Quadruple Bill

Angels and Demons

Kylián / Petit / Béjart
Quadruple Bill

Angels and Demons

Kylián / Petit / Béjart
Musical Direction
Mikhail Agrest / Wolfgang Heinz, Staatstorchester Stuttgart
Falling Angels
Choreography
Jiří Kylián
Music
Steve Reich
Costumes
Joke Visser
Stage and Lighting Concept
Jiří Kylián
Lighting Design
Joop Caboort
World Premiere
23. November 1989, Nederlands Dans Theater, Den Haag
Petite Mort (Stuttgart Premiere)
Choreography, Stage and Lighting Concept
Jiří Kylián
Music
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Costumes
Joke Visser
Lighting
Joop Caboort
World Premiere
23. August 1991, Nederlands Dans Theater
Le Jeune Homme et la Mort (Stuttgart Premiere)
Choreography
Roland Petit
Music
Johann Sebastian Bach
Libretto
Jean Cocteau
Stage
Georges Wakhévitch
Costumes
Karinska
Lighting
Jean-Michel Désiré
World Premiere
25. Juni 1946, Ballets des Champs Elysées
Bolero
Choreography
Maurice Béjart
Music
Maurice Ravel
Lighting
John van der Heyden
World Premiere
10. Januar 1961, Ballet du XXe Siècle
Jiri Kylían’s Falling Angels kicks off this quadruple bill titled ANGELS AND DEMONS. Set to the driving rhythmic percussion of Steve Reich, Falling Angels draws the audience into a unique and mesmerizing cosmos danced by an all-female cast. The evening also includes the company premiere of Kylian’s Petite Mort. Kylián’s ballet is inspired by the ecstatic moment in which new life is created which at the same time hovers close to death. Set to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s elegiacal music, Kylián’s six couples literally dance on knife’s-edge, creating images which sear themselves into the viewer’s memory.

Roland Petit’s iconic Le Jeune Homme et La Mort is a dark and dramatic tale of a young man seduced by a femme fatale who turns out to be death herself. Based on a libretto by Jean Cocteau and set to music by Johann Sebastian Bach, it is a tour de force for the two main characters. Le Jeune Homme et La Mort is the first ballet by Roland Petit to enter the Stuttgart Ballet’s repertory and as such a welcome addition.

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 as ecstatic as the dancers.

Further productions this season

The Lady of the Camellias

Ballet by John Neumeier after Alexandre Dumas fils
Ballet by John Neumeier after Alexandre Dumas fils
Mixed repertory evening

Response II

Young Bloods
Mixed Repertory Evening

Response I

Something old, something new, something classic, something blue