Jiří Kylián presents exceptional program to celebrate 30th anniversary of Monte-Carlo Ballets

Kylián back in Monaco from April 28-May 1, 2016

Within the framework of the celebration of three decades of the Monte-Carlo Ballet, dancers will offer an exceptional performance in the company of Czech Jiří Kylián presenting an anniversary program to celebrate Monte-Carlo Ballet thirty’s anniversary, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco from April 28-May, 2016. The talented choreographer who over the years has become a personal friend of the Company is putting together a special anniversary program with the dancers he loves so much. Bella Figura, one of his masterpieces, transports you to a sensual aesthetically and at the same time powerful universe, while Gods and Dogs is a proof of the intensity of the artist when he addresses the question of the individual in society. With Chapeau, Kylian shows us how much he enjoys surprising us!

In Bella Figura (1995), Jiří Kylián invites you to wonder about the origins of beauty and sensuality in our daily life. Where does beauty hide in the context of our realty, it is always there or we search for it? In this ballet, the artist pushes us to broaden our view and go in search of a aesthetic emotion beyond what is familiar to us: in a facial expression, in a body twisting and turning, discover the vulnerability of the dancer who, confronted to the difficulties of the piece he or she interprets, always has to do “bella figura” or look good. For Kylian believes that the individual must face a reality that brings its daily baggage of deceptions to which he or she has to adapt to survive. But it is not exactly through that effort, that we also go through also to strive to look good and overcome our reality, that we make proof of our capacity to create beauty?

The piece Gods and Dogs (2008) explores the same avenue through a reflection on our way we dress and the subliminal motivations that entice us to choose a certain type of clothing over another one. All our life, we carry our clothes as masks that we change according to the circumstances and the way we are being judged. There again we feel all the fascination that Kylian has for anything that touches the behavior of the individual evolving in a society to the porous categories while trying as best as possible to find his or her place.

These thoughts are not in any way synonyms of somber and dramatic pieces. On the contrary, the choreographer gives room to superficiality, and craziness is never far away, but it is a valve that allows us not to sweat the small stuff. The repertory of the choreographer abounds of colorful and perplexing situations, to the image of Chapeau, created in 2005 for the 25th Jubilee of His Majesty Queen Beatrix.

Program of performances at Salle des Princes, Grimaldi Forum in Monaco

  • April 28, 2016 at 20:00
  • April 29, 2016 at 20:00
  • April 30, 2016 at 20:00
  • May 1, 2016 at 16:00

For information & reservations: www.balletsdemontecarlo.com

Today’s Quote

“Every teacher will tell you that you cannot dance classical technique with perfection, there is no such a thing, there is no way. So you have to adapt the technique to your abilities or to your deficiencies. Learn to cheat! ” Jiří Kylián


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