Premiere MEDITERRANEAN TRILOGY: Pulcinella & Afternoon of a Faun & Spanish Rhapsody
Igor Stravinski - Claude Debussy - Maurice Ravel

PULCINELLA
Igor Stravinski, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
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POSLIJEPODNE JEDNOG FAUNA
Claude Debussy
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ŠPANJOLSKA RAPSODIJA
Maurice Ravel
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Premiere: February 11, 2022

With the neoclassical ballet Pulcinella, choreographer Giovanni di Palma breaks out of the stereotype of classical ballet and crosses into the pantomime of comedy dell’arte. We present a proper ballet party for an audience of all generations – one full of exuberance, jokes and quick changes in an extremely well-structured performance.

The composition Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Claude Debussy is one of the most important musical works of the late 19th century and an eternal inspiration for choreographic creations. The symphonic song was created as a free interpretation of verses written by the symbolist Stéphane Mallarmé. Both interpretations of Mallarmé’s song of the same name were the inspiration for the embodiment of a faun in our 21st century choreographed by Maša Kolar. He is a narcissist, smug and autoerotic, all that we witness every day in today’s world bombarded by digital media. Faun is no longer interested in nymphs, he no longer exercises his passions in relation to someone else, but in relation to himself. If the Faun is a symbol of a man torn by opposite extremes, a man between reality and dream, art and eroticism, soul and matter, then we ask ourselves the question whether human instincts are natural and good or uncivilised and bad?

We also present a new choreographer from the European stage, Filipe Portugal, whose Spanish Rhapsody will be performed in the finale of the ballet evening. These three choreographic works under the common title “Mediterranean Trilogy” are conceived as a staging of the beauty and strength of our ballet ensemble.

 

Finding the right music that inspires me has always been the first step in any of my creations. This time, the challenge was to understand how much Ravel’s “Spanish Rhapsody” would inspire me.

Since Masa offered me the opportunity to create a ballet to this particular piece of music, my job was to begin to absorb its essence and understand where this music would take me.

‘Spanish Rhapsody’ takes me to a very mysterious place where I am seduced by the strong, warm blood of the Mediterranean. These were my first thoughts as I listened to it, beginning to grow and figure.

Like painting, my intention was to choreograph very close to Ravel’s musical intensity giving the audience a moving picture to what they are listening to, bringing into this dialogue between music and dance a dramaturgy of its own.

Inspired immensely by the wonderful dancers of the Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc, this work could not have been more pleasurable.