Four young choreographers are scheduled to work with The Hamburg Ballet.
Marco Goecke
(the winner of the choreographic competition "PRIX Dom Pérignon 2003") will be presenting a new piece. The Hamburg Ballet dancers Jirí Bubenícek and Yukichi Hattori (several times finalists of this competition) will also each be choreographing new works for this evening. Christopher Wheeldon who created the ballet "VIII." in 2001 for The Hamburg Ballet will be presenting "Polyphonia". This successful piece was the first ballet he choreographed as Artist in Residence for the New York City Ballet.

 

 

Ballet by Marco Goecke

 

Music Collage
  Chet Baker
Michael Jüllich
Choreography
  Marco Goecke

 

Premiere
The Hamburg Ballet, Hamburg, June 19, 2005

 

Original Cast
  Joseph Aitken
Silvano Ballone
Thiago Bordin
Stephan Bourgond
Antonin Comestaz
Orkan Dann
Peter Dingle
Emil Faskhoutdinov
Andrew Hall
Yaroslav Ivanenko
Arsen Megrabian
Yohan Stegli
Alexandre Riabko
Lloyd Riggins

 

 Marco Goecke

Born 1972 in Wuppertal, Germany, Marco Goecke recieved from his 16th year, at the Ballet Academy Cologne, his first professional dance training. He continued his studies at the "Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung" in Munich and then at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He joined the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin in 1980, thereafter the Theatre Hagen. Since 2000 he works as a freelance choreografer. His first choreography, "Loch", was created in 2000 for the Theatre Hagen. 2001 he choreographed "Chicks", 2002 "Demigods" and 2004 "Yckyucky" for the "Noverre Society" in Stuttgart. In June 2002 he was invited by the "Choreographic Institute New York" (Diamond Project) to choreograph a ballet with dancers of the New York City Ballet. In 2004 he created "Mopey" for "Peter Boal & Company" which was shown at the Joyce Theatre on Broadway, at Jacob's Pillow Festival and at the Biennale in Venice. With his choreography "Blushing" he won first prize at the international choreographic competition "PRIX Dom Pérignon 2003" in Hamburg. In 2004 he was invited to present his ballets "Mopey" and "Blushing" at Tanztheater Pina Bausch's Festival. In 2005 he choregraphed "Sweet Sweet Sweet" for the Stuttgart Ballet and will create two new pieces for The Hamburg Ballet and for the Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle, Wa) respectively.

 

 

Ballet by Jirí Bubenicek

 

Music
  Otto Bubenícek
Choreography
  Jirí Bubenicek
Text
  Edd Schouten
Costumes
  Elsa Pavanel

 

Premiere
The Hamburg Ballet, Hamburg, June 19, 2005

 

Original Cast
 

Silvia Azzoni
Hélène Bouchet
Anja Behrend
Philippa Cook
Maria Kousouni
Carolina Mancuso
Stephanie Minler
Yuka Oishi
Mariana Zanotto

Silvano Ballone
Jirí Bubenícek
Otto Bubenícek
Emil Faskhoutdinov
Carsten Jung
Arsen Megrabian
Stefano Palmigiano
Edvin Revazov
Alexandre Riabko
Yohan Stegli
Konstantin Tselikov

 

 

Ballet by Yukichi Hattori

 

Music
  Johann Sebastian Bach
Cello Suite No. 1 in G major BWV 1007,
Prélude
Concerto for two Violins in D minor BWV 1043,
Vivace
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor BWV 1060,
2. Satz Adagio, 3. Satz Allegro
Violin Concerto A minor BWV 1041,
Allegro assai, Andante
Choreography
  Yukichi Hattori

 

Premiere
The Hamburg Ballet, Hamburg, June 19, 2005

 

Original Cast
 

Hélène Bouchet
Georgina Broadhurst
Galien Johnston
Irina Krouglikova

Joseph Aitken
Loris Bonani
Peter Dingle
Stefano Palmigiano
Yohan Stegli
Ivan Urban

and the Ensemble

 

 

Ballet by Christopher Wheeldon

 

Music
  György Ligeti
Désordre from Études pour piano,
premier livre (1985)
Arc-en-ciel from Études pour piano,
premier livre (1985)
No. 4 Tempo di Valse from
Musica Ricercata (1951-1953)
Invention (1948) Nr. 8 Vivace energico
from Musica Ricercata (1951-1953)
No. 2 Hopp ide tisztan from
Three Wedding Dances (1950)
No. 7 Cantabile molto legato (1951-1953)
No. 3 Allegro con spirito from
Musica Ricercata (1951-1953)
No. 2 Mesto, rigido e cerimoniale from
Musica Ricercata (1951-1953)
Capriccio No. 2 – Allegro robusto (1947)
Choreography
  Christopher Wheeldon

 

World Premiere
New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
January 4, 2001

 

Original Cast
 

Alexandra Ansanelli
Jennie Somogyi
Jennifer Tinsley
Wendy Whelan

Jason Fowler
Craig Hall
Edwaard Liang
Jock Soto

 

Premiere in Hamburg
The Hamburg Ballet, June 19, 2005
Choreography © by Christopher Wheeldon

 

Original Cast
 

Silvia Azzoni
Hélène Bouchet
Heather Jurgensen
Maria Kousouni

Thiago Bordin
Carsten Jung
Alexandre Riabko
Yohan Stegli

 

"Romantic with comic twists" is how Christopher Wheeldon
describes his new work set to ten eclectic piano pieces by Ligeti. Its brief sections run the choreographic spectrum from the bold, neoclassic angularity of Balanchine through playful duets, a dreamy waltz, a gentle, plaintive solo to the intense intertwining of one couple.
Ligeti’s polyphony (many individual voices sounding simultaneously) with fleeting references to Stravinsky, Debussy, Kodály and Prokofiev, among others, finds its match in the choreographer’s interweaving of ballet and modem dance movement.

 

Reviews

Greatness, invention, subtlety
The music, 10 piano pieces by Ligeti, is immensely complex, and Wheeldon's dances for four couples match that quality. There is so much detail and subtlety in the ballet that I wanted to see it over again straight away, but even at first sight the variety of invention is striking. Beautiful.
John Percival, The Independent

Polyphonia is very much a homage to Balanchine, with quotations from, among others, Apollo, Episodes and Bugaku. However, it is not simply pastiche, but a serious exploration of movement and music and how they are linked. Wheeldon is one of the most musically
astute choreographers working today, and the initially formidable Ligeti opens up magically to his organisational skills.
Evening Standard

Wheeldon's triumph in Polyphonia is his duet in which the dancers appear to be supernatural creatures, defying laws of mass and gravity.
Jann Parry, The Observer

 

 
 Christopher Wheeldon

Christopher Wheeldon was born in Yeovil, Somerset, England. He began his ballet training when he was 8 years old at the East Coker Ballet School. At age 11, Mr. Wheeldon enrolled at The Royal Ballet School where he trained until he was 18. He joined England's Royal Ballet in 1991, where he danced works by Ashton, Macmillan and Balanchine. That same year, he won the Gold Medal at the Prix de Lausanne competition. In 1993, Mr. Wheeldon was invited to become a member of New York City Ballet's corps de ballet. Mr. Wheeldon was promoted to the rank of Soloist in 1998. As a dancer with New York City Ballet, Mr. Wheeldon appeared in many works in the repertory, dancing featured roles in George Balanchine's "Divertimento No. 15, "The Four Temperaments", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "The Nutcracker" and Jerome Robbins' "The Concert", "Dances at a Gathering" and "The Goldberg Variations".

In 2000 Christopher Wheeldon retired from dancing to concentrate on his choreographic work. Chosen to be New York City Ballet's first Artist in Residence. In 2001 he was named Resident Choreographer for the New York City Ballet. The following ballets were created for this company: Slavonic Dances" (1997), "Scènes de ballet" (1999), "Mercurial Manoeuvres" (2000), "Polyphonia" (2001), "Variations sérieuses" (2001), "Morphoses" (2002), "Carousel (A Dance)" (2002),"Mesmerics" (2003), "Carnival of the Animals" (2003), "Liturgy" (2003), "Shambards" (2004) and "After the Rain" (2005).

Some of his choreographic credits include: "Firebird" (1999) for Boston Ballet, "Sea Pictures" (2000) and "Continuum" (2002) for San Francisco Ballet, "VIII." (2001) for The Hamburg Ballet, "Tryst" (2002) for the Royal Ballet, "Swan Lake" (2004) for Pennsylvania Ballet as well as the ballet sequence for the Columbia Pictures feature film "Center Stage". Christopher Wheeldon made his Broadway choreographic debut in March 2002 with the stage version of the film "Sweet Smell of Success".

In 1996 he received the Mae L. Wien Award from the School of American Ballet for choreography and in 1997 the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center for promising newcomer in choreography, the London Critics’ Circle Award for best new ballet for "Polyphonia" and the American Choreography Award for best choreography for the movie "Center Stage". A production of "Polyphonia" performed by NYCB dancers in the fall of 2002 received the Olivier Award for best new dance production.

 

In the meteoric career that has transformed him from a gifted dancer in the company (The New York City Ballet) into the most talented classical choreographer of his generation, Mr. Wheeldon has leaned toward spectacular compositional effects with large casts...
Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times, January 2001

GoeckeJ. Bubenicek
HattoriWheeldon
 

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