M. Petipa / Solymosi T. / Mirzoyan A. / Prokofieva I. / W. Forsyte / H. Lander / L. Minkus / L. Delibes / F. Schubert /


classic ballet premiere

Ballet show in three parts

Without Limits. One classical and two neoclassical ballets that push the boundaries of achievability and demand superhuman performance and virtuosic technical skill from the dancers. William Forsythe’s piece The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude was intended as a true homage to classical technique. Harald Lander’s one-act Études, on the other hand, is literally about technique and how it is practised and mastered. The programme also features a premier production: Albert Mirzoyan, Irina Prokofieva and Tamás Solymosi added new flavour to Paquita Suite, a pearl by the legendary choreographer Marius Petipa.

M. Petipa / Solymosi T. / Mirzoyan A. / Prokofieva I. / L. Minkus / É. Deldevez / L. Delibes / R. Drigo / D. Auber


Few works in classical ballet history have as many versions as the Paquita suite, also known as the Paquita Grand pas (classique). The new piece was created by Marius Petipa on the basis of the French ballet Paquita by working together with composer Ludwig Minkus to select the main musical numbers. Ever since the original premiere in Russia in 1882, the piece has used as many variations and solos, including additions from external sources, as dreamed up by the choreographer of the given production. In fact, a unique attribute of the piece is that the performing dancers often determine the numbers to dance or even perform choreographies prepared specifically for them.

Solo female
Tatiana Melnik Aliya Tanykpayeva Elena Sharipova
Solo male
Gergő Ármin Balázsi Dmitry Timofeev Valerio Palumbo
Pas de trois girl 1. (Petipa / Minkus / Deldevez: Paquita)
Miyu Takamori Cristina Balaban Rita Hangya
Pas de trois girl 2. (Petipa / Minkus / Deldevez: Paquita)
Yuki Wakabayashi Lili Felméry Salomé Figueiredo de Santana
Pas de trois boy (Petipa / Minkus / Deldevez: Paquita)
Ryosuke Morimoto András Rónai Mattheus Bäckström
Spanish variation (Petipa / Minkus: Grand Pas)
Cristina Balaban Diana Kosyreva Jessica Carulla Leon
Auber variation (Gzovsky / Auber: Grand Pas)
Valerio Palumbo Alberto Ortega de Pablos Junnosuke Nakamura
Armida variation (Fokin / Tcherepnin: Le Pavillon d Armide)
Adrienn Pap Miyu Takamori Matilde Noemi Barbaglia
Talisman varition (Petipa / Gusev / Drigo: The Talisman pas de deux)
András Rónai Ryosuke Morimoto Vince Topolánszky
Trilby variation (Petipa / Gerber: Trilby)
Yourim Lee Claudia García Carriera Elena Sharipova
Sylphide variation (Petipa / Drigo: La Sylphide (1892))
Tatiana Melnik Aliya Tanykpayeva Olha Skrypchenko
Male variation (Petipa / Minkus / Deldevez: Paquita)
Gergő Ármin Balázsi Dmitry Timofeev Valerio Palumbo
First female duo
Lea Földi Adrienn Horányi Aglaja Sawatzki
Second female duo
Inès Furuhashi-Huber Adema Omarova
Third female duo
Ellina Pokhodnykh Anastasiia Konstantinova
Paquita girls
Adrienn Horányi Aglaja Sawatzki Liudmila Mizinova Yuliya Golovyna Anna Krupp Yuiko Adachi Barbara Kerényi Lisa Roselli Sorokina Nadezhda
the students of the Hungarian National Ballet Institute

William Forsythe / Franz Schubert

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude

Although the works of American ballet dancer and choreographer William Forsythe use classical technique as their starting point, he is capable of thinking them through further, often taking them to the extreme. An example of this is his 11-minute piece The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, created for three female and two male dancers. In it, solos, pas de deux, pas de trois and ensembles alternate, with no plot, to the virtuosic and sublime final movement of Schubert's (“Great”) Ninth Symphony. 
The work, which today is already considered one of the most challenging short ballets to perform, pays tribute to classical technique. Joining In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, it is the second of Forsythe's pieces to make it into the Hungarian National Ballet's repertoire.

"Agile, ethereal and precise." (Krisztina Horeczky, Tánckritika.hu)

Harald Lander / Carl Czerny / Knudåge Riisager


Études is one of choreographer Harald Lander's most outstanding creations, one that he crafted for the Danish Royal Ballet in 1948. Beginning with the five positions of ballet and exercises beside the bare, it goes on to show certain parts of the rehearsal process, finally culminating in the grand finale of the completed Performance. Études depicts the everyday work of ballet dancers in its full reality and grandeur: the beauty and aesthetics of classical ballet and the joy and thrill of Dance.

“Both ballets are extreme compilations of vigorous ballet technique. Those ballets require virtuosity in bursts, often punctuating less onerous scènes d’action; these ballets require a lexicon of the toughest dance vocabulary, from start to finish….In particular, one must applaud the excellence of the ballet masters for the overall magnificence of the corps de ballet across both works.” (Graham Watts, Bachtrack)

On account of the corona situation and only for the planned performances of Etudes April-May 2022 Lise Lander gives an exceptionel permission to the Hungarian National Ballet to perform the ballet without orchestra.


Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage