T. Malandain / A. Ekman / C. W. Gluck / F. J. Haydn / L. van Beethoven / F. Schubert

Crème brûlée - ONLINE premiere

contemporary ballet 16 premiere

March 6., Saturday 20:00

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage

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.


Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
March 6, 2021
Start time
8 p.m.
End time
10:35 p.m.

Thierry Malandain / Christoph Willibald Gluck

Don Juan

Don Juan: a modern treatment of an old subject: the man living in the golden age of Spain, that is, the 16th century, whose aim was to seduce every woman he found. Also considered a character in the commedia dell’arte, he is a freethinker and melancholy philanderer who was so relentless at pursuing his quarry that his name became synonymous with the word “womaniser”. And there’s something about this achievement, one has to admit, to admire. “I like the idea of having a character who is seeking the archetypal “Woman” herself in women. Or perhaps he is seeking himself. For me, he is a mystical figure, who instead of finding satisfaction in what is special and certain, always needs more and then even more. He is a man of action who lives off of those moments he spends beside the bodies of others,” stated choreographer Thierry Malandain. Don Juan is his first collaboration with the Hungarian National Ballet.

Thierry Malandain is represented by Stepping Grounds Arts/Culture Management. www.steppinggrounds.com
Thierry Malandain
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Set and costume designer
Jorge Gallardo
Lighting designer
Christian Grossard
Giuseppe Chiavaro
Company répétiteur
Edit Rujsz György Szirb

Alexander Ekman / Franz Joseph Haydn / Ludwig van Beethoven / Franz Schubert


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”

Alexander Ekman
Joseph Haydn Beethoven Ludwig van Franz Schubert
Spenser Theberge
Staging ballet master
Ana Maria Lucaciu Nina Botkay
Set and costume designer
Alexander Ekman
Lighting designer
Tom Visser
Company répétiteur
Marianna Venekei


Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage