19 May 2018

With the premiere of the modern ballet Rossini Cards, Mauro Bigonzetti, Filip Fak and the Rijeka Ballet ensemble prepared a real gourmet dance evening! Strong applauses followed the duet and group scenes, laughs were the reaction to comic moments, while, in the end, the shouts “Bravo” called the dancers take a bow a number of times.

Rossini Cards is homage to the famous Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, his musical talent, but also the gastronomic one; in seven scenes through a precise geometric rhythm and Dionysian energy, it has come to Rijeka after almost fifteen years on European and North American stages.

«The performance is a refreshment!», «Rossini was a great gourmet, which can be seen in the performance», «There are many clearly challenging elements, at the same time it is vibrant and easy, both quite challenging and hard. It connects the erotic, intimate, new, with the classical and comic”, “I like the choreographer’s play on our expectations of a classical ballet, which he is actually playing games with, honouring it at the same time”, “I heard earlier that it is quite hard to play Rossini, yet it seems to me that it is even harder to dance on his music. Beautifully conceived”, “An hour of pleasure that everyone can and should afford. Beautiful music, wonderful dancers and phenomenal performance”, “The performance was excellent, refined, subtle… the collective scenes are dynamic. What I especially like is that Filip Fak performs music live.”

Next to the excellent pianist Filip Fak, the stars of the Rossini/Bigonzetti feast are sixteen dancers of the CNT Ivan pl. Zajc Ballet, namely, Ricardo Campos Freire, Ksenija Duran Krutova, Shota Inoue, Marta Kanazir, Andrei Köteles, Nika Lilek, Maria del Mar Hernandez, Laura Orlić, Michele Pastorini, Daniele Romeo, Tea Rušin, Ali Tabbouch, Hélias Tur-Dorvault, Marta Voinea Čavrak, Anca Zgurić  and Svebor Zgurić.

Until the arrival of Mauro Bigonzetti, his choreography was conveyed to the Rijeka Ballet by his assistant Béatrice Mille. The costume designer is Helena de Medeiros and lighting designer Carlo Cerri, whose associate is Massimo Consoli. Music was chosen by Bruno Moretti.

The love dance is expressed through effective sculptural forms, paying tribute to the elegance of female dancers, celebrating female beauty and physiognomy, closeness, joy and hilarity.

The staging of Rossini Cards comprises also a few secret ingredients. Find it out at the reruns on 21st, 23rd, and 25th May at 19:30 hours and on 26th May at 18 hours.

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