Dates : 21 – 23 June 2019
Saturday 3pm & 8pm
Venue : Esplanade Theatre
Da:ns series 2019 shines a spotlight on William Forsythe through two of his major works created in 1988 and 2016, danced by two world renowned companies, Paris Opera Ballet and Dresden Semperoper Ballett.
The world-famous Paris Opera Ballet was the birthplace of classical dance, with origins tracing back over more than 300 years. Since then, the company has never ceased to pursue excellence, establishing itself as a repertory company, remaining faithful to its dual vocation of ensuring the continuity of the repertoire and offering an open door towards creation. The company rarely tours to the region and in June 2019, Singapore audiences will be treated to the works of three renowned choreographers in one programme.
Blake Works I by William Forsythe
Created for Paris Opera Ballet, Blake Works I is performed to seven songs by the English musician James Blake, who writes delicate ballads over electronic keyboard and syncopated percussion. The choice of music, with its allegiance to popular culture and its narrative implications, is poetic, joyous, hopeful – a celebration of the youth, talent and collective knowledge of a new generation of Paris Opera dancers.
In the Night by Jerome Robbins
Premiered by the New York City Ballet in 1970 and included in Paris Opera Ballet’s repertory since 1989, this work presents three elegant duets, each choreographed to a different nocturne by Chopin, featuring vastly contrasting sets of lovers, from innocent to impetuous, who meet beneath a midnight sky.
The Seasons’ Canon by Crystal Pite
Created in 2016 for Paris Opera Ballet, this is a spectacular large ensemble work featuring 54 dancers performing to the avant-garde update of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons recomposed by Max Richter. Drawing inspiration from the meticulous observation of natural phenomena, Pite imagined a series of succeeding, interlinking tableaux as men and women soar in unison in pulsing, breathing masses.
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