A breathtaking dance piece that confronts our own desires and fears: eight women’s stories of female existence – pregnancy, childbirth and, in the end, a whirling piece on the nature of beauty. Created to Maurice Ravel’s Bolero and the music of Steve Reich, Erik Satie and others, the choreographies of the 1st Steps show address facets of life that affect us all in the irresistibly thrilling language of dance of Hans van Manen, Johan Inger, Jiří Kylián and Alexander Ekman. This September will see the premieres of previous years, Trois Gnossiennes, Falling Angels and Walking Mad, joined by the new production Episode 31, and it is with these masterpieces that the Hungarian National Ballet will be taking its own “first steps” in this season of 2019/2020.
“Walking Mad is an uneasy rethinking of Ravel’s Bolero made all the more surreal by its sultry eroticism. (…) The premiere of this psychologically charged piece performed by Tamás Solymosi’s company exceeded its own limits by a very large measure." (Krisztina Horeczky, Népszabadság online)
“I got the chance to see two different female versions of Falling Angels – and both evenings were marvellously successful.” (Graham Watts, Bachtrack)
Alexander Ekman and Mikael Karlsson are represented by Stepping Grounds Arts/CultureManagement. www.steppinggrounds.com