The celebrated, much storied Bavarian company will open the 36th Castell de Peralada Festival with a double bill. The company was founded during the 1990-91 season as an independent department of the Bavarian State Opera and now has a wide repertoire that spans productions from classical ballet to modern dance, from works by Ray Barra, John Cranko, Mats Ek, Jiri Kylian, John Neumeier, Hans van Manen and Peter Wright as well as David Dawson, Sharon Eyal, Marco Goecke, Andrey Kaydanovskiy, Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett, Christian Spuck and Christopher Wheeldon, among many others. The Bavarian State Ballet has a company of dancers of great versatility, quality and exceptional technique backed up by their stage presence and expressiveness. Recently, Laurent Hilaire was appointed Artistic Director of the company as successor to Igor Zelensky, who left the Bavarian company in April.
Three great choreographers have assembled the programme for the opening night of the Festival. First, With a Chance of Rain, an exuberant and expansive ballet by Liam Scarlett that creates a unique atmosphere as it deals magisterially with the relationship between music and dance through Rachmaninov’s Six Preludes. That is followed by Sharon Eyal’s Bedroom Folk with electronic music by Ori LichtiK, which speaks to us of the compulsion to submerge our identity in a group, of the loss of individuality through a choreography stuffed with abstraction of movement, but in which situations arise time and again. Finally, Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra by George Balanhine with music by Igor Stravinsky. The centrepiece of the ballet Jewels premiered in 1967 (the first full-length abstract classical ballet) which radiates the glamour of Broadway. The choreography mixes elements of jazz dance with steps that would be at home in a musical theatre show, where huge jumps – big and classical – are mixed with brilliant, syncopated steps that are reminiscent of tap. Creativity, passion and perseverance. A night of ecstasy for lovers of dance.
PATHS AND HORIZONS - Opening night
Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra
Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
George BALANCHINE/ Ígor STRAVISNKI
With a Chance of Rain, Liam SCARLETT/ Sergei RACHMANINOFF
Bedroom Folk, Sharon EYAL/ Ori LICHTIK
*The order of the programme is not final