Premiere 4 BOLLEROSRavel, Chopin, Saint-Saëns, Laboš
The recognisable rhythm of bolero has been inspiring musicians and dancers for centuries, this being a unique opportunity to hear and see the development of bolero with great European composers, as Chopin, Saint- Saëns and Ravel, while the Croatian composer Višeslav Laboš is joining them with his electronic intervention. Ravel’s Bolero, composed for the ballet of Bronislava Nijinska, is the most magnificent and famous version of bolero in classical dance music, having been choreographed by some of the most famous ballet artists of the twentieth century, as Maurice Béjart i Bronislava Nijinska. As part of this exceptional ballet and dance evening in no less than four parts, we are also performing the subtle and sensual, much praised choreography of Maša Kolar, originally created for the Zagreb CNT Ballet. Her Bolero presents the persistent, steady and pitiless ticking of the community being. It is music written into the collective consciousness of Western civilisation. Minimal, yet obsessively repetitive rhythm of an individual, similarly to an infection, begins to spread its hypnotic impact to the other one, he and she, then to the whole group, which mirrors it in the rhythm of the collective. Co-existence with others through interconnectedness is slowly developing into competition and growing to the collective ecstasy, finding release in a kind of social purification. It is Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis who is charge of the choreography to the music of Ravel’s Bolero. Foniadakis is making his career in the musical biggest Canadian and European theatre houses, coming to Rijeka as one of the most distinguished performing artists of the programme of Rijeka, European Capital of Culture 2020. Bolero belongs to masterworks of the 20th century musical canon, due to which it has been a challenge for all generations of choreographers to get into dialogue with it. It is impossible to ignore the history of bolero having impact upon and forming the dance and choreography language, with each generation constructing, in its time and own context, a different viewpoint, opening a different perspective and discovering its different meaning, depending on the way the artistic consciousness has been formed over the time.
The performance lasts about 1 hour and 30 minutes with one interval.
BOLERO – Maša Kolar
BOLERO – ZID TIŠINE – Kristian Lever
BOLERO 1/3 – Shota Inoue
BOLERO – Andonis Foniadakis