The Greek National Opera Ballet presents three contemporary dance pieces. GNO Ballet Director Konstantinos Rigos enters into creative discourse on contemporary movement vocabularies with two of the dance world’s leading lights – the Czech Jiří Kylián and the Israeli Ohad Naharin.
The Pedal Tone for a Child
Choreography – Sets: Konstantinos Rigos
Music: Giorgos Koumendakis
Conductor: Lukas Karytinos
With the participation of the GNO Orchestra
GNO Ballet Director Konstantinos Rigos presents a new choreography for a piece by Giorgos Koumendakis, The Pedal Tone for a Child. The work, inspired by Byzantine music, concerns itself with discovering a world of nature and of tradition. Using a marionette as his expressive vehicle, Rigos attempts to render the landscape of childhood. Across the work’s three parts, the human form takes on different characteristics that portray corresponding aspects of the body.
Choreography – Sets – Lighting: Jiří Kylián
Music: W. A. Mozart
Costumes: Joke Visser
The great Jiří Kylián, who served as Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater from 1975 to 1999, first presented this choreography in Salzburg to mark the bicentennial of Mozart’s death, setting the work to slow movements taken from two of Mozart’s most popular Piano Concertos – Nos. 21 and 23. Aggression and sexuality, energy and silence all play an important role in this choreography – Petite mort (which means “small death”) is, after all, a euphemism for an orgasm in French and Arabic. The choreographer notes: “This deliberate choice should not be seen as a provocation or thoughtlessness – rather as my way to acknowledge the fact that I am living and working as part of a world where nothing is sacred, where brutality and arbitrariness are commonplace.”
Choreography – Costumes: Ohad Naharin
Lighting: Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
Incorporating music that ranges from Dean Martin to mambo, and from techno to traditional Israeli music, Minus 16 was created by the exceptional Ohad Naharin, current House Choreographer and former Artistic Director (1990 to 2019) of the renowned Batsheva Dance Company. Naharin is also the creator of “Gaga” – a singular movement language that enables dancers to move past their usual limits, both within their work and beyond. Minus 16 is a piece that eliminates the barrier between its dancers and the audience in unique and unpredictable ways. Dance triptych with choreographies by Konstantinos Rigos, Jiří Kylián, and Ohad Naharin.
Ticket prices: €15, €20, €30, €35, €42, €50, €55, €70
Limited visibility seats: €10
Tickets can be booked in advance from Monday, 7 March 2022 via the GNO Box Office and ticketservices.gr/en