Balanchine – Gat – Tetley:
A Touch of Eternity!
The State OperaApproximate running time
2 hours 15 minutes, 2 intermission 20 minutesPremiere
Czech premiere: 20 and 21 October 2017 at the National Theatre
Serenade – Separate Knots – Le sacre du printemps
This performance goes beyond the limits of time not only with its name but also with its perfect ballet forms, pure beauty and breathtaking effect of contemporary dance. The first part – Serenade by George Balanchine – and the closing choreography – The Rite of Spring by Glen Tetley are great treasures of ballet tradition. The middle part of the evening, Separate Knots, is an original artwork by an Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat who created this intimate duet especially for the Czech National Ballet.
Watching Timeless performance is highly exciting, especially considering the fact that The Rife of Spring is so demanding that the dancers are pushed beyond their physical limits.
The middle part of the evening, Separate Knots, is an original artwork by an Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat who created this intimate duet especially for the Czech National Ballet.
The author plays out an interesting game of “two knots, worlds, energy fields that are separated”. Part of the performance is also live music – a piano virtuoso plays F. Chopin and adds another timeless dimension to the piece. There is one more thing about Separate Knots that is remarkable.
Emanuel Gat created his work for three different casts that are uniquely mixed: There are two males, two females and a male and a female. These three pairs take turns, each evening there is a different pair on stage. They bring very different interpretations due to gender differences but also thanks to their unrepeatable creativity, personal vibe and refreshing moments of unpredictability.
Soloists and corps de ballet of The Czech National Ballet
State Opera Orchestra
Piano solo: Martin Levický / Marcel Javorček / David Švec
Ondřej Vinklát, Le sacre du printemps, The best Achievement in category Ballet, pantomime
Nikola Márová, Le sacre du printemps, The best Achievement in category Ballet, pantomime
The performance of the Serenade, a Balanchine Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust.
Performance of the Le sacre du printemps by permission of the Glen Tetley Legacy.
Photo of the visual image: Pavel Hejný
Photographers for production: Serghei Gherciu, Pavel Hejný, Younsik Kim, Anna Rasmussen, Dasa Wharton
Photo and video gallery
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