Ballet without borders

Vitesse

128 minutes / 2 intervals

Faster, louder, deeper – in this stirring triple bill, three of the world’s greatest contemporary choreographers take you on a visceral ride.

Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV©: Danse à grande vitesse takes its title and its thrilling momentum from Michael Nyman’s MGV: Musique à grande vitesse, composed for the inauguration of France’s fast train, the TGV. With the mastery of pas de deux and pattern shown in After the Rain©, Wheeldon hurtles his dancers through a high-speed journey.

Jiři Kylián's Forgotten Land, with its haunting seascape and swirling dresses, is like an Edvard Munch painting come to life. Set to Benjamin Britten’s powerful Sinfonia da Requiem, the fluid movement speaks of yearning, mourning and escape.

William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated famously exploded and extended ballet technique. Chic, sleek and dangerous, the dancers prowl the stage like panthers before hurling themselves into ultra-stretched poses, punctuated by the electronic collisions of the score.

Vitesse is high-speed ballet that takes you to the limits.

Full of striking images of sculptural beauty

THE TELEGRAPH on DGV©:

“Forceful, surging energy” — The Age on Forgotten Land. Jiři Kylián's masterpiece sweeps you away on tides of powerful emotion.

William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated — haughty as fashion models, pushing to the risky edge of technique, our dancers mesmerise in this groundbreaking work.

 “Full of striking images of sculptural beauty” - The Telegraph on DGV©. Christopher Wheeldon hurtles his dancers through a high-speed journey.

Vitesse

FORGOTTEN LAND
Choreography Jiří Kylián
Assistant to the choreographer Roslyn Anderson
Music Benjamin Britten Sinfonia da Requiem
Set and costume design John F Macfarlane
Original lighting design Jiří Kylián (concept) Joop Caboort (realisation)
Lighting redesign Kees Tjebbes
Technical adaptation Joost Biegelaar
 
IN THE MIDDLE, SOMEWHAT ELEVATED
Choreography William Forsythe
Repetiteur Kathryn Bennetts
Music Thom Willems in collaboration with Lesley Stuck
Set, costume and lighting design William Forsythe

 

DGV©: DANSE À GRANDE VITESSE

Choreography Christopher Wheeldon
Repetiteur Jason Fowler
Music Michael Nyman MGV: (Musique à grande vitesse)
Set and costume design Jean-Marc Puissant
Lighting design Jennifer Tipton
reproduced by Jesse Belsky

Here are rigour, purpose, choreography as hope for the future, dance as stimulus rather than sleeping pill.

FINANCIAL TIMES on IN THE MIDDLE, SOMEWHAT ELEVATED