NDT’s productions are collaborations with internationally-acclaimed choreographers in contemporary dance.
The first production in cinemas on 8 & 9 December, is KYLIÁN / LEON & LIGHTFOOT / WALERSKI featuring the world-famous choreographer Jiří Kylián whom is a source of inspiration to many.
For over thirty years he has been the artistic director and in-house choreographer of NDT and one of the most important founders of the company. During this production, audiences will see two of his ballets from the renowned ‘Black&White’ series, as well as a new work from the generation that came after Kylián from NDT dancer and choreographer Medhi Walerski, as well as Swan Song by Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot.
Nederlands Dans Theater originated in 1959 when 22 people broke free from the Nederlands Ballet. These rebels were impassioned by dance and the desire to give it a style all their own. Under the direction of Carel Birnie and Benjamin Harkarvy they steadily built a different repertoire of modern dance. Over fifty years later Nederlands Dans Theater has become one of the leading dance companies in the world. A rich repertoire has been built up with works from master choreographers Jiří Kylián and Hans van Manen, as well as works from other house choreographers and associate choreographers.
ABOUT KYLIÁN / LEON & LIGHTFOOT / WALERSKI
In cinemas 8 & 9 December
– CHAMBER / World Premiere
Choreography : Medhi Walerski Music: Joby Talbot
(Contains scenes of nudity)
For over ten years, French choreographer Medhi Walerski was a leading dancer at NDT until 2008 when he made his debut as a choreographer. His work was such a success that he was repeatedly invited to create ballets for NDT and other companies. For Chamber, he worked with English composer Joby Talbot. Taking The Rite of Spring from Stravinsky as a starting point, the two young artists inspired each other and created a stunning piece.
– SWEET DREAMS
Choreography : Jiří Kylián Music: Anton Webern
This piece looks more like the result of a nightmare than that of a peaceful dream. But those who have seen this ‘masterpiece with the apples’ will never forget it. In this ballet Jiří Kylián takes an ironic look at the complex world of the human sub-conscious. Surrealistic, often erotic and impressive throughout, this ballet only figures in NDT’s repertoire.
Choreography : Jiří Kylián Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Jiří Kylián shows here his sense of humour. With six dancers on stage, it is bursting with male energy. The choreography also clearly shows how important music is to Kylián. The beautiful violin sounds by Bach surround a much rawer moment where the dancers use their voices forcefully. Sarabande is so inventive and rich in visual effects that it leaves plenty of room for one’s own interpretation.
– SWAN SONG
Choreography : Sol León and Paul Lightfoot Music: Philip Glass
Swan Song (2010) is a farewell ballet. The ballet is dedicated to former dancer Stefan Żeromski, who ended his dance career with this piece. As a muse of León and Lightfoot he was of great artistic significance. Philip Glass created a new composition specially for this ballet: Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra. Glass has been one of León and Lightfoot’s sources of inspiration for many years now. Swan Song is the first choreography León and Lightfoot made on music composed expressly for them.
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FROM PARTICIPATING CINEMAS
VIC: Cinema Nova, Village Rivoli, Palace Como, Palace Brighton Bay, Sorrento Athenaeum
NSW: Chauvel Cinemas, Riverside Theatres
QLD: Palace Centro
SA: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
TAS: MONA – Museum of Old & New Art
19 & 20 JANUARY SOL LEÓN AND PAUL LIGHTFOOT
9 & 10 MARCH CRYSTAL PITE
1 & 2 JUNE EKMAN EYAL&GAI BEHAR, LEÓN & LIGHTFOOT, INGER