Get ready for an electrifying evening of contemporary works celebrating some of ballet’s most influential rule breakers!
The most powerful modernist voice the ballet world has known, George Balanchine was the original rule breaker, distilling the 19th century ballet traditions down to its essentials. In his thrilling classic Rubies, dancers tear through the stage to a flirtatious score by Stravinsky.
Dance titan William Forsythe shocked the establishment by breaking ballet conventions with his extreme lines and ‘drive and attack’ style. The HKB premiere of Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated will see one of the most significant contemporary ballets in the last four decades pushing boundaries to the extreme with its virtuosic displays of extravagant athleticism.
Shining a light on the future of ballet is today’s ‘bad boy of ballet’ Andonis Foniadakis with a thrilling world premiere set to a rock-tinged score. With its swoon-worthy physicality and dramatic lighting design, Foniadakis’ signature style of perpetual movement animates the stage and culminates in a spectacular finale.
Choreography: George Balanchine
George Balanchine is regarded as the foremost contemporary choreographer in the world of ballet. St Petersburg-born Balanchine had both the music and dance of Russia in his blood. Extensive musical training put him on equal grounds in communicating with great composers and enabled him to reduce orchestral scores on the piano, which is an invaluable aid in translating music into dance. Balanchine’s style has been described as neo-classical, de-emphasising plot in ballets and preferring to let ‘dance be the star of the show’. In his lifetime, he created 465 works, including Jewels as one of the renowned pieces
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Choreography: William Forsythe
An active choreographer for over 45 years, William Forsythe is renowned for redefining ballet in the 21st century. His interest in fundamental principles of organisation led him to produce numerous projects, including installations, films and web-based knowledge creations.
Appointed Resident Choreographer in 1976 and Director of the Ballet Frankfurt during 1984 - 2004, Forsythe then founded and directed The Forsythe Company until 2015. His earlier works have been danced by every major ballet company worldwide. More recently, Forsythe created original works for the Paris Opera Ballet, English National Ballet and Boston Ballet and the internationally acclaimed A Quiet Evening of Dance by Sadler’s Wells Theatre (London).
Choreography: Andonis Foniadakis
Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis has danced with Bejart Ballet and Lyon Opera Ballet. He has created works for dance companies like Martha Graham Dance Company, Rambert and Geneva Ballet, choreographed for operas and films and collaborated with Palais de Tokyo in Paris. He was Greek National Opera Ballet’s Artistic Director and is currently the Artistic Director of his own dance group Apotosoma. Accolades include Best Choreography by Italian magazine Danza&Danza and Greek Critics Union.