Double Bill

Remember Me

Cranko / MacMillan
Double Bill

Remember Me

Cranko / MacMillan
Musical Direction
Mikhail Agrest / Wolfgang Heinz; Staatsorchester Stuttgart
Initials R.B.M.E
Choreography
John Cranko
Music
Johannes Brahms
Stage and Costume
Jürgen Rose
World Premiere
19. Januar 1972, Stuttgarter Ballett
Requiem
Choir
figure humaine kammerchor
Choreography
Kenneth MacMillan
Music
Gabriel Fauré
Stage and Costume
Yolanda Sonnabend
Light
Mark Pritchard
World Premiere
28. November 1976, Stuttgarter Ballett
* Role debut
In 1972, John Cranko created Initials R.B.M.E. to the four movements of Johannes Brahms' monumental 2nd Piano Concerto for his entire ensemble. The initials stand for four of his important muses, whose particular strengths he showcased in each movement: Richard Cragun, a dashing daredevil and masterful turner and jumper; Birgit Keil, an elegant ballerina with pristine lines and sparkling joie de vivre; the unparalleled Marcia Haydée, a radiant, soulful and heart-wrenching lyricist; and Egon Madsen whose virtuoso petit allegro was full of mischievousness and wit. Surrounded by a large corps de ballet and further soloists, this life-affirming ballet is a testament to Cranko’s seemingly endless choreographic invention. Today, a new generation slips into the roles of their idols and celebrates John Cranko. As if the choreographer had foreseen his untimely death, the initials can also stand for "Remember me".

Kenneth MacMillan created Requiem in memory of John Cranko. Close friends and colleagues, Cranko was the first of the two to discover choreography for himself and encouraged MacMillan to give it a try as well. Whilst Cranko created in Stuttgart, MacMillan successfully created ballets in London. But their connection stayed strong and in all, MacMillan created six world premieres for the Stuttgart Ballet, including Requiem - three years after Cranko's untimely death. To Gabriel Fauré's funeral mass, MacMillan drew a portrait of a company coping with loss and grief but finding solace in each other and their love for their mentor. Famous for dramatic story ballets such as Mayerling, Requiem shows MacMillan's from his most musical side. With this symphonic ballet, MacMillan created an uplifting memorial for his lost friend.

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