Ecstasy and Death

18 Apr 2013 – 21 Apr 2013

Performances

London Coliseum

18 Apr 2013 – 21 Apr 2013

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Three contrasting 20th century ballets of magnificent choreography and deep poetic emotion, showcasing the Company’s stylistic versatility, technical brilliance and dramatic flair.

Petite MortJiří Kylián created Petite Mort especially for the Salzburg Festival on the second centenary of Mozart's death. For his work he chose the slow parts of two of Mozart's most beautiful and popular piano concertos. The choreography includes six men, six women, and six foils. The foils have the function to be actual dance partners, and at times seem more unruly and obstinate than a partner of flesh and blood. They visualize a symbolism which is more present than a story line. Aggression, sexuality, energy, silence, cultivated senselessness, and vulnerability - all play a significant part.

Le Jeune Homme et la MortLe Jeune Homme et la Mort (The Young Man and Death) follows a young man compelled by love for a cruel mistress. He desperately waits for her in his Parisian garret; but when she finally arrives, it is to torment him, daring him to commit suicide. When he kills himself, she returns with the mask of Death and the two figures walk away.

EtudesAlthough a number of ballets endured across the decades have become signature pieces for English National Ballet, Etudes is perhaps the most memorable. First presented in 1955, this showcase for the Company is an exhilarating take on the dancers’ daily ballet class.

Moving from simple pliés through increasingly more difficult demands on technique, Etudes follows the structure familiar to all ballet students from barre work to the centre; adage, allegro and pirouettes, set to an orchestration of Czerny’s piano tutorials. The finale showcases the virtuoso brilliance required of all leading
classical dancers.

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London Coliseum

Petite Mort

18 Klimentova, Osbaldeston, Oliveira, Ovsyanick, Summerscales, Fumero, Streeter, Bosch, Reimair, Forbat, Berlanga, Muntagirov
19 Hunt, Glurdjidze, Takahashi, Zehr, Ramirez, Stott, Streeter, Forbat, Bosch, Young, Atymtayev, Westwell (Matinee)
19 Klimentova, Osbaldeston, Oliveira, Ovsyanick, Summerscales, Fumero, Streeter, Bosch, Reimair, Forbat, Berlanga, Muntagirov
20 McWhinney, Glurdjidze, Takahashi, Zehr, Ramirez, Stott, Streeter, Forbat, Bosch, Young, Atymtayev, Westwell (Matinee)
20 Klimentova, Osbaldeston, Oliveira, Ovsyanick, Summerscales, Fumero, Streeter, Bosch, Reimair, Forbat, Berlanga, Muntagirov
21 McWhinney, Glurdjidze, Takahashi, Zehr, Ramirez, Stott, Streeter, Forbat, Bosch, Young, Atymtayev, Westwell (Matinee)

Le Jeune Homme et la Mort
18 Rojo – Le Riche
19 Zhang – Putrov (Matinee)
19 Rojo – Le Riche
20 Rojo – Le Riche (Matinee)
20 Zhang – Putrov 
21 Zhang – Reimair
Ivan Putrov replaces Yonah Acosta. 

Etudes
18 Takahashi, Muntagirov, Forbat and Berlanga
19 Kase, Saruhashi, Menezes and Vargas (Matinee)
19 Takahashi, Muntagirov, Forbat and Berlanga
20 Kase, SaruhashiMenezes and Vargas (Matinee)
20 Rojo, Muntagirov, Forbat and Atymtayev
21 Rojo, Muntagirov, Forbat and Atymtayev (Matinee)

Petite Mort

Dance Production / Choreography Jiří Kylián
Music W.A. Mozart
Set design Jiří Kylián
Costume design Joke Visser
Light design Jiří Kylián (concept), Joop Caboort (realisation)
Technical supervisor light/set Kees Tjebbes

Le Jeune Homme et la Mort

Choreography Roland Petit
Music Johann Sebastian Bach
Libretto Jean Cocteau
Design Georges Wakhévitch
Costumes Karinska
Lighting Jean-Michel Desiré

Etudes

Ballet/Choreography Harald Lander
Music Knudåge Riisager from Czerny's Etudes
Designs after Rolf Gerard
Lighting David Moh
Artistic Advisor Lise Lander

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