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An Evening with Jiří Kylián & Nederlands Dans Theater

Svadebka | Symphony of Psalms | Torso

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Igor Stravinsky:  Symphony of Psalms | Svadebka
Toru Takemitsu: Torso 

Choreographer Jirí Kylián's work frequently manages to delve deeply into the mysteries of human existence, revealing its hidden aspects. His kinetic imagination vividly conjures up moods and situations of such intensity that the dance becomes an ideal medium for posing important existential questions and delving into social phenomena. This program presents three early ballets by of one of the most important choreographers of our time.

Stravinsky's Les Noces (Svadebka) pictures the ceremony of a traditional Russian country wedding. The music, with its fast pace and intricate rhythmic structures, presents the composers greatest choreographic challenge.

Jirí Kylián's ballet set to Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms captures the archaic power of the music.

A post-68 Czech exile, Jirí Kylián was moved to create Torso (Music: Tõru Takemitsu) by the plight of the Russian dancers Valery and Galina Panov, who found asylum in Israel. Kylián has succeeded in imposing his unmistakable vision of contemporary ballet with the force of genius and grace.

Dedicated to bridge the gap between modern dance and classical ballet, the Nederlands Dans Theater forged a reputation as one of the most innovative and exciting dance groups in Europe. Under Jiří Kylián’s visionary direction (from 1975 to 1999), the company’s international pre-eminence kept growing.


Svadebka (1982)

Joke Zijlstra, dancer
Gerald Tibbs, dancer
Jirí Kylian, choreographer
John MacFarlane, set and costume design
Music: Igor Stravinsky: Les Noces
Recorded in 1984.


Symphony of Psalms (1978)

Netherlands Dance Theatre
Jirí Kylian, choreographer
Music: Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
Recorded in 1983.


Torso (1975)

Sabine Kupferberg, dancer
Leigh Warren, dancer
Jirí Kylian, choreographer
Walter Nobbe, set and costume design
Music by Toru Takemitsu
Recorded in 1983.

The world-renowned choreographer Jiří Kylián (Czechoslovakia, 1947) has been artistic director of Nederlands Dans Theater for nearly a quarter century. After having created three ballets for NDT (Viewers, Stoolgame and La Cathédrale Engloutie), Kylián became the company’s artistic director in 1975 together with Hans Knill. In 1978 he and Carel Birnie founded NDT 2, meant to offer young dancers the opportunity to develop their skills and talents and focus on maturing their artistic personalities. In 1991 he initiated NDT 3; a company that created opportunities for older dancers. NDT stood out as the first company worldwide that showed the three dimensions of a dancer´s life. After an extraordinary record of service Kylián handed over the artistic leadership in 1999, but remained the company’s house choreographer until 2009.

Since his last piece Mémoires d’Oubliettes for NDT in 2009, Kylián’s creative focus has shifted to more small scale projects and films. Kylián’s entire body of work counts 100 creations to date, of which 77 performed by NDT and no less than 75 were especially created for the company. Furthermore, he made pieces for companies worldwide such as the Stuttgart Ballet, the Opéra de Paris, the Munich Bayerisches Staatsballett, and the Tokyo Ballet.

Kylián received many prestigious, international awards and honours, such as Officer of the Royal Dutch Order of Orange-Nassau, Honorary Medal of Order for Arts and Science of the House of Orange given to him by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix, honorary doctorate of the Juilliard School in New York and the Honorary Medal from the President of the Czech Republic. To this day, Kylián’s masterpieces are frequently performed by numerous dance companies and schools around the world.

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