W. McGregor / J. Talbot / J. White / S. Eyal / G.Behar / A. Ekman / M. Karlsson / E. Satie / A. Brun

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contemporary ballet

October 31., Sunday 11:00

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage

Ballet show in three parts

Hungarian premiere

The contemporary repertoire of the Hungarian National Ballet includes a wide range of interpretation of the dance genre. 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 opening 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.

Details

Location
Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Date
Oct. 31, 2021
Start time
11 a.m.
End time
1:25 p.m.

Wayne McGregor / Joby Talbot / Jack White III

Chroma

“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 2021/22 season, it also becomes part of the Hungarian National Ballet’s repertoire.


"Minimalism and anarchy, chaos and classicism."


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


Choreography by
Wayne McGregor
Music by
Jack White III Joby Talbot
Music arranged by
Joby Talbot
Orchestration by
Christopher Austin By arrangement with Chester Music Ltd
Set designer
John Pawson
Costume designer
Moritz Junge
Lighting designer
Lucy Carter
Staged by
Jessica Wright
Principal coaches
Antoine Vereecken Odette Hughes
Company répétiteur
Edit Rujsz
Design associate
Catherine Smith
Lighting associate
John-Paul Percox

Sharon Eyal / Gai Behar / Ori Lichtik

Bedroom Folk

Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar are among the most exciting, original creative pairs in contemporary dance. The Jerusalem-born Eyal was a dancer, and later a choreographer, with Israel’s exceedingly important Batsheva Dance Company before forming her own ensemble, the L-E-V Company, in 2013, with which she appeared in Budapest in April 2017. Her creative and romantic partner, Gai Behar, is a DJ and underground creative specialist in Tel Aviv. In 2015, they composed Bedroom Folk for the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT 1), a piece that formed part of the Strong Language dance show. Music, dance and light each receive equal emphasis in the choreography, which is little more than half an hour in length. The creation, which blends clean, uniquely designed and exotic dance elements and operates with suggestive colours and lighting, has a captivating atmosphere which is both serious and silly at the same time.

Choreographer and Set Designer
Sharon Eyal
Co-creator (choreography and set)
Gai Behar
Sound artist and music
Ori Lichtik
Lighting designer
Thierry Dreyfus
Costume designer
Rebecca Hytting
Staging ballet master
Olivia Ancona
Company répétiteur
Marianna Venekei

Alexander Ekman / Mikael Karlsson / Erik 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

Choreographer
Alexander Ekman
Set designer
Alexander Ekman
Video designer
Alexander Ekman
Composer
Mikael Karlsson Erik Satie Ane Brun
Costume and makeup designer
Luke Simcock
Lighting designer
Nicole Pearce
Répétiteur
Fernando Troya
Company répétiteur
Marianna Venekei

Events

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
Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage