classic ballet

April 23., Saturday 20:00

Hungarian State Opera

Ballet gala in two acts


Hungarian State Opera
April 23, 2022
Start time
8 p.m.
End time
10:15 p.m.

Sol León & Paul Lightfoot / P. Prado / A. Dominguez / E. Lecuona / R. Barretto / Trio Los Panchos

Sad Case

“Now in hindsight we realise that energy is everything. When we created Sad Case in 1998, so far in to Sol’s pregnancy, the hormones were jumping and emotions were high.  It is these hormones of laughter, madness and the trepidation of the unknown ahead that are the umbilical chord of this work,” says the British Paul Lightfoot, thinking back to the origin of the ballet. He and his partner, the Spanish Sol León share credit for the performance’s choreography and set and costume designs. Up until 2020, León worked as artistic consultant and Lightfoot as artistic director for the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), where they were responsible for bringing about sixty creations, including Sad Case, which is undoubtedly one of the pillars of their work. In it, surprising movements set to Mexican mambo music reflect the ongoing search for the tension between the satirical and the serious. The piece was first presented in Hungary by the Hungarian National Ballet in 2021.

Mário Radačovský - Pjotr Iljics Csajkovszkij

Národni Divadlo Brno: Black and White trio (részlet / excerpt)

Black and White by Mario Radačovský is in fact a modern version of the most popular of Tchaikovsky’s ballets, Swan Lake. The form of Radačovský’s interpretation is based on a different perspective on all the traditions associated with this title, whether we are talking about the vocabulary of movement, the visual aspect of the production or the dramaturgy. All three are underlined by the extraordinary artistic performances of the soloists in this pas de trois.
Mário Radačovský
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Costume designer
Patricia Barker

Mário Radačovský - Giacomo Rossini

Národni Divadlo Brno: Rossini

Rossini is an extract from Mário Radačovsky’s ballet Michelangelo that has been originally premiered at the Serbian National Ballet in Belgrade. The six male dancers’ bodies are sculptures or inspirations. To a certain extent, it is also a slight caricature of musculature as such, of ideas and ideals. It is about fantasy and reality at the same time since it is purely about a male element. Radačovský has incorporated the male dancers to the choreography purposely, in connection with Michelangelo’s orientation and with a reference to the relationships he experienced. However, it is all easier in the end. It is about the illustration of physical capability, speed and precision. About the attributes Michelangelo loved.
Mário Radačovský
Gioachino Rossini
Lighting designer
Mário Radačovský

M. Petipa / Solymosi T. / Mirzoyan A. / Prokofieva I. / L. Minkus / É. Deldevez / L. Delibes / R. Drigo / D. Auber


Few works in classical ballet history have as many versions as the Paquita suite, also known as the Paquita Grand pas (classique). The new piece was created by Marius Petipa on the basis of the French ballet Paquita by working together with composer Ludwig Minkus to select the main musical numbers. Ever since the original premiere in Russia in 1882, the piece has used as many variations and solos, including additions from external sources, as dreamed up by the choreographer of the given production. In fact, a unique attribute of the piece is that the performing dancers often determine the numbers to dance or even perform choreographies prepared specifically for them.


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