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Sun, Dec. 08, 2024, 6.00 pm | Main Stage Premiere

Ballets by Aszure Barton and William Forsythe

Slow Burn

Especially in the context of romantic relationships, the term "slow burn" refers to the slow maturing of deep feelings. Will you take your time to appreciate this evening or are you more of a love-at-first-sight type? Whichever you are, this double bill will most probably make you a believer.

William Forsythe is undisputedly one of the most important dance creators of our time. The reference point and characteristic feature of his "Blake Works V (The Barre Project)" is the eponymous ballet barre placed on stage, which simultaneously creates the illusion of infinity by reaching far into the wings. “The Barre Project” was conceived at the height of the pandemic as an homage to the legions of dancers who, while holding on to any available piece of domestic furniture, attempted to sustain their professional abilities with at-home barre exercises. The piece was created via Zoom meetings and first broadcast in 2021. Since then, this production has inspired a number of adaptations of this work for the stage, including the version which will be performed in Hamburg: "Blake Works V (The Barre Project)". Forsythe's choreography is a must for all fans of classical ballet, as it combines the grace of form and the unbridled joy of dance.

Aszure Barton sets out to create choreographies that will bring more beauty into this world and yet she does not shun heavy topics. In 2021, she choreographed her first narrative ballet for Demis Volpi at Ballett am Rhein based on Berthold Brecht's dark literary work "Baal". In 2024, she created an interpretation of the myth, Pandora's Box, for San Francisco Ballet. Barton, who is at home in both neoclassical as well as contemporary vocabulary, is known to Hamburg audiences by her two previous creations at Kampnagel. To a commissioned score by jazz composer/improviser Ambrose Akinmusire, Barton will create a world premiere that is not afraid to flirt with perilous beauty.

Music: Ambrose Akinmusire
Choreography: Aszure Barton
Set: Aszure Barton, Michelle Jank, Tanja Rühl
Costumes: Michelle Jank
Lighting Design: Tanja Rühl

BLAKE WORKS V (The Barre Project)
Music: James Blake
Choreography, Set and Costumes: William Forsythe
Lighting Design: Tanja Rühl after the Original by Brandon Stirling Baker
Recorded music

May 10, 2023
Ballet Company Teatro alla Scala, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy. Originating from The Barre Project (Blake Works II), created and filmed in 2020 for its first broadcast on March 25, 2021, on the CLI Studio Digital Platform 

Hamburg Ballet, December 8, 2024

>> Aszure Barton
>> William Forsythe


Venue: Main Stage, Dammtorstraße 28, 20354 Hamburg
Prices: 8,00 EUR to 207,00 EUR

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