Ballet evening in two parts
Gluck, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert … Four influential composers meet through choreographies created to their music in this programme for fans of classical music and ballet. Thierry Malandain’s Don Juan with music by Gluck is presented in Hungary for the first time, in the second part of the programme, the recording of the 2020 Hungarian premiere of Cacti by Alexander Ekman can be seen. The recording of Cacti was made on 11 September 2020 at Eiffel Art Studio’s Bánffy Stage as part of the ballet evening Cactuses.
Choreographer Alexander Ekman addresses on the contemporary dance stage a theme with which he defines himself as well: modern dance itself. The work passionately, and often raucously, picks apart the mannerisms of dance. Sixteen dancers stand visibly frozen on gigantic Scrabble tiles. While the string quartet plays and ironic-sounding words are heard spoken, the dancers run around, fall down, writhe on the floor and attempt to escape from their invisible prison. Eventually, each of them acquires a cactus. A play of rhythms between dancers and musicians.
Alexander Ekman is represented by Stepping Grounds Arts/CultureManagement. www.steppinggrounds.com
Hungarian translation by Minka Benkő.
Music of the First part of 'Cacti': Collectively put together, improvised and composed by Tinta Schmidt von Altenstadt, David Marks, Saskia Viersen, Artur Trajko and Jan Pieter Koch / musical coordinator from the Presto movement of Franz Schubert: Symphony, "Death and the Maiden".
Further you can hear also the symphonic version of Franz Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" (arr. A. Stein) / performed by “Kungliga Hovkapellet/Royal Swedish Opera”