Ballet evening in three parts
The programme with French themes begins with Trois Gnossiennes, Hans van Manen’s choreography about resignation, trust and harmony to the music of Erik Satie. In Walking Mad featuring nine dancers and created to Ravel’s Bolero, a wall keeps reshaping the space to make the characters face their own fears, desires and the lightness of existence. Don Juan was man living in the golden age of Spain, that is, the 16th century, whose aim was to seduce every woman he found. In Thierry Malandain’s dance piece, he is a mystical figure, who instead of finding satisfaction in what is special and certain, always needs more and then even more. Marianna Venekei’s Firebirds focuses on female instincts with an ironic, grotesque undertone.
A wall, 3 female and 6 male dancers, and Ravel's Bolero. This is the base of Swedish choreographer Johan Inger's one-act ballet, which he originally created for the Netherlands Dans Theatre in 2001.
The minimalist space takes newer and newer shapes for the ever intensifying music, and newer and newer characters appear in it, in more and more mad situations and states.
"The famous Bolero from Ravel with its sexual, almost kitschy history was the trigger point to make my own version. I quickly decided that it was going to be about relationships in different forms and circumstances. I came up with the idea of a wall that could transform the space during this minimalistic music and create small pockets of space and situations. Walking Mad is a journey in which we encounter our fears, our longings and the lightness of being.
»Our biggest blessings come to us by way of madness« - said Socrates."
“Women innately find their own amorous nourishment like birds find seeds or fish. Driven by their instincts, they hover over lakes, river, seas and plains and then after complex swirling and circling manoeuvres, suddenly swoop down all at once and strike. At such times, their instincts and eyesight are both made marvellously evident. They very rarely miss, and it only infrequently occurs that the victim is stronger or more clever and able to slip out of their beaks like a tadpole from a gull’s bill. Then they squawk, just like a seagull, and soar upwards, hovering, circling, tirelessly and alertly.” Quoting this slightly ironic passage from Sándor Márai is Marianna Venekei, the choreographer of the new ballet Firebirds, based on the wonderful music of Igor Stravinsky.