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.

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Saturday, 12 January 2013
7.30 p.m. - app. 9.50 p.m.
Playing time: 2 hours 20 minutes (1 intermission)
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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 LukᚠSlavickı
2. Pas de deux Frau Evgenia Dolmatova
2. Pas de deux Herr Maxim Chashchegorov
3. Pas de deux Frau Lucia Lacarra
3. Pas de deux Herr Tigran Mikayelyan
1. Pas de trois Frau Mai Kono
1. Pas de trois Herr 1 Léonard Engel
1. Pas de trois Herr 2 Javier Amo
2. Pas de trois Frau Gözde Özgür
2. Pas de trois Herr 1 Karen Azatyan
2. Pas de trois Herr 2 Ilia Sarkisov

Gods and Dogs

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

Paar 1 Frau Giuliana Bottino
Paar 1 Herr Nikita Korotkov
Paar 2 Frau Séverine Ferrolier
Paar 2 Herr Dustin Klein
Paar 3 Frau Mai Kono
Paar 3 Herr Karen Azatyan
Paar 4 Frau Gözde Özgür
Paar 4 Herr Javier Amo

Soloists and Corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet