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Un ballo

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OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
February 11 19:30, March 06 19:00

At Ballett Zürich, an evening devoted to the Junior company has become an established tradition. For the first time, the premiere will be performed at the Theater Winterthur, which has maintained friendly relations with the ensemble for several seasons and frequently invites the company to give guest performances.

Under the title Un ballo, the three-part evening will feature choreographies by Jiří Kylián, Benoît Favre and another premiere performance.

Jiří Kylián’s created the choreography Un ballo in 1991 as his first ballet for the junior company of the Nederlands Dans Theater, which he established as Europe’s leading contemporary dance company during his twenty-year tenure as director. «A dance, music, nothing more» is how the Czech choreographer described this «exercise in musicality and sensibility between male and female partners», which is performed to Maurice Ravel’s minuet from Le Tombeau de Couperin and his Pavane pour une infante défunte.

The Swiss dancer Benoît Favre, who after two years in the Junior Ballett has been a member of Ballett Zürich since 2014, is not only the prize-winner of numerous dance competitions. Following his profound creations entitled Shift and Identities, performed in the «Young Choreographers» series, he attracted international attention when he won the first choreography competition at «Tanzolymp Berlin» with broken_line in 2015. Reason enough to entrust him with a new piece for the Junior Ballett.

Filipe Portugal, a much acclaimed soloist of Ballett Zürich and since a few years also successful choreographer, is going to create a Pas de deux for this evening.

With Maraschino Cherries the dancers are going to present a choreography by Cayetano Soto for the first time. The Catalan has created pieces for international companies and was appointed choreographer of the Ballet British Columbia in Canada as of 2015.

Cohen Aitchison-Dugas and Belle Beasley in Portugal's Behind the Mirror © Gregory Batardon
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