Goldberg-Variations / Gods and Dogs

Goldberg-Variationen. Ensemble. ©Wilfried Hösl Goldberg-Variationen. Ensemble ©Wilfried Hösl Gods and Dogs. Ensemble. ©Wilfried Hösl
Jiří Kylián, Jerome Robbins

Music by Johann Sebastian Bach / Jiří Kylián (Concept) / Dirk Haubrich and Ludwig van Beethoven

In 2008 Jiří Kylián created this mysterious, almost mystical ballet for four couples for the NDT with almost the identical team of composers, stage designers and project designers who had realized his “Zugvögel” (“Migratory Birds”) in Munich. “Gods and Dogs”, a puzzling double figure that emerged from the realm of the pharaohs, is a further step into the current cosmos of the Czech choreographer, who says of himself: “I am interested in the borderlines between normality and madness, between health and illness, and the norms which define both. At any moment of his life, a person can be designated as being in the one or the other category. But the precise moment when he is ultimately pushed over the border into pathological madness is beyond his perception.”

The Goldberg-Variations have tempted the widest variety of choreographers to venture interpretations over the decades, and they in turn have discovered the widest variety of valid solutions. One indisputable fact however is that the crown belongs to Jerome Robbins’s 1971 creation. “A terpsichorean play of jubilation”, wrote Horst Koegler after the world première: “the choreography as a paraphrase of space and motion, playing around the music, competing with it… a demonstration of a dance philosophy obligated only to itself, instructions for learning how to watch dance.” Robbins’s unmistakable adoption and casual variation of the classic motion canon, his instinct for structure and his absorption into Bach’s musical cosmos – the physical perfection of ballet transcended into a metaphysical event.



 
Date

Saturday, 23 June 2012
Nationaltheater
7.30 p.m. - app. 9.50 p.m.
Playing time: 2 hours 20 minutes (1 intermission)
Prices F
Open ticket sales
Reduced prices for the Program Young Audience
 
Cast

Goldberg-Variationen

Musik Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreographie Jerome Robbins
Kostüme Joe Eula
Licht Thomas Skelton

1, Pas de deux Frau Ekaterina Petina
1. Pas de deux Herr LukᚠSlavický.
2. Pas de deux Frau Roberta Fernandes.
2. Pas de deux Herr Maxim Chashchegorov
3. Pas de deux Frau Katherina Markowskaja
3. Pas de deux Herr Tigran Mikayelyan
1. Pas de trois Frau Zuzana Zahradníková.
1. Pas de trois Herr 1 Léonard Engel
1. Pas de trois Herr 2 Javier Gonzalez.
2. Pas de trois Frau Ilana Werner
2. Pas de trois Herr 1 Wlademir Faccioni
2. Pas de trois Herr 2 Ilia Sarkisov

Gods and Dogs

Musik Jiří Kylián
Choreographie Jiří Kylián
Bühne Jiří Kylián
Kostüme Joke Visser
Licht Kees Tjebbes
Projektionen Daniel Bisig
Tatsuo Unemi

Paar 1 Frau Emma Barrowman.
Paar 1 Herr Wlademir Faccioni
Paar 2 Frau Stephanie Hancox
Paar 2 Herr Sabine Urban
Paar 3 Frau Monika Hejduková
Paar 3 Herr Ilia Sarkisov
Paar 4 Frau Zuzana Zahradníková.
Paar 4 Herr LukᚠSlavický.



Soloists and corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet