Forsythe, Clug & McGregor, three unique names of contemporary ballet, at Czech National Ballet in Prague

Well known for their progressiveness and strong approach to dance technique, movement and aesthetics, they will appear in a unique composed evening on the stage of the Czech National Ballet in Prague.

by Ballet Magazine
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William Forsythe, The Second Detail, Foto Serghei Gherciu. The mixed bill comprises works of three contemporary dance innovators, ranking among the most globally renowned, extremely gifted choreographers of the present time, all of them inventors of new, singular movement idioms. Don’t miss the unique combination of energy, brilliant dance and endless inspiration produced by William Forsythe, Edward Clug and Wayne McGregor.

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The mixed bill comprises works of three contemporary dance innovators – William Forsythe, Edward Clug and Wayne McGregor

They are among the most globally renowned, extremely gifted choreographers of the present time, all of them inventors of new, singular movement idioms.

The triptych in the works of world-renowned choreographers guarantees an extraordinary audience experience and a view of a world in which the boundaries of what is known and possible are constantly changing.

The Czech National Ballet in Prague occupies a firm position on the Czech Republic’s dance scene, as well as in the Central European context. Offering both famous classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Nutcracker or Romeo and Juliet or modern ballet of Czech and foreign authors, Prague National Theatre has a varied repertoire, presenting the art of leading dancers at its best.

And, the triptych in the works of world-renowned choreographers is: The Second Detail by William Forsythe, Handman by Edward Clug and EDEN | EDEN by Wayne McGregor

The Second Detail. Choreography: William Forsythe. World premiere: February 20, 1991, National Ballet of Canada, Toronto

William Forsythe is a towering figure of contemporary global dance. Blending ballet and visual arts, and displaying both abstraction and forceful theatricality, his vision of choreography as an organisational practice has inspired him to produce numerous installations, films, as well as computer-based creations, incorporating the spoken word and experimental music.

The Second Detail is simultaneously playful and rigorous, set to an aggressively percussive score by Forsythe’s frequent collaborator, the Dutch composer Thom Willems. Created for the National Ballet of Canada in 1991, the choreography, characterised by the neo-classical symmetry of ensemble formations, is unceasingly challenging. Forsythe plays with tempo, group dynamics and off-axis lines executed at speed.

William Forsythe, The Second Detail, Foto Serghei Gherciu

Handman. Choreography: Edward Clug. World Premiere: February 18, 2016, Nederlands Dans Theater (Theater aan het Spui, The Hague)

In 2016 Clug created for Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT 2) the choreography Handman, for which in 2017 he receiveda nomination for the coveted Benois de la danse prize. Edward Clug, currently serving as the artistic director of the Slovene National Theatre in Maribor, gained international acclaim as a choreographer with Radio and Juliet in 2005.

A sought-after artist, he has created works for the Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballett Zürich, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Stuttgarter Ballett, Latvian Ballet, Les Grand Ballet Canadiens, Wiener Staatsoper, West Australian Ballet, Companhia Nacional de Bailado in Lisbon, Aalto Ballet Essen, Ballett Augsburg, among others.

Edward Clug, Handman, Foto Serghei Gherciu

EDEN | EDEN. Choreography: Wayne McGregor. World Premiere: 7 April 2005, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Germany

The award-winning British choreographer and stage director Wayne McGregor is internationally renowned for trailblazing innovations in performance, integrating dance, film, visual arts, digital technologies and natural sciences. In Eden|Eden, he focuses on the impact of technology on the aesthetics of the environment and the human body alike. ‘Dolly’, is from the three-act digital video opera Three Tales by Steve Reich and Beryl Korot, where the video component is by Ms. Korot.

Additionally, this work was released by Nonesuch Records in a two-disc DVD/CD package.  It is to be noted that the video component included in this ballet by Wayne McGregor is not from Three Tales.

Wain McGregor, Eden-Eden, Foto Serghei Gherciu


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