Tamas Solymosi, Artistic Director of the Hungarian National Ballet, is proud to present one of the most interesting works by Robert North, Troy Game together with one of the oldest classical-romantic ballets, La Sylphide. These will be performed in productions of the Hungarian National Ballet which will premiere on 3 May, 2014 at the Hungarian State Opera.
Troy Game is a one act work performed until now by men only. It was choreographed by Robert North, who received international acclaim through this particular piece, and will be staged by Julian Moss, well known teacher, ballet master and long-time assistant to the choreographer. North created this wonderful piece for London Contemporary Dance Theatre in 1974. His choreography combines the everyday routine of dancers with movements inspired by martial arts such as the Japanese aikido or the Brazilian capoeira. A strong European root connects these influences: ancient Greek war games. Hence the title: Troy Game. The music comprises batucada, a street version of samba played on percussion instruments, which played a vital role in composing the movements, and an original piece by Bob Downes, an influential artist of avant-garde jazz. The costumes were designed by Peter Farmer, well known for his work with most of the major ballet companies of the world.
La Sylphide (music by Herman Severin Løvenskiold) is staged, by Maina Gielgud, well known internationally for her stagings and coaching, most particularly of romantic works, only last season staged this beautiful work for the Rome Opera Ballet. The sets, costumes and lightning are brand new, while the choreography is that of August Bournonville. “I find the staging endlessly fascinating because the dancing, acting and storytelling are so beautifully integrated in the choreography” – says Ms Gielgud. The story, which takes place in Scotland, explores human emotions. At its centre we find a man who is torn between his real life bride to be and the Sylphide, his vision of an ideal woman., and his choice inevitably leads to his destruction. The set designer of this new production is Attila Csikós, the costume designer is Dalma Závodszky, the lighting designer is Kirk Bookman, who has also designed the lighting for Troy Games. La Sylphide will be conducted by Gergely Kesselyák and András Déri.
Première: 3 May, 2014
Further performances: 4, 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 23 May, 2014