Jiří Kylián / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


classic ballet 12

In Brief

Ballet in one act

Performance length: , without intermissions

This production is part of the Classical Bravura triple bill which is available at the following link


"I've decided that I cannot simply create a dance series reflecting the composer's sense of humour and music genious. Instead, I've choreographed six visibly confusing scenes..." (Jiří Kylián)

In Kylián's ballet, Mozartian playfulness and absurd reality are transplanted into the language of movement. It was not a story that he set out to create, but rather a dance piece constructed out of the absurd situations encountered by heroes in powdered wigs who sometimes act irrationally and awkwardly: the very dictionary definition of the word "burlesque". From the first moment, the eight dancers take the stage like they are stepping out of a wax museum from Mozart's own era, and then the innovative freshness and dizzying dynamic of the choreography makes them ever more modern: timeless heroes of Kylián's absurd creative world.





"Six Dances adds (another) true piece of entertainment to the National Ballet’s repertoire. The rich movements and the quality performance of the dancers can probably convince even non-believers that classical ballet dancing skills are not necessarily the same as the empty aesthetics of a beautifully conditioned body, and that beauty (whether it takes the form of lyricism, tragedy, or gaiety) has a place in contemporary art."

Annamária Szoboszlai, Tánckritika.hu