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Captivating quietude: A Suite of Dances by Jerome Robbins

Episode 8 — By Octave

Bach’s Suites for solo cello inspired Jerome Robbins to create a very contemplative piece, A Suite of Dances, first performed in 1994 by Mikhaïl Barychnikov. A solo that plays with the slightest nuances of movement and with an intuitive response to music. This apparently simple piece is a duo in which the dancer and the cellist converse. Beginning with the nonchalance of improvisation, it continues in playful fashion – going from an apparently relaxed mode to a more academic style and attaining an infinite number of steps and different trajectories that the speed of execution only renders more complex. In rehearsal, the Ballet Master Lionel Delanoë accompanied the Dancer Etoile Mathias Heymann in the third variation of the work: as befits Robbins’ ballet, the movements seem peaceful, almost magnetic, the simplicity of the gestures disconcertingly natural and beautiful.    
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