Christmas Gala

Christmas with Kylián

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A merry Christmas gala with all the dancers.

Christmas Gala

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Dress up in your finest, get the family together and enjoy an upbeat golden Christmas Gala with all the dancers. True to tradition, in the festive season Introdans presents a fine Christmas Gala for all ages. In this golden jubilee year, Christmas is an ode to master choreographer Jiří Kylián.

Playtime: 26 december - 29 december

Locations: Apeldoorn, Arnhem

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Christmas Gala

Arnhem, 20:15 h

Stadstheater Arnhem

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Arnhem, 20:15 h

Arnhem, 20:15 h

Stadstheater Arnhem

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Arnhem, 20:15 h

Arnhem, 20:15 h

Stadstheater Arnhem

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Arnhem, 20:15 h

Apeldoorn, 20:00 h

Orpheus

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Apeldoorn, 20:00 h

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Sechs Tänze

In the absurdist Sechs Tänze, master choreographer Jiří Kylián shows his most playful and exuberant facets. Kylián sees Mozart as the supreme example of someone of who understood life in all its richness, imagination, clownery and craziness. In Sechs Tänze he pulls out all the stops – farcical humour, dusty powdered wigs, hooped skirts on little wheels, gracious curtseys and mournful pouting lips – to emphasise, in harmony with Mozart’s spirit, that life is actually nothing more than a masquerade or a dress rehearsal for something that should lead us deeper and have much greater meaning.

“Kylián gives us so much to look at with wigs, hooped skirts on wheels, fencing matches and other visual humour that you could almost forget there’s some superb dance on the stage, too.”

De Gelderlander on Sechs Tänze

Un Ballo

Performed under a fairylike sky of eighty burning candles, Un Ballo is a wonderfully restrained, atmospheric music ballet set to two compositions by Maurice Ravel. The choreographer Jiří Kylián himself once described the work as ‘an exercise in musicality and sensitivity between male and female partners.’ Complex lifts, risky balances, an emphasis on synchronicity as well as constantly changing energy are just a few of the challenges that keep the dancers on this ‘ball’.

“Under a sky of candles and set to music by Ravel, a refined and complex dance celebration unfolds. The mass movements and synchronous quality are beautiful. But a hush also descends as the ladies create strange, sculptural forms in their strapless evening dresses, balancing on the feet of the men.”

de Volkskrant on Un Ballo

Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen

In Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen (Songs Of A Wayfarer), Jiří Kylián translates the composition of the same name by Gustav Mahler into beautiful dance. Mahler wrote the song cycle between 1883 and 1885, in his young twenties, while feeling lovesick and broken-hearted. In this intimate choreography Kylián doesn’t follow the songs precisely, but in five highly inspired duets he still expresses the diverse moods and emotions of the music – ranging from the joy of first love to melancholy, jealousy and a longing for death. Introdans is proud to have received permission – currently as the only Dutch company – to perform this masterpiece.

“An impressive and sometimes breathtaking beauty of a dance performance.”

Meppeler Courant on Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen

Petite Mort (Introdans-première)

New to the Introdans repertoire is the ballet Petite Mort. In French and some other languages, the thrill and ecstasy of sexual intercourse is described as the “small death.” Kylián based his choreography on slow movements from Mozart’s two most famous piano concertos: Adagio and Andante.

Credits

Sechs Tänze

Choreography | Jiří Kylián
Music | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Deutsche Tänze 1-6, performed by het Residentie Orkest under the direction of Heinz Wallberg
Set and costume design | Jiří Kylián
Costume supervision | Joke Visser
Costume created by | Andre van Kessel
Lighting design | Joop Caboort (re-design Kees Tjebbes)
Duration | ± 15 minutes
World premiere| 24 October 1986, Nederlands Dans Theater, Den Haag
Introdans premiere | 23 October 2004, Arnhem

Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen

Choreography | Jiří Kylián
Assistent to the choreographer | Elke Schepers
Music | Gustav Mahler, Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under de direction of Zubin Mehta (conductor) and Marilyn Horne (mezzo-soprano)
Lighting design | Jennifer Tipton
Set and costume design | John F. Macfarlane
Adaptation lighting and set design | Kees Tjebbes
Costumes and set created by | met dank aan Nederlands Dans Theater, Hermien Hollander
Duration | ± 18 minutes
World premiere | 11 June 1982, Nederlands Dans Theater I, Circustheater Scheveningen
Introdans premiere | 17 February 2017, Arnhem

Un Ballo

Choreography | Jiří Kylián
Music | Maurice Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin (1917) and Pavane pour une infante défunte (1910) Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under the direction of Charles Dutoit
Set design | Jiří Kylián
Costume design | Joke Visser
Lighting design | Jiří Kylián, Kees Tjebbes
Set created by | Helldorfer Lasbedrijf
Costume created by | Hermien Hollander, Renske Kraakman
Duration | ± 12 minutes
World premiere | 17 January 1991, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Den Haag
Introdans premiere | 21 February 2009, Arnhem

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