One of a Kind

Ballet by Jiří Kylián

One of a Kind

Ballet by Jiří Kylián
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

Premiere
One of a Kind
Fri 22. Feb
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

One of a Kind
Tue 26. Feb
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

One of a Kind
Sat 2. Mar
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

One of a Kind
Sun 3. Mar / aft
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

One of a Kind
Sun 3. Mar / eve
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

One of a Kind
Sat 9. Mar
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

One of a Kind
Sun 10. Mar
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

One of a Kind
Sat 16. Mar
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

One of a Kind
Tue 19. Mar
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

One of a Kind
Sat 23. Mar
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

One of a Kind
Sat 30. Mar
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

One of a Kind
Sun 31. Mar / aft
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

One of a Kind
Sun 31. Mar / eve
Opernhaus
https://www.stuttgarter-ballett.de/ Stuttgarter Ballett Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

One of a Kind
Sat 27. July
Opernhaus
Further dates
One of a Kind
31.03.2019 aft

Choreography
Jiří Kylián
Music
Brett Dean, Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa, David Hykes, Frame-Cut-Frame, Benjamin Britten, Chiel Meijering, David Lumsdaine, John Cage
Sets
Atsushi Kitagawara
Costumes
Joke Visser
Lighting (original)
Michael Simon
Lighting (redesign)
Kees Tjebbes
World Premiere
6. Mai 1998, Nederlands Dans Theater
Company Premiere
22. Februar 2019
“One of a Kind” applies not just to this full-length work but also to its creator: Jiří Kylián. With this company premiere, the Stuttgart Ballet celebrates one of its heroes and adds a new work to its extensive Kylián repertory for the first time in over 20 years.

In the fall of 1968, Jiří Kylián was hired by John Cranko straight from the Royal Ballet School to join the Stuttgart Ballet as a dancer. Two years later he created his first ballet under the auspices of the Stuttgart Noverre Society's “Young Choreographers” workshop. Cranko, recognizing Kylián's talent, encouraged him to continue choreographing and commissioned Kylián's first pieces as a choreographer, thus laying the foundation for an extraordinary career, one which has had a lasting impact on European dance. Raising the choreographic and conceptual bar with his unique works and breaking boundaries in terms of age limits in dance, Kylián directed the Nederlands Dans Theater for 20 years, building a sought-after repertory and perfecting an unmistakable aesthetic signature.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kylián's arrival in Stuttgart, the Stuttgart Ballet presents the company premiere of One of  Kind, a three act work set to music by – among others – Brett Dean, Benjamin Britten and John Cage. In addition, Kylián's photo installation Free Fall will be seen for the first time outside the Netherlands, exhibited in the State Theater Stuttgart's Chamber Theater from February 12th to 24th, as a run-up to the Stuttgart premiere of One of a Kind on the 22nd of February.

One of a Kind is one of the few evening-length works in Kylián's oevre.  It encompasses the entire spectrum of Kylián's choreographic vocabulary from wild and animalistic to tender and elegiacal, from faster than humanly possible to trancelike slow motion, from fragile and intricate to spectacularly virtuosic. Women and men dance as complete equals and yet their every encounter is tinged with a subtle eroticism. Kylián creates poetic, hypnotizing images which plumb emotional depths in the viewer, inspiring complex thought processes and reactions.