The quadruple bill ANGELS AND DEMONS opens with Jiří Kylián’s Falling Angels. Set to Steve Reich’s intense and driving percussion, this compelling piece for an all-female cast is a study about discipline and freedom, about belonging and the wish for independence, about performers and the art of performing. Falling Angels segues directly into Kylián’s Petite Mort, one of the Czech choreographer’s most mesmerizing works. Six couples dance literally on sword’s edge to excerpts from Wolfgang A. Mozart’s first and second piano concertos. Haunting images sear themselves into the viewer’s mind and memory as Kylian explores the moment when ecstasy and passion bring us closest to death, humanity’s constant companion.
Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et La Mort is based on a libretto by Jean Cocteau and tells the story of a young artist who is seduced by death in the guise of an alluring woman to willingly lay his head in the noose and take his own life.
A true climax – metaphorically and literally – is the evening’s closing piece, Maurice Béjart’s Bolero, set to the eponymous and well-known music by Maurice Ravel. This hypnotic ballet interprets the human climax like no other and leaves audiences and performers alike ecstatic.
Projected premiere: February 2020, Opera House.