Performing in Luxembourg for the first time, the bold and innovative and distinctive style of internationally acclaimed Ballet BC promises an exciting evening of contemporary dance. Artistic Director Emily Molnar's vision has steered the company of 18 dancers into a celebrated era of innovation and collaboration that has transformed contemporary dance in Canada. The evening at the Grand ThĂ©Ăątre will include three distinct performances.
Resident choreographer at Ballet BC since September 2015, Cayetano Soto created BEGINNING AFTER with eleven performers who explore the comfort and discomfort of truth and honesty. Truth is a comfortable place if it is accepted and pursued honestly, yet it can be uncomfortable if disliked or if living an illusion is the preferred state. The dancers also explore the uncertainty that accompanies memory, it can help those who seek the truth and yet annoy those who flee it. Indeed, what is truth, is it in fact subjective to the individual? Be prepared to question what you know. Inspired by two of Brahms' sonatas for cello and piano, Solo Echo is choreographed by Crystal Pite, whose most recent accolade was a Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. Yo-Yo Ma performs on cello, Emanuel Ax on piano. The first movement, Allegro from Opus 38, is expressed through exuberant and passionate solos and duets that resonate with a person in the prime of life and the Allegro echoes with that ambition and fortitude. In contrast, Adagio from Opus 99 is spare and soulful, seven dancers create a single entity; a collective body, with unfolding and collapsing structures that require enormous co-ordination and consonance. Its component parts are individuals, but as a whole it is its own expansive and complex being.
Petite CĂ©rĂ©monie is choreographed and designed by Medhi Walerski, who danced with Nederlands Dans Theater for more than a decade. In 2013 Medhi was awarded the most important Dutch dance prize VSCD Zwaan for his role in School of Thought (LeĂłn & Lightfoot). Petite CĂ©rĂ©monie is performed to a musical selection by Mozart, Bellini and Vivaldi, the performers are a group of people searching for the right space, the perfect balance. They explore the differences between men and women. Different brains. Boxes and wires trying to connect, to create a congruent image. The starting point of this creation is the imagined idea for each dancer of what "life in a box" means to them.
BEGINNING AFTER Choreography Cayetano Soto
Lighting & Costume Design Cayetano Soto
Assistant to the Choreographer Mikiko Arai
Assistant Lighting Design James Proudfoot
Assistant to the Costume Designer Kate Burrows
Music Giulio Cesare , HWV 17, Act 1: "Son nata a lagrimar", by Georg Friedrich HĂ€ndel; Arianna in Creta , HWV 32, Act 2: "Son qual stanco pellegrino", by Georg Friedrich HĂ€ndel;
performed by Nathalie Stutzmann, Philippe Jaroussky, Orfeo 55, courtesy of Warner Classics UK,
by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Running Time 20 minutes SOLO ECHO Choreography Crystal Pite
Music Johannes Brahms: Allegro non troppo: Cello Sonata Op. 38 in e minor, Adagio affettuoso: Cello Sonata Op. 99 in F major ; Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Emanuel Ax (piano)
Set Design Jay Gower Taylor
Costume Design Crystal Pite & Joke Visser
Lighting Design Tom Visser
Staged by Eric Beauchesne
Running Time 21 minutes PETITE CĂRĂMONIE Choreography and scenic designÂ Medhi Walerski
Music Selections Mozart, Bellini, Vivaldi compiled by Medhi Walerski
Costume Design Linda Chow
Lighting Design Bonnie Beecher
Running TimeÂ 27 minutes Production Ballet BC Lundi 17Â DĂCEMBRE 2018 Ă 20h00 (tickets)
DURĂE 1h10 & entracteAdultes 25 , 20 , 15 / Jeunes 8 / Kulturpass bienvenu Lieu: Grand ThĂ©Ăątre / Grande Salle