The Hungarian National Ballet is delighted to be taking part in the National Dance Theatre's opening celebration series. The festive gala programme offers a selection from the ensemble's classical and modern repertoires, with the added feature of providing an opportunity for the next generation of dancers to make their debuts alongside artists at the height of their powers.
The performance of the Waltz of the Flowers by students of the Hungarian National Ballet Academy will kick off the evening from the classical side, to be followed by Hans van Manen's Trois Gnossiennes, which presents a broad spectrum of the modern repertoire, and George Balanchine's Theme and Variations, a modern classic choreographed to the music of Tchaikovsky and treating stylistic elements of classical ballet.
After the interval, the stage will again belong to the young: The Power of the Moment was an award-winning production from Vienna's VIBE ballet competition. The evening will then continue with key dances – two pas de deux and one pas de trois – from three important pieces from the classical repertoire: Spartacus, Le Corsaire and Don Quixote. Closing out the evening will be William Forsythe's The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, a work that just about sums up the Hungarian National Ballet's effort to provide variety: a homage to classical technique, it is at the same time considered one of the most challenging short modern ballet pieces.
1. Waltz of the Flowers (K. Mráz – P. I. Tchaikovsky)
2. Trois Gnossiennes
3. Theme and Variations
4. The Power of the Moment (A. Vetési – Animus Vox)
5. Spartacus – pas de deux from Act 3
6. Le Corsaire – pas de trois from Act 2
7. Don Quixote – pas de deux from Act 3
8. The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude
The Waltz of theFlowers (K. Mráz – P. I. Tchaikovsky) and the The Power of the Moment (A.Vetési – Animus Vox) are performed by the students of the Hungarian National Ballet Academy, the male variation is danced by Szilárd Kökény Hámori.