ballet
Staatskapelle Dresden
and music from tape (Forgotten Land and Quintett)

Project Partner:
Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Sachsen
Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden
Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen
LBBW Sachsen Bank

Selected Performance

  • Tuesday 6 Jun 2017
  • Starting Time 7 pm
  • Intervals two intermissions scheduled

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • 45 minutes before the performance in the opera celler (former cellar restaurant)

Cast

  • Symphony in C

    Choreography
    George Balanchine
  • Music
    Georges Bizet
  • Conductor
    Eva Ollikainen
  • Costume Design
     Karinska
  • Lighting Design
    Fabio Antoci
  • Staged by
    Merrill Ashley, Stacey Cadell

  • Vergessenes Land

    Choreography
    Jiří Kylián
  • Music
    Benjamin Britten
  • Set Design & Costume Design
    John F. Macfarlane
  • Lighting Design
    Kees Tjebbes
  • Staged by
    Cora Bos-Kroese, Lorraine Blouin

  • Quintett

    Choreography, Set Design & Lighting Design
    William Forsythe
  • Music
    Gavin Bryars
  • Costume Design
    Stephen Galloway
  • Staged by
    Stefanie Arndt, Thierry Guiderdoni
Semperoper Ballet
Staatskapelle Dresden
and music from tape (Forgotten Land and Quintett)

Project Partner:
Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Sachsen
Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden
Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen
LBBW Sachsen Bank

Selected Performance

  • Wednesday 7 Jun 2017
  • Starting Time 12 pm
  • Intervals two intermissions scheduled

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • 45 minutes before the performance in the opera celler (former cellar restaurant)

Cast

  • Symphony in C

    Choreography
    George Balanchine
  • Music
    Georges Bizet
  • Conductor
    Eva Ollikainen
  • Costume Design
     Karinska
  • Lighting Design
    Fabio Antoci
  • Staged by
    Merrill Ashley, Stacey Cadell

  • Vergessenes Land

    Choreography
    Jiří Kylián
  • Music
    Benjamin Britten
  • Set Design & Costume Design
    John F. Macfarlane
  • Lighting Design
    Kees Tjebbes
  • Staged by
    Cora Bos-Kroese, Lorraine Blouin

  • Quintett

    Choreography, Set Design & Lighting Design
    William Forsythe
  • Music
    Gavin Bryars
  • Costume Design
    Stephen Galloway
  • Staged by
    Stefanie Arndt, Thierry Guiderdoni
Semperoper Ballet
Staatskapelle Dresden
and music from tape (Forgotten Land and Quintett)

Project Partner:
Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Sachsen
Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden
Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen
LBBW Sachsen Bank

Selected Performance

  • Thursday 21 Sep 2017
  • Starting Time 7 pm
  • Intervals two intermissions scheduled

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • 45 minutes before the performance in the opera celler (former cellar restaurant)

Cast

  • Symphony in C

    Choreography
    George Balanchine
  • Music
    Georges Bizet
  • Conductor
    Eva Ollikainen
  • Costume Design
     Karinska
  • Lighting Design
    Fabio Antoci
  • Staged by
    Merrill Ashley, Stacey Cadell

  • Vergessenes Land

    Choreography
    Jiří Kylián
  • Music
    Benjamin Britten
  • Set Design & Costume Design
    John F. Macfarlane
  • Lighting Design
    Kees Tjebbes
  • Staged by
    Cora Bos-Kroese, Lorraine Blouin

  • Quintett

    Choreography, Set Design & Lighting Design
    William Forsythe
  • Music
    Gavin Bryars
  • Costume Design
    Stephen Galloway
  • Staged by
    Stefanie Arndt, Thierry Guiderdoni
Semperoper Ballet
Staatskapelle Dresden
and music from tape (Forgotten Land and Quintett)

Project Partner:
Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Sachsen
Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden
Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen
LBBW Sachsen Bank

Selected Performance

  • Monday 25 Sep 2017
  • Starting Time 7 pm
  • Intervals two intermissions scheduled

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • 45 minutes before the performance in the opera celler (former cellar restaurant)

Cast

  • Symphony in C

    Choreography
    George Balanchine
  • Music
    Georges Bizet
  • Conductor
    Eva Ollikainen
  • Costume Design
     Karinska
  • Lighting Design
    Fabio Antoci
  • Staged by
    Merrill Ashley, Stacey Cadell

  • Vergessenes Land

    Choreography
    Jiří Kylián
  • Music
    Benjamin Britten
  • Set Design & Costume Design
    John F. Macfarlane
  • Lighting Design
    Kees Tjebbes
  • Staged by
    Cora Bos-Kroese, Lorraine Blouin

  • Quintett

    Choreography, Set Design & Lighting Design
    William Forsythe
  • Music
    Gavin Bryars
  • Costume Design
    Stephen Galloway
  • Staged by
    Stefanie Arndt, Thierry Guiderdoni
Semperoper Ballet
Staatskapelle Dresden
and music from tape (Forgotten Land and Quintett)

Project Partner:
Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Sachsen
Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden
Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen
LBBW Sachsen Bank

Selected Performance

  • Thursday 28 Sep 2017
  • Starting Time 7 pm
  • Intervals two intermissions scheduled

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • 45 minutes before the performance in the opera celler (former cellar restaurant)

Cast

  • Symphony in C

    Choreography
    George Balanchine
  • Music
    Georges Bizet
  • Conductor
    Eva Ollikainen
  • Costume Design
     Karinska
  • Lighting Design
    Fabio Antoci
  • Staged by
    Merrill Ashley, Stacey Cadell

  • Vergessenes Land

    Choreography
    Jiří Kylián
  • Music
    Benjamin Britten
  • Set Design & Costume Design
    John F. Macfarlane
  • Lighting Design
    Kees Tjebbes
  • Staged by
    Cora Bos-Kroese, Lorraine Blouin

  • Quintett

    Choreography, Set Design & Lighting Design
    William Forsythe
  • Music
    Gavin Bryars
  • Costume Design
    Stephen Galloway
  • Staged by
    Stefanie Arndt, Thierry Guiderdoni
Semperoper Ballet
Staatskapelle Dresden
and music from tape (Forgotten Land and Quintett)

Project Partner:
Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Sachsen
Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden
Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen
LBBW Sachsen Bank

Selected Performance

  • Thursday 5 Oct 2017
  • Starting Time 7 pm
  • Intervals two intermissions scheduled

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • 45 minutes before the performance in the opera celler (former cellar restaurant)

Cast

  • Symphony in C

    Choreography
    George Balanchine
  • Music
    Georges Bizet
  • Conductor
    Eva Ollikainen
  • Costume Design
     Karinska
  • Lighting Design
    Fabio Antoci
  • Staged by
    Merrill Ashley, Stacey Cadell

  • Vergessenes Land

    Choreography
    Jiří Kylián
  • Music
    Benjamin Britten
  • Set Design & Costume Design
    John F. Macfarlane
  • Lighting Design
    Kees Tjebbes
  • Staged by
    Cora Bos-Kroese, Lorraine Blouin

  • Quintett

    Choreography, Set Design & Lighting Design
    William Forsythe
  • Music
    Gavin Bryars
  • Costume Design
    Stephen Galloway
  • Staged by
    Stefanie Arndt, Thierry Guiderdoni
Semperoper Ballet
Staatskapelle Dresden
and music from tape (Forgotten Land and Quintett)

Project Partner:
Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Sachsen
Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden
Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen
LBBW Sachsen Bank