Hungarian National Ballet begins 2021/22 season with a triple bill featuring Sad Case

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The Hungarian National Ballet, the only classical ballet company in Hungary is ready to go again with their newest modern ballet show that features spectacular classical technique and acrobatic elements. The first ballet show of the 2021/22 season, a triple bill entitled Fresh Impulses including Cacti by Alexander Ekman, Whirling by András Lukács, and a new piece in the company repertoire: Sad Case by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot premieres on 17 September 2021 at the Eiffel Art Studios.

In September 2020, when Hungarian theatres were open for a brief period between lockdowns, the Hungarian National Ballet staged Cacti by Alexander Ekman which examines modern dance itself: the work passionately, and often raucously, picks apart the mannerisms of dance. Featuring a string quartet from the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, the piece presents a play of rhythms between dancers and musicians.

Dance fans can once again enjoy Whirling as well, a dynamic piece by András Lukács made up from fiery duets. Originally a pas de deux set to the music of Philip Glass, in 2010, the Hungarian National Ballet commissioned Lukács to create an expanded version of it for nine pairs. The nearly fluid movement, the infinite harmony among the dancers and the unique style of choreography make the scene both quite exhausting and complicated.

With the closing piece of the show, an old dream of the Opera is realised to make an irresistible and modern piece by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot available for the Hungarian audience. Sad Case, which is undoubtedly one of the pillars of their work, accompanied by Mexican mambo music, is the quest for the tension between the satirical and the serious through a sequence of astonishing movements.

Fresh Impulses can be seen at the Miklós Bánffy Stage at new artistic complex of the Opera, the Eiffel Art Studios on 17, 18, 19 and 22 September 2021.

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