When King Herod promises his stepdaughter Salome, princess of Judea, whatever she wants in exchange for a dance, little does he know that she will ask for... the head of the prophet Iokanaan (John the Baptist), and worse still, that she will kiss his mouth.
Why choose between music and dance? In Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's version of Così fan tutte, the two are intimately linked. Pairing each singer with a dancer, the Belgian choreographer, founder of the Rosas company, reveals the sinuosities of desire and the attractions between bodies in the course of the amorous chassé-croisé composed by Mozart with his librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte.
A fairytale ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s scintillating score, Swan Lake was created in 1877 for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and later restaged by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Almost a hundred years later, Rudolf Nureyev brought his own interpretation of the ballet to the Paris Opera in 1984.
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