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Kairos / Sunyata / Borderlands

Choreography Wayne McGregor · Composer Joel Cadbury, Paul Stoney, Max Richter, Kaija Saariaho | New Production

Munich Opera Festival
Tuesday, 10. July 2018
07:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Nationaltheater

Duration est. 2 hours 30 minutes · Intervals between Kairos and Sunyata (est. 08:05 pm - 08:35 pm ) between Sunyata and Borderlands (est. 09:05 pm - 09:35 pm )

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Premiere at 14. April 2018

"Sunyata" - First performance April 14, 2018

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Cast

Musikalische Leitung
Koen Kessels
Choreographie
Wayne McGregor


Kairos

Choreographie
Wayne McGregor
Musik
Max Richter
Bühne
Idris Khan
Kostüme
Moritz Junge
Licht
Lucy Carter

Tänzerinnen
Sergio Navarro, Erik Murzagaliyev, Maria Chiara Bono, Emilio Pavan, Ariel Merkuri, Jonah Cook, Elisa Mestres, Jeanette Kakareka, Shuai Li, Elvina Ibraimova


Sunyata

Choreographie
Wayne McGregor
Musik
Kaija Saariaho
Bühne
Wayne McGregor
Kostüme
Moritz Junge
Licht
Lucy Carter

Tänzerinnen
Prisca Zeisel, Kristina Lind, Jonah Cook, Emilio Pavan, Erik Murzagaliyev, Dukin Seo, Elvina Ibraimova, Ksenia Ryzhkova


Borderlands

Choreographie
Wayne McGregor
Musik
Joel Cadbury, Paul Stoney
Bühne
Wayne McGregor, Lucy Carter
Kostüme
Wayne McGregor
Licht
Lucy Carter

Tänzerinnen
Dukin Seo, Ksenia Ryzhkova, Prisca Zeisel, Ziyue Liu, Freya Thomas, Vera Segova, Ariel Merkuri, Javier Amo, Jinhao Zhang, Dmitrii Vyskubenko, Blanka Paldi, Stefano Maggiolo

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An adventurous experimentalist, a soul driven by curiosity, who would like nothing more than to integrate all technological advances in every art form in order to show how these developments change our life, the world and, not least, art itself. This is Wayne McGregor. Born in 1970 in Stockport, UK, he fell in love with dance early on, inspired by films like Grease and Saturday Night Fever. He went on to study Choreography and Semiotics, continuing his education at the José Limon School in New York. In 1992 he founded the Random Dance Company, which quickly developed into a kind of aesthetics research centre, a Wayne McGregor studio. Inspiration from art, music, philosophy and scientific research meld together to form an interdisciplinary whole. 

He has been the Choreographer in Residence at the Royal Ballet London since 2006, and is the first person from the free scene to have ever held the position. Since then he has choreographed fifteen works for the Royal Ballet in which he has continued to explore movement on the bases of classical ballet, as in his early 2006 work Chroma to the full-length Woolf Works from 2015. His wide-ranging oeuvre includes productions for the greatest companies of the world such as Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris, New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Theatre Ballet Moscow and the San Francisco Ballet. 

Wayne McGregor's works can be seen for the first time at the Bayerisches Staatsballett as part of the 2018 Ballet Festival Week. Ballet Director Igor Zelensky has chosen to add two recent, successful pieces to the repertoire with Borderlands (San Francisco Ballet, 2013) and Kairos (Ballett Zürich, 2014). Both productions are also performed for the first time in Germany. In addition, the three-part programme of Portrait Wayne McGregor includes a new work for the Bayerisches Staatsballett: “It's interesting to work with dancers who are working on new interpretations of existing pieces and to see how they make the material their own and how they present it to the audience. And at the same time I've got the opportunity to create something completely new with the dancers. I'm looking forward to working on a new piece with the dancers at the Staatsballett,” says McGregor about his premiere. The new piece is called Sunyata. While Kairos is considered a more lyrical, harmonious piece and Borderlands strikes us with its sheer power and electric sounds and atmosphere, Sunyata enters the dialogue between these two productions, offering a moment of calm and void. 

 

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Borderlands is the result of Wayne McGregors analysis of Bauhaus-artist Josef Albers, who is known for his colourful, geometric paintings, which play with the spectator’s visual perception. McGregor focuses on the liminal status between two colours and how to transform them into a physical movement. Here, the relationship of dance and fine arts is not one of simple reproduction, but rather implies an interplay between light, costume and music. With his choreographic translations McGregor achieves a fast-paced, highly virtuosic play of perception. Bodies turn into extremities, transitions turn into transformations, eventually even gravity seems defunct. 

Etymologically, the word Kairos comes with heavy philosophic luggage: In its ancient Greek sense, the word denominates the crucial aspect of taking decisions, precisely the very moment when a decision to take action is made. In Modern Greek, on the other hand, the term Kairos simply means “weather”. 
Max Richter’s adaption of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” virtuously melts both facets together. Richter’s music together with the stage, designed by the visual artist Idris Khan, creates a vigorous room for the dancers’ movements. McGregor’s choreography stretches the body as a moment in time, sometimes hiding from the audience’s gaze, contrasting beautifully synchronised sequences against chaos implying movements.

Wayne McGregor also created an entirely new piece for the Bayerisches Staatsballett: Sunyata. For this premiere he worked with the contemporary Finnish composer Kaija Saariahom, whose “Circle Map” is both a spherical, dreamy as well as concrete physical composition, based on six poems of Persian Sufi mystic Rumi. The four-line poems are reflected in both the music and the number of dancers on stage: Sunyata features four male and four female dancers. The concept behind the term Sunyata stems from Buddhist philosophy about void, where void is not seen as something negative, but rather opening up endless possibilities for creation and development. 

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Conductor

Koen Kessels, born in Oostende, Belgium, studied at the Antwerp Royal Flemish Conservatory of Music.

He was appointed Music Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2010 and of The Royal Ballet from the start of the 2015/16 season.

He is a regular guest conductor for Dutch National Ballet, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Ballet Opéra National de Paris, and Théâtre du Capitole and has conducted for such companies as New York City Ballet, Teatro dell' Opera di Roma, Teatro Real Madrid, the New National Theatre Tokyo and the Brussels La Monnaie/deMunt.

His ballet repertory includes Coppélia, La Source, Sylvia, Giselle, Don Quichote, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Firebird, Petrushka, Apollo, Les Noces, Prodigal Son, Jewels, The Prince of the Pagodas, Hurlevent, Carmina Burana, Proust ou l'Intermittence du Coeur, Hommage à Jerôme Robbins, Two Pigeons, Le Parc, Symphony in C, M Julie, Bolero, La Valse, Suite en Blanc, L'Arlésienne, Fall River Legend, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, After the Rain, Within the Golden Hour, Judas Tree, and World Premieres of Psyche, Untouchable, Flight Patterns, Frankenstein, Symphonic Dances, Strapless, Corybantic Dances, Raven Girl, Woolf Works and Yugen.

DVD releases include Proust, Cinderella, Coppélia, Hommage à Jerôme Robbins and La Petite Danseuse with Paris Opera Ballet, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Frankenstein with The Royal Ballet and Cinderella with Birmingham Royal Ballet.

His opera repertory includes Kaija Saariaho's L'Amour de loin (Antwerp Opera), Hosokawa's Hanjo (De Keersmaeker), Lens/Cave/Cherkaoui Shell Shock (La Monnaie, Brussels) und Opern von Mozart, Bizet, Verdi, Puccini, Britten und Maxwell Davies, among others.

Kessels is an honorary professor of Birmingham University, Artistic Director of Inspiratum and president of the artistic direction team at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. As Artistic Director of HERMESensemble he has collaborated with such composers as Abrahamsen, Bartholomée, Benjamin, Brewaeys, Ferrari, Henderickx, Hosokawa, Van Hove, Zev Gordon, Dusapin, Huber, Maresz, Murail, Pagh-Paan, Van Parys, Saariaho, Talbot and Yared.

Portrait Wayne McGregor is his first appearance at the Bayerische Staatsballett. (Information as of March 2018)

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