George Balanchine / Martha Graham / Ohad Naharin / Joseph Hernandez

Four-part ballet evening

Premiere 3. November 2018


This four-part ballet evening is a journey into the labyrinth of the human psyche, where our passions, temperaments, fantasies and emotions collide. George Balanchine’s »Four Temperaments«, which premiered in New York in 1946, explores the four humours, melancholic, sanguine, phlegmatic and choleric, by means of dance. The stage and costumes are reduced to a minimum in order to direct the viewer’s gaze to the precise execution of the neoclassical choreography. Only one year later, also in New York, Martha Graham created her visually stunning adaptation of the Greek Minotaur myth »Errand into the Maze« for one female and one male dancer. The Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, a pupil of Graham’s, propels the dancers across the stage in his choreography »Black Milk«, originally created in 1991, here in the version for five male performers. This electrifying, seemingly archaic work is followed by the darkly mysterious choreographic work »Songs for a Siren« by Joseph Hernandez, created in 2018 for the Semperoper Ballett, which turns the stage into a place of internal and external hopelessness.