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|4th May 2019
- 4th August 2019
|Ballet evening by Robert North. Musical direction: Andreas Fellner , choreography: Robert North , choreographed assistant: Sheri Cook , stage and costumes: Andrew Storer, MonnchenGladbach Opera/Krefeld Opera
THREE BALLETS DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY ROBERT NORTH
From paintings of the Renaissance and the classical modernity Robert North draws the ideas for this opulent ballet evening, to which the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker give musical splendor.
Henri Matisse caused a sensation in the 1940s with a series of paper cutouts, including many circus motifs. He was no stranger to the circles of the European avant-garde when this cycle appeared under the title Jazz - an allusion to the principle of improvisation. Robert North approaches Matisse with the eye and the imagination of the choreographer and gains exciting impulses for the dance from the colorfulness, ornamentation and clarity of the images in combination with music by Stravinsky.
A popular subject in Florentine painting of the 15th century, which also Sandro Botticelli took up, is the Annunciation to Mary. Botticelli made this biblical scene so theatrically expressive that Robert North felt inspired by the painting and, in collaboration with the composer Howard Blake, freely interpreted The Annunciation as ballet.
Last but not least, we are curious to see how Robert North creates his own choreography for Menotti's ballet music Sebastian, inspired by the idiosyncratic art of Giorgio de Chirico that anticipates surrealism. The associative, symbolic imagery of this master of the Pittura metafisica offers the dance a lot of room for interpretation.
|4th May 2019||Robert North Ballet Company, Monnchen Gladbach and Krefeld Opera Houses - details tba|
...a moving and impressive interpretation of the life of Christ, to a haunting score by Howard Blake, in which Patrick Harding-Irmer, crucified, recalls Grunewald's altar-piece..
Sunday Telegraph, 2/12/1979
Cathy Lewis as a poignant Mary and Patrick Harding-Irmer as Christ headed an outstanding cast. Howard Blake's sonorous score also triumphed.
Ian Woodward, Evening Standard, 29/11/1979