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Spectre de la Rose & Opus 19/The Dreamer & the second detail

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May 28, 2014
June 1, 2014

Michel Fokine’s landmark 1911 ballet Le Spectre de la Rose has been lavishly re-imagined by the exciting young Choreographer-in-Residence with Stuttgart Ballet, Marco Goecke. While preserving the central dynamic between The Young Girl and The Spirit of the Rose, Goecke has added both dancers and music to the ballet, creating a broader thematic and choreographic context in which the work can unfold. Goecke’s fresh reading of this great modern classic is a genuine revelation.

Jerome Robbins’ work traversed the spectrum of modern dance, from Broadway shows to severe abstraction, but whether in narrative or non-narrative situations, his ballets always take delight in the emotive and expressive possibilities of human movement. His late work Opus 19/The Dreamer is the abstract Robbins and, set to Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major, exemplifies beautifully the tensions in his work and personality between the bold experimenter and the inconsolable romantic.

The arch antagonist of received ballet wisdom, William Forsythe’s choreographic provocations have earned him as much notoriety as acclaim. Yet beneath the anarchic comedy, the fiercely deconstructive and random-seeming surface of a work such as the second detail there lurks an ungainly but defiant elegance, a vision of dance that forces us to look anew at ballet’s meanings and potentialities.

For tickets: www.National.Ballet.ca

Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West