SOMETIMES, I WONDER
February 6 – 23, 2020
The Hague, Rotterdam
About the performance
Celebrating sixty years of NDT without a bow of respect to Kylián would simply be no celebration at all. Sometimes, I wonder is a full evening solely dedicated to one of the most profound, shape shifting figures in NDT’s history who’s creative visions have moved the company to unparalleled heights. Bella Figura (1995), one of the true classics on NDT’s repertoire, is considered a Kylián masterpiece. In Claude Pascal (2002) four dancers express a family history by means of grotesque gestures and surrealist text, against the backdrop of gigantic mirrored doors. Vanishing Twin (2008) symbolizes temporariness, suppressed emotions and the dark side we all share, but would rather not reveal.
"Not so often the spectator of a new ballet has just one wish: to see it again."
- De Telegraaf (1995) on Bella Figura
"This more recent work by Jiří Kylián is bursting with supernatural artistry"
- Trouw on Claude Pascal
In this programme
Bella Figura - Jiří Kylián
Bella Figura (1995) is considered a Kylián masterpiece. It was one of the first times he deconstructed the stage where theatrical elements acted as a metaphor.
Claude Pascal - Jiří Kylián
Less is more and more is less. In Claude Pascal (2002) four dancers express a family history by means of grotesque gestures and surrealist texts. Against the backdrop of gigantic mirrored doors they advance their philosophical theses. This play features three timeless, wonderful duets, in which the
energetic movements subtly slow down until almost still.
Vanishing Twin - Jiří Kylián
With Vanishing Twin (2008), Kylián was inspired by the medical phenomenon of the same name, whereby during the pregnancy of twins, one foetus displaces the other until the latter disappears completely. The ballet symbolizes temporariness, suppressed emotions and the dark side we all share, but would rather not reveal. Vanishing Twin was nominated for the Swan, ‘Most Impressive Dance Production of 2008’.