H. van Manen / A. Eckman / S. Eyal / G. Behar / W. McGregor / E. Satie / M. Karlsson / A. Brun / J. Talbot / J. White /

(Ice) Cream of Ballet

contemporary ballet 12 premiere

Ballet evening in two parts

The cream of contemporary choreographies is presented to the audiences in this programme: the repertoire of the Hungarian National Ballet includes a wide range of interpretation of the dance genre. Trois Gnossiennes, Hans van Manen’s sensitive pas de deux is about resignation, trust and harmony. Episode 31 (first shown in Budapest in 2019) by Alexander Ekman is a showcase for the energy of young, athletic dancers, feeding on their enthusiasm. Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar are among the most exciting, original creative pairs in contemporary dance. In the organised chaos that is Bedroom Folk, music, dance and light each receive equal emphasis. The last piece of the show, Wayne McGregor’s Chroma can be seen in Hungary for the first time. The production examines the drama of the human body: how the body is capable of communicating the extremes of thought and emotion.

Hans van Manen / Erik Satie

Trois Gnossiennes

Built around the magically beautiful music of Erik Satie, Hans van Manen’s Trois Gnossiennes draws a picture of a unique relationship. This double portrait painted with sensitive brushstrokes flashes with images of trust, submission and dominance, and relativity and interdependence. Masterfully alternating between lyrical and grotesque elements and weaving together memorable human traits, van Manen depicts monologues and dialogue, as well as symbolic moments of a relationship rich in intimate profundities. The bravura elevation of simple poses to the level of acrobatics and the enigmatic and fantastic play with a living body that goes limp make this short but dense work an unforgettable one.

Alexander Ekman / Mikael Karlsson / Eric Satie / Ane Brun

Episode 31

“Episode 31 was created in 2011 for the graduating senior class at the Juilliard School in New York City. It is a large group piece consisting of a number of fast-paced scenes created by the dancers. From an upbeat drumming sequence to a quiet comment on beauty by Eric Satie, this piece is a showcase for the young enthusiastic energy of these very athletic dancers.” This is how Alexander Ekman explains the origins of a choreography that, after its New York premiere, was also shown in Edinburgh and also made it into the repertoires of the Finnish National Ballet and the Royal New Zealand Ballet. In September 2019, it becomes a colourful part of the Hungarian National Ballet’s modern repertoire.

"From youthful enthusiasm to quiet meditation: this is all dance."

Alexander Ekman and Mikael Karlsson are represented by Stepping Grounds Arts/CultureManagement.   www.steppinggrounds.com

Sharon Eyal / Gai Behar / Ori Lichtik

Bedroom Folk

Wayne McGregor / Joby Talbot / Jack White III


“Often in my own choreographies I have actively conspired to disrupt the spaces in which the body performs,” says Wayne McGregor, and this is true of this dance piece of his that examines the dramatic possibilities of the human body and how it is capable of communicating extreme thoughts and emotions. Fusing with and augmenting Joby Talbot’s original arrangements of music from the American rock band The White Stripes is a spare and minimalist set designed by architect John Pawson. Since its 2006 London premiere, Chroma has been adopted by major European and American ballet companies. In the 2019/20 season, it also becomes part of the Hungarian National Ballet’s repertoire.

"Minimalism and anarchy, chaos and classicism."

Commissioned by the Royal Ballet. Chroma was first performed by the RoyalBallet at the Royal Opera House, London on 17 November 2006.


Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage