George Balanchine / Sharon Eyal / Akram Khan – MAMT

George Balanchine / Sharon Eyal / Akram Khan

Concerto Barocco / Autodance / KAASH

The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre presents the first premiere of 2021 – a new program of one-act ballets, consisting of a revival of George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco (it was already performed on the Theatre’s stage in 2018/19) and the Russian premieres of Autodance by Sharon Eyal and KAASH by Akram Khan.

Originally, Concerto Barocco* to music by Johann Sebastian Bach was a lesson created by George Balanchine for the School of American Ballet. This ballet still impresses with its architectural rigor, natural beauty and precision of form. It has become a symbol of the choreographer’s neoclassical style – it has no plot or characters. The main feature of Balanchine’s creations is the absolute fusion of music and dance.

* Choreography by George Balanchine © George Balanchine Trust

Exquisite, highly intelligent entertainment – this is how the Swedish press wrote about the premiere of Autodance*, created by the famous Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal together with Guy Behar for the Gothenburg Ballet Company in 2018. According to the creator, the work is woven from the very essence of the movement in all its purity and clarity. The dancers appear to be asexual and the focus shifts to the movements of their legs. In the space of Autodance, dance, the technique of its implementation and music in the genre of “techno” organically merge: this is a solid, visually rich and precisely constructed spectacle.

* The production was created in collaboration with the Mart Foundation.
* The premiere of Autodance is supported by the Embassy of the State of Israel in the Russian Federation.

Akram Khan is one of the most famous dancers and choreographers of our time. His reputation is based on the success of experimental, but at the same time understandable to the general public, works such as Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, iTMOi, DESH etc. His first full-length ballet KAASH premiered in 2002. The starting points for the creation of this performance were “hindu deities, black holes, Indian time cycles, tabla, creation and destruction”. This production represents сhoreographer’s desire to build bridges between the worlds of modern dance and Indian classical dance “Kathak”.

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Running Time
2 hours 20 minutes with two intermissions
Premiere at the SND Music Theatre
April 2 2021

Creative Team

Choreography (Concerto Barocco)
Staging (Concerto Barocco)
Creator (Autodance)
Co-creator (Autodance)
Assistant to Creator and Costume Designer (Autodance)
Lighting Designer (Autodance)
Choreography (KAASH)
Staging (KAASH)
Set Designer (KAASH)
Costume Designer (KAASH)
Lighting Designer (KAASH)

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