On April 1st, 2021, we are live streaming the premiere of the triple bill BEETHOVEN-BALLETS. The livestream – as well as a virtual backstage tour, digital program and audio pre-performance talks in English and German - is made possible by our main sponsor Porsche. The evening will remain available as video on demand until Monday, April 5th.
In 2020, the world was set to celebrate the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven. Like so many other cultural institutions, the Stuttgart Ballet had planned a tribute to the world-famous German composer. With some delay but all the more heartfelt, the Stuttgart Ballet now honors this musical genius with a new triple bill which combines works by two contemporary choreographers: Hans van Manen and Mauro Bigonzetti.
Bigonzetti, one of Italy's most successful and best-known choreographers, contributes a world premiere. He was inspired by three of Beethoven's piano sonatas: "With Beethoven, one must learn to listen anew. The pieces I have chosen fit to the solitude many of us have been experiencing… we will all need to rediscover intimacy and these sonatas make that feeling palpable.”
Known for his distinctive, sensual and highly musical pieces, Bigonzetti herewith creates his sixth work for the Stuttgart Ballet. Hans van Manen's works are famous for their elegance, profundity and undercurrents of tension. Große Fuge, to music of the same name by Beethoven, is one of the masterpieces of the Dutch grand seigneur of dance. In a balletic battle of the sexes, he translates the tremendous dynamics of Beethoven's score into dance while at the same time exploring the nuances and subliminal emotions of the music. By turns dramatic, playful and effervescent, van Manen's choreography is always on par with the music. An equally exquisite symbiosis of dance and music is van Manen's Adagio Hammerklavier: a quiet, contemplative study for three couples.