semperoper ballett, dresden

Guest company - Aaron S. Watkin

Palais Garnier - from 04 to 08 January 2017

Photo © Sascha Weidner


Impressing the Czar

Ballet in four parts

Music
Thom Willems
Leslie Stuck
Eva Crossman-Hecht
Ludwig van Beethoven
Choreography
William Forsythe
Set design
Michael Simon
William Forsythe
Costume design
William Forsythe
Férial Münnich
Lighting design
Michael Simon
William Forsythe

Recorded music

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"Welcome to what you think you see."  

William Forsythe


At once scathing, ironic and burlesque, Impressing the Czar reveals all William Forsythe’s theatrical talent and a precise, virtuoso, deconstructed style alternating disequilibrium with speed of movement. Constructed in four parts without any clear narrative, the ballet spans the history of dance, from the Renaissance to the present day. Dresden’s Semperoper Ballet is presenting William Forsythe’s mythical work on the stage of the Palais Garnier on what is their first visit to the Paris Opera. Founded at the beginning of the 19th century, the company is currently directed by Aaron S. Watkin, a former dancer of the Frankfurt Ballet. Comprised of some sixty dancers from a variety of backgrounds, it boasts a rich and varied repertoire that includes works by Marius Petipa and neoclassical ballets by George Balanchine as well as contemporary creations from choreographers like Mats Ek, David Dawson and Alexander Ekman.

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