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Nederlands Dans Theater 1
Director: Paul Lightfoot

40th Hamburg Ballet-Days
Hamburg State Opera, July 8 and 9, 2014
 
 

Sehnsucht
Ballet by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot
 

© Wilfried Hösl

 
Premiere
Lucent Danstheater, Den Haag
May 7, 2009 / November 25, 2010 (extended version)
 

Music
  Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37– 2nd movement;
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67 – 3rd and 4th movements;
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, op. 58 – 2nd movement
     
Choreography
  Sol León
Paul Lightfoot
     
Set and Costumes
  Sol León
Paul Lightfoot
   
Lighting
  Tom Bevoort

30 minutes

 

Sehnsucht is a German word that literally means "longing" or in a wider sense a kind of "intensely missing". However, Sehnsucht is almost impossible to translate adequately and describes a deep emotional state. Sehnsucht is one of those quasi-mystical terms in German for which there is no satisfactory term in another language.
Wikipedia

 

 

Schmetterling
Ballet by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot
 

© Wilfried Hösl

 
Premiere
Lucent Danstheater, Den Haag
November 25, 2010
 

Music
 

The Magnetic Fields
songs from the album: 69 Love Songs

Max Richter
"Europe after the rain", "Untitled Figures", "Embers" from the album: Memoryhouse; "On the Nature of Daylight" from the album: Blue Notebooks; "Infra 1" from the album: Infra

     
Choreography
  Sol León
Paul Lightfoot
     
Set
  Sol León
Paul Lightfoot
   
Costumes
  Joke Visser
Hermien Hollander
   
Lighting
  Tom Bevoort
   
Photography on stage
  Rahi Rezvani

45 minutes

 

2010 saw the premičre of Schmetterling by the Spanish-British duo Sol León and Paul Lightfoot. Schmetterling, meaning "butterfly", suggests the transitional nature of existence and the continuous crossing of paths between life and death. Duets and trios echo all types of possible love stories to the music by indie rock band Magnetic Fields and their '69 Love Songs' as well as contemporary composer Max Richter.

 

 

Reviews

Breathtaking portrayal of love.
Trouw, 2010

In this arbitrary melding of music by Max Richter and the Magnetic Fields, there were two concepts at play: intimate dances with little heart and a melodramatic look at aging.
The New York Times, 2013

The work is an homage to the transformative nature of being alive, symbolized by the fleeting beauty of a butterfly. Using a selection of love songs from the indie art rock band the Magnetic Fields and music by contemporary composer Max Richter, the piece suggests change and transformation on multiple levels.
Harlem World MAgazine, 2013

In stages throughout, the smallest central portal opens, revealing a moody skyscape, and one by one, the nested portals disappear to show a breathtaking panorama of Death Valley.
Dance Magazine, 2013

Text and Photos © Nederlands Dans Theater

 
 

 
 
1 intermission
1 hour 45 min.

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