The new double bill of the Hungarian National Ballet featuring two modern choreographies focuses on emotions and instincts. The premiere of Marianna Venekei's Firebirds paired with Hans van Manen's 5 Tangos can be viewed online on 8 May 2021 at 8 p.m. CET in the Opera Stream series.
Marianna Venekei / Igor Stravinsky: Firebirds
“Women innately find their own amorous nourishment like birds find seeds or fish. Driven by their instincts, they hover over lakes, river, seas and plains and then after complex swirling and circling manoeuvres, suddenly swoop down all at once and strike. At such times, their instincts and eyesight are both made marvellously evident. They very rarely miss, and it only infrequently occurs that the victim is stronger or more clever and able to slip out of their beaks like a tadpole from a gull’s bill. Then they squawk, just like a seagull, and soar upwards, hovering, circling, tirelessly and alertly,” quotes the choreographer this slightly ironic passage by writer Sándor Márai about her new ballet Firebirds, based on the wonderful music of Igor Stravinsky.
Marianna Venekei's choreography (set designer: Éva Szendrényi, costume designer: Krisztina Berzsenyi, lighting designer: Balázs Csontos) are performed by Lea Földi, Cristina Balaban, Inés Furuhashi-Huber, Miyu Takamory, Ágnes Kelemen, Artemisz Pisla, Yuka Asai, Noel Ágoston Kovács, Balázs Majoros, Carlos Taravillo Mahillo, Iurii Kekalo, Dénes Darab, András Rónai and Francesco Sardella, dancers of the Hungarian National Ballet.
Hans van Manen / Astor Piazzolla: 5 Tangos
5 Tangos is one of Hans van Manen’s best known and, deservedly, most popular works (costume and set designer: Jean-Paul Vroom, lighting designer: Jan Hofstra): superb music and dance are combined to evoke a pulsing metropolis and a world of fiery and passionate instincts. Sometimes sultrily lethargic and other times set to accelerating tempos featuring virtuoso elements, this thrilling work plays with solo and group scenes to reveal the changing games of the individual and the community, the many faces and layers of love and attraction and a portrait of an era.
The cast features Étoiles of the company: soloist Lili Felméry and principal Gergely Leblanc, as well as Yuliya Golovyna, Inés Furuhashi-Huber, Gaetano Cottonaro and Dmitry Diachkov in the Pas de Quatre scene, supported by Adema Omarova, Anna Krupp, Judit Varga, Kateryna Tarasova, Valerio Antonio Palumbo, Riku Yamamoto, Carlos Taravillo Mahillo and Ryosuke Morimoto.