Ballet show in three acts
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. The opening piece is the recently staged Paquita Suite, in which Albert Mirzoyan, Irina Prokofieva and Tamás Solymosi added new flavour to a pearl by the legendary choreographer Marius Petipa.
William Forsythe’s piece The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude was intended as a true homage to classical technique, and it is wedged between two pieces by George Balanchine, Sylvia Pas de Deux and Theme & Variations, both showcasing technique, its practice and mastering.
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.
Sylvia Pas de Deux
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude
"Agile, ethereal and precise." (Krisztina Horeczky, Tánckritika.hu)
Theme & Variations
“The company of the Hungarian National Ballet performed the Neoclassical challenge [that is represented by Theme and Variations] with dancerly grace. (…) The elegant set was designed by István Rózsa, the costumes by Nóra Rományi, and the lighting design was the work of the ballet director, Tamás Solymosi." (Ira Werbowsky, Der neue Merker)