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Topia / Landscapes
Antonis Foniadakis / Benjamin Millepied / Douglas Lee / Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
The new Ballet Director of the Greek National Opera, Antonis Foniadakis, has invited leading choreographers Benjamin Millepied and Douglas Lee to participate in a 3-part work entitled Landscapes (Topia) which marks a new turn in the artistic identity of the Greek National Opera’s Ballet and brings different styles of neoclassical ballet together in a creative dialogue. Benjamin Millepied, until recently director of the Paris Opera Ballet, and an internationally acclaimed principal dancer and choreographer himself, is presenting one of his pieces entitled Sarabande for the first time performed by the Greek National Opera’s Ballet. British choreographer and dancer, Douglas Lee, is presenting his new creation Fortress, while Antonis Foniadakis will present his choreography entitled The Shaker Loops.
Choreography: Benjamin Millepied / Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Millepied, former director of the Paris Opera Ballet, was principal at the New York Ballet. There in the 1990s he performed the work A Suite of Dances choreographed by Jerome Robbins. In memory of that amazing solo performed to the music of Bach’s Cello Suites, in 2009 he devised the piece entitled Sarabande, a choreography based on Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin and Partita for solo flute. He may well share with his American inspirer a musicality free of any kinesiological surplus, but he has managed to instill his own choreographical language into the work; a language fluid and full of flexibility. The work commences with a variation on solos, followed by successions of duets, trios or quartets, in a light-footed choreography, which appears to being devising itself as it goes along. Precisely paced and in time with the music but without any sense of heaviness.
- The Shaker Loops
Choreography: Antonis Foniadakis / Music: John Adams
First presented at the Ballet de Lorraine in 2014This is Foniadakis’ first work for the Ballet de Lorraine, for which the choreographer chose one of the most famous pieces by John Adams, Shaker Loops, written in 1978 for a string septet, which is now recognised as one of the most emblematic minimalist pieces. The choreography follows the frantic paradoxicality of the music which is primarily based on the sense of endless loops and waves. The vibration of the music prompted Foniadakis to devise a sensitive choreography to match Adams' work. The choreography exposes many aspects of the music which “fully suits the turmoil of our times” as the choreographer points out.
Choreography: Douglas Lee / Music Ezio Bosso, The 12th room in G minor
The Stuttgart Ballet’s principal dancer and internationally acclaimed choreographer Douglas Lee presents a new work for the Greek National Opera Corps de Ballet based on Ezio Bosso’s piano solo. The choreographer was guided by the emotional world of the music and completed his creation based on the personality of the dancers he worked with. Utilising a small team of dancers, his desire is to showcase the quality of individuals, through the real sense of familiarity that the music engenders.
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Topia / Landscapes
Choreography: Benjamin Millepied / Douglas Lee / Antonis Foniadakis
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach / Ezio Bosso / John Adams
PREMIERE 31 MARCH 2017
31 March 2017
1, 2, 4, 5 April 2017
5, 6, 10 May 2017
Greek National Opera Main Stage - 'Stavros Niarchos' Hall
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Starts at: 20:00
Costumes: Paul Cox / Douglas Lee / Tassos Sofroniou
Lighting: Sakis Birbilis
With the GNO Principal dancers, Soloists, Demi-Soloists and Corps de Ballet.
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