Classical Symphony. Petite Mort. Marguerite and Armand

- ballet and contemporary dance performance (triple-bill) -

Date of premiere at the Bucharest National Opera House: 25th of April 2015

Performances in the 2015-2016 season:
October 17 and 23, 2015
November 26 and 28, 2015

Duration: 2h30 (including two intermissions)

First part
Classical Symphony

Choreography: Yuri Possokhov
Music: Sergei Prokofiev (Symphony no.1, „Classical Symphony”, Op.25)
Costumes: Sandra Woodall
Sets/video: Yuri Zhukov
Coaching and staging: Gennadi Nedvigin
Original lighting design: David Finn
Conductor: Ciprian Teodoraşcu
Lighting design adapted by Ionuţ Gabriel Pruteanu

World premiere: April 9th 2010, San Francisco Ballet

 

Second part
Petite Mort

Choreography: Jiří Kylián
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Piano Concerto no. 23 in A major, K488 – Adagio and Piano Concerto no. 21 in C major, K 467 - Andante)
Costumes: Joke Visser
Lighting concept: Jiří Kylián
Lighting creation: Joop Caboort
Light adaptation: Kees Tjebes
Coaching and staging: Elke Schepers
Conductor: Ciprian Teodoraşcu
Piano: Ştefan Doniga

World premiere: August 23th 1991, Kleines Festspielhaus, Salzburg Festival

 

Third part
Marguerite and Armand

One-act ballet, inspired by „The Lady of Camellias” by Alexandre Dumas II
Choreography: Sir Frederick Ashton
Music: Franz Liszt (arrangement: Dudley Simpson)
Designer: Sir Cecil Beaton
Original lighting design: John B. Read
Lighting design adapted by Ionuţ Gabriel Pruteanu
Coaching and staging: Grant Coyle
Additional ballet coaching: Corina Dumitrescu, Călin Rădulescu, Florica Stănescu
Conductor: Ciprian Teodoraşcu
Piano: Ştefan Doniga

World premiere: March 12th 1963, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London


Cast of the 2015-2016 season: 

1. Classical Symphony

One couple - Cristina Dijmaru and Barnaby Bishop (debut) / Bianca Fota and Dawid Trzensimiech / Cristina Dijmaru and Robert Enache

Two couples - Rin Okuno and Shuhei Yoshida | Sena Hidaka and Barnaby Bishop / Mihaela Soare and Bogdan Cănilă | Abigail Cockrell (debut) and Takahiro Tamagawa (debut) / Mihaela Soare and Shuhei Yoshida | Abigail Cockrell and Takahiro Tamagawa 

Four couples - Amy Lee Bale, Akane Ichii, Nastazia Philippou, Bianca Stoicheciu, Alessandro Audisio (debut), Răzvan Cacoveanu (debut), Liam Morris, Egoitz Segura/ Amy Lee Bale, Nastazia Philippou, Akane Ichii, Bianca Stoicheciu, Egoitz Segura, Liam Morris, Răzvan Cacoveanu, Alessandro Audisio

2. Petite Mort

Duet 1 - Cristina Dijmaru and Egoitz Segura (debut) / Florentina Răducu and Miquel Torrents (debut) / TBA
Duet 2 - Raquel Bergstrom and Liam Morris / Diana Tudor and Cristian Preda
Duet 3 - Sena Hidaka and Shuhei Yoshida
Duet 4 - Nastazia Philippou and Henry Dowden (debut)/ Nastazia Philippou and Lucas Campbell / TBA
Duet 5 - Andra Ionete (debut) and Dawid Trzensimiech / Marina Minoiu and Dawid Trzensimiech / Andra Ionete and Egoitz Segura / TBADuet 1 - Cristina Dijmaru and Egoitz Segura (debut) / Florentina Răducu and Miquel Torrents (debut) / TBA
Duet 2 - Raquel Bergstrom and Liam Morris / Diana Tudor and Cristian Preda

3. Marguerite and Armand

Marguerite - Marina Minoiu / Bianca Fota
Armand - Xander Parish (guest) / Dawid Trzensimiech
The Father - Călin Rădulescu / Antonel Oprescu 
The Duke - Antonel Oprescu / Călin Rădulescu
Eight Men - Caspar Stadler, Liam Morris/ Lucas Campbell, Ross McCaw, Jessy Chraibi, Mircea Ioniţă, Vicenţiu Popescu, Dean Rushton, Raul Oprea​​

and the Bucharest National Opera House Corps de Ballet

About

In the 2014-2015 season, the Bucharest National Opera House brought together, in first audition, three works created by some of the most sought-after choreographers of our time - Yuri Possokhov and Jiří Kylián -, as well as one work signed by Sir Frederick Ashton, one of the greatest choreographers of the 20th century. Thus, the audience will have the occasion to see within a single performance three representative creations signed by these artists, promoters of a dance style that successfully combines contemporary and academic manners and covers a range of universally valid themes, in a space of movement and surprising ballet elements. The three compositions represent different approaches to this subject, as each of the three choreographers translated his own style and concepts into the dancers’ moves.

 

Classical Symphony

Choreography: Yuri Possokhov

Music: Serghei Prokofiev (Symphony No.1, Classical Symphony”, in D major, Op.25)

Costumes: Sandra Woodall

Sets: Yuri Zhukov

Rehearsals supervisor: Gennadi Nedvigin

Original lighting design: David Finn

Conductor: Ciprian Teodoraşcu

 

The ballet work ”Classical Symphony”, choreographed by Yuri Possokhov, had its world premiere in April 2010 at San Francisco Ballet, where it triggered a wave of excitement among American viewers. It was later approached by many prestigious companies, such as Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Atlanta Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet. The work was dedicated to the great ballet master Pyotr Pestov and combines classical ballet moves in a unique way, representing an opportunity for virtuosic dancers, as well as an occasio for spectators to admire some a string of spectacular steps.

Classical Symphony” depicts an imaginary, acrobatic world, bringing to the fore magical characters that illustrate human relationships in a space resembling a dream through light and colour.

 

Petite Mort

Choreography: Jiří Kylián

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Concertul No. 23 for piano and orchestra in A major, K488 - Adagio and Concerto No. 21 for piano and orchestra in C major, K 467 - Andante)

Costumes: Joke Visser

Lighting design cocnept: Jiří Kylián

Lighting design: Joop Caboort

Lighting design adaptation: Kees Tjebes

Conductor: Ciprian Teodoraşcu

Piano: Ştefan Doniga

 

Jirí Kylián created his work ”Petite Mort” in 1991 specifically for the Salzburg Festival, on the occasion of celebrating two decades since the death of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This ballet work bears the imprint of Kylián’s choreographic style, characterized by unexpected movements, suggestive images and interpretative force. The message of this ballet is a complex one: through ”Petite Mort”, Jirí Kylián illustrates a wide range of human conflicts – varying from the male-female conflict to the collision between a submissive and a dominant; the female dancers are being delicate and elegant while the male dancers are brutal, angry warriors, energetically charged. These antagonism of ideas are abstracted by means of moves – alternating between grace and violence – which gives the auditors the occasion to draw a conclusion for themselves. An artwork designed to raise questions rather than provide answers, ”Petite Mort” approaches major themes of humankind: war, power, misunderstanding, sexuality, love.

 

Marguerite and Armand

A ballet inspired by ”The Lady of the Camellias” by Alexandre Dumas-fils

Choreography: Sir Frederick Ashton

Music: Franz Liszt (orchestraţia: Dudley Simpson)

Set design: Sir Cecil Beaton

Rehearsals supervisor: Grand Coyle

Conductor: Ciprian Teodoraşcu

Piano: Ştefan Doniga

 

In 1963, Sir Frederick Ashton, one of the most renowned choreographers of the twentieth century, known as ”the father of English ballet”, created his work ”Marguerite and Armand” for the famous couple of artist Margot Fonteyn - Rudolf Nureyev. This ballet, which like so many other great work of art, was inspired by the novel and play ”The Lady of the Camellias” written by Alexandre Dumas-fils and re-enacts the tragic emotional love story of a courtesan in Paris and a young man whose family is trying to chase away the woman he loves. The neoclassical style used by the choreographer is characterized by subtle innovations in terms of movement patterns, as well as the opportunity it offers to dancers to create lifelike, sensitive, romantic characters.

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