9 November 2018

Maša Kolar, Kristian Lever, Shota Inoue and Andonis Foniadakis choreographed 4 Boleros that the delighted audience could hardly wait to applaud. Loud ovations followed, shouts of bravo and expressions of enthusiasm.

Visitors were happy to share with us their impressions: “This is so obsessive, having enchanted and captivated me, all in me bouncing while the music keeps echoing”, “Entertaining. Eclectic. Emotional. Warm. Funny. I haven’t had such fun in the theatre for a long time. In an hour and a half I got much more than an hour and a half can offer”, “Maša Kolar’s Bolero is excellent, while Ravel on trampolines incredible. So much sex-appeal in movement and costumes, but, primarily, a clever and great combination of Ravel and trampolines. Those who have been on a trampoline know how hard it is to remain on it, not to speak of dancing, and in such a way! Brilliant! This evening seemed to have passed in a second”, “Exciting and entertaining. I wanted to get up and dance”, “Great evening. I think this is a true contemporary ballet company”, “A phenomenal new view to the known music and patterns into which we thrust bolero. I’m delighted”, “The most beautiful part is the final one of the first Bolero, when there are so many dancers on the stage that it seems as if there were mirrors around them, the stage being filled”, “Something totally positive, it was really beautiful and I’m happy to have been here tonight”, “Amazing and impressive, four totally different parts, each original in its way, new and excellent”.

Maša Kolar is the choreographer of the first Bolero to the music of Maurice Ravel and in the electroacoustic interpretation of Višeslav Laboš. Maja Marjančić is assistant to the choreographer and dramaturge, Petra Pavičić costume designer, also signing the set design, while the lighting design is by Nuno Salsinha. Dancers in the Bolero by Maša Kolar were: Ksenija Krutova, Marta Voinea Čavrak, Tea Rušin, Maria del Mar Hernandez, Laura Orlić, Marta Kanazir, Nika Lilek, Anna Ponomareva, Cristina Lukanec, Irina Köteles, Anca Zgurić, Emanuel Amuchástegui, Andrei Köteles, Hugo Rodrigues, Daniele Romeo, Shota Inoue, Michele Pastorini, Ali Tabbouch, Svebor Zgurić and Tilman Patzak.

In the second part, Wall of Silence, Kristian Lever is the choreographer of the Bolero by Frédéric Chopin. Petra Pavičić is set and costume designer, Nuno Salsinha lighting designer, while Juraj Marko Žerovnik was the pianist. The dancers were Hugo Rodrigues, Svebor Zgurić, Shota Inoue, Ksenija Krutova, Marta Kanazir and Maria del Mar Hernandez.

Shota Inoue is the choreographer of the third part, 1/3, to the Bolero by Camille Saint-Saëns El desdichado (The Unhappy One). Petra Pavičić is set and costume designer, Nuno Salsinha lighting designer. Juraj Marko Žerovnik was the pianist. Spanish verses were sung by the Rijeka Opera stars Anamarija Knego and Ivana Srbljan. The dancer was Michele Pastorini.

Andonis Foniadakis is the choreographer of the fourth part to the Bolero by Maurice Ravel, created in the co-production with the Apotsoma Dance Company from France. The team of authors features set designer Petra Pavičić and costume designer Anastasios Sofroniou, who has worked with great fashion houses as Alexander McQueen and Diesel, with important world magazines and photographers, collaborating also with famous contemporary ballet companies as well as opera houses. Nuno Salsinha designed lighting. The dancers in Foniadakis’s Bolero were Nika Lilek, Emanuel Amuchástegui, Ali Tabbouch, Michele Pastorini and Laura Orlić.

Bolero in the choreography of Andonis Foniadakis, nowadays one of the leading European choreographers, is presented as a warm-up programme of Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture, also announcing the full length ballet of Andonis Foniadakis as part of the ECoC and CNT programme in the spring of 2020.

Reruns of 4 Boleros are on 10th, 12th, 13th and 16th November 2018.

CRITICAL VOICE is taking place in the Zajc auditorium on Saturday 10th November after the performance of 4 Boleros. Take part, make your comments openly, share impressions with critics and other visitors. Let us practice diversity by practicing critical thinking!