Christian Spuck’s fifth full-length ballet was inspired by the comic political satire Leonce and Lena (1838) by Georg Büchner, author of Woyzeck. It premiered at the Aalto Ballett Theatre in Essen, Germany, in April 2008.
Prince Leonce of the... Read more
Kingdom of Popo is languishing in never-ending boredom; Princess Lena, from the neighbouring Kingdom of Pipi, acutely feels the insularity and absurdity of the world around her. Before a romance can blossom between the unsuspecting royal pair, the two must escape from the farcical conventions of their respective microstates. Well aware that their marriage has been arranged since childhood, they each decide to flee their homeland. At a bustling inn just beyond their borders, they meet and fall in love incognito. Can the court, reduced to an absurd puppet show,” finally celebrate their union?
It is the satiric elements, employed by Büchner to criticize the absolutist, end-of-reign society in which he lived, that are highlighted in this choreography. Among other pieces, Christian Spuck uses the ethereal—and at times grotesque—compositions by the Waltz King, Johann Strauss, to galvanize this tragicomic tale and underscore its parodic aspects. Close
Joseph Masilier’s Paquita enchanted Théophile Gautier when it was first performed at the Paris Opera in 1846. Carlotta Grisi was one of its principal perfomers and Marius Petipa took the ballet abroad as far as Russia where, in 1882, he created a new... Read more
version. Little by little, Paquita disappeared from the Opera stage; then, in 2001, it was enthusiastically revived by Pierre Lacotte. Intrigue, abduction and family secrets provide pace and suspense in this exciting work combining character dances with pantomime in a display of technical virtuosity. Sumptuous sets and costumes contribute to this colourful production set in picturesque 19th century Spain. Close
On Christmas Eve, the entire family gathers to celebrate at the home of little Clara. Her godfather, Dr.Drosselmeyer, gives her a beautiful wooden nutcracker, which her brother Fritz breaks in a fit of jealousy. Fortunately, her godfather, who is also a... Read more
bit of magician, is able to repair it. During the night, after everyone has gone to bed, Clara returns to the parlour to check on her beloved nutcracker. Suddenly, mice and rats invade the room and begin to battle with an army of tin soldiers. Clara is now in danger. Her nutcracker comes to life and flies to her rescue, transforming into a Prince Charming. He leads her to the Land of Snow and then to the Kingdom of Sweets, where she has a magical adventure with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.
On Christmas Eve, the entire family gathers to celebrate at the home of little Clara. Her godfather, Dr.Drosselmeyer, gives her a beautiful wooden nutcracker, which her brother Fritz breaks in a fit of jealousy. Fortunately, her godfather, who is also a
“The Little Prince is like the Bible – it’s a classic that will be with us forever,” says Gradimir
Pankov, Artistic Director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. Mr. Pankov commissioned Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman to create a new... Read more
full-length dance work
inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s much-loved story.
The diverse musical score, arranged by Philip Feeney, ranges from the avant-garde Finnish composer Kimmo Pohjonen to Johann Sebastian Bach. Close
Eifman’s Anna Karenina is a story of passion, rejection and self-destruction, a work of raw emotions. Having cut out the counterplot lines of Leo Tolstoy’s novel, choreographer Boris Eifman focuses on the Anna-Karenin-Vronsky love triangle. The... Read more
psychological twists and turns of Tolstoy’s novel are perfectly rendered by the dancers’ technical maestria
and Boris Eifman’s sublime choreography. Offering both classical romance and modern
technique, this Russian ballet will captivate with its magnificence. Close
Inspired by the eponymous score by Franz Schubert, this creation is rooted in Greek
mythology : the abduction of Kore, the daughter of Demeter, goddess of the harvest, by the God of Hell, Death. This myth, a veritable analogy of the cycle of seasons,... Read more
was Stephan Thoss’ inspiration. Death and the Maiden is sure to be a meditation on the themes of time, from youth to old age. German expressionism and perpetual movement are hallmarks of this deeply moving ballet. Close
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