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Total duration 2 h 10 min
2 intermissions (25 min)
7 performances
10.5.2019 – 22.5.2019
Contemporary dance
Main Stage
tickets
15-99 €

A legend. A maestro. A star.

K.V.G. proudly presents three highly renowned choreographers at different stages of their careers. The long-time leader of Nederlands Dans Theater, Jiří Kylián, is one of the legendary choreographers of our time. Marco Goecke, 45, has been building a notable international career for some time. The young Jeroen Verbruggen, meanwhile, is a rising star whose imaginative work has attracted well-deserved attention.

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Verbryggen Jeroen

Sciamachy

JEROEN VERBRUGGEN – BERNARD HERRMANN

A world premiere by a star choreographer

Jeroen Verbruggen will create a brand-new production for 14 dancers of the Finnish National Ballet, with music by Bernard Herrmann from Alfred Hitchcock’s famous film, Psycho. The costumes have been designed by Erika Turunen.

Verbruggen is a young choreographer from Belgium with a breathtakingly speedy creative process. His choreographies have been performed by several European ballet companies, and his work has been received rapturously by audiences and critics alike. His signature style, often compared to the work of acclaimed choreographers Sasha Waltzin and Pina Bausch, is somewhere between contemporary dance and neoclassical ballet. In Verbruggen’s productions – such as Sciamachy – the female dancers dance en pointe.

Jeroen Verbruggen developed an interest in choreography very early on, while still working as a dancer. After ending his dancing career, his productions have included Kill Bambi for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo in co-operation with a Parisian fashion house, and a surrealist version of The Nutcracker for the Geneva Ballet. Ballet National de Marseille and National Dance Company Wales have also performed Verbruggen’s work.

Photo: Alice Blangero

“Jeroen Verbruggen adorns his work with his very own movement language. His creative process is something to keep an eye on.”

– L’Auditoire

Lonesome George

Lonesome George

MARCO GOECKE – Dmitri Shostakovich

A maestro's take on loneliness

Marco Goecke’s Lonesome George was first performed 2015. The touching and captivating work for 11 dancers was named after a giant tortoise called Lonesome George from the Galápagos Islands. It was originally thought that this tortoise, which died in 2012 at over one hundred years of age, was the last of its subspecies. That wasn’t the case, however, as others were later found on nearby islands.

“The story of George is a metaphor for my ballet. The dancers seem to be alone, too, but that’s not true either. There is always hope,” the choreographer says. “Loneliness is central to the tragedy of humanity, and dance can express that particularly intensely. The human body is a prison; we are constrained by our inability to step out of our bodies. It’s this feeling that gives me the substance for my work.” The score for Lonesome George is Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 in C minor.

Goecke’s inventive ‘goeckesque’ movement language consists of curious, even surreally ethereal moves, in time, space and the human body. Goecke works as the permanent visiting choreographer of the Stuttgart Ballet and the Nederlands Dans Theater. In addition to this, his works have been performed by the Hamburg Ballet, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, the Norwegian National Ballet and the dancers of New York City Ballet. Lonesome George had its world premiere in Düsseldorf by the Ballett am Rhein.

Psalmisinfonia

Symphony of Psalms

JIŘÍ KYLIÁN – IGOR STRAVINSKY

The landmark work of a legend

Symphony of Psalms is an early work by Jiří Kylián from 1978, when he had just been appointed as the Artistic Director of the renowned Nederlands Dans Theater. It became the group’s landmark work on its way to global fame.

The work has 16 dancers who all remain onstage throughout the performance. The choreography is an expression of Kylián’s personal vision of his group: the dancers are interdependent individuals who sacrifice their most valuable traits, talents and even their personalities to the group. The dance group constantly breaks into smaller segments or pairs, with individuals leaning trustingly against each other.

Symphony of Psalms was named after the music by Igor Stravinsky. The human feelings articulated by the chorus made a deep impression on Kylián. The music echoes with aggression and delicacy, rebellion and reconciliation, suspicion and faith. The solemn atmosphere of the music and set gives the work a compassionate, almost religious tone.

Kylián had a lengthy career as the director and choreographer of the Nederlands Dans Theater, and all in all he has created over one hundred choreographies. The Finnish National Ballet has featured several of Kylián’s works in its repertoire.

Symphony of Psalms image credit: Erik Berg / Den Norske Opera & Ballett

Psalmisinfonia

“Symphony of Psalms brings the audience and the dancers together in a shared ritual.”

– Jiří Kylián

Creative team

Sciamachy
Choreography, sets
Jeroen Verbruggen
Music
Bernard Herrmann
Sets, lighting design
Fabiana Piccioli
Costumes
Erika Turunen
Lonesome George
Choreography
Marco Goecke
Music
Dmitri Shostakovits
Sets, costumes
Michaela Springer
Lighting design
Udo Haberland
Psalm Symphony
Choreography
Jiří Kylián
Music
Igor Stravinsky
Sets
William Katz
Costumes
Joop Stokvis

Cast

Sciamachy

Performances and tickets

2 h 10 min
2 intermissions (25 min)
7 performances
10.5.2019 – 22.5.2019
Contemporary dance
Main Stage
tickets
15-99 €
Fri 10.5.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Sat 11.5.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Tue 14.5.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
sold out
Wed 15.5.2019
at 12:00
Päänäyttämö
sold out
Thu 16.5.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Sat 18.5.2019
at 14:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Wed 22.5.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale

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