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Kylián le grand
A tribute to Jiří Kylián

November 13, 14, 15, 2008

Kylián le grand

Original idea:
Anik Bissonnette
Mário Radačovský

Directed by:
François Flamand

Lighting design:
Martin Saintonge

Choreographies :
Jiří Kylián
Johan Inger
Paul Lightfoot, Sol León
Mário Radačovský

Gioconda Barbuto
Anik Bissonnette
David Krûger
Megumi Nakamura
Francesco Nappa
Lesley Telford
Mário Radačovský
And 14 dancers from the Ballet at the Slovak National Theatre
Viktoria Simončíková, Adrian Dučin, Katarína Košíková, Roman Novitzký, Silvia Nájdená, Marko Culen, Katarína Kaanová, Andrej Szabo, Klaudia Bittererová, František Sulek, Reona Sato, Peter Dedinský, Barbora Kubátová, Andrej Cagán.

Production Manager:
Claude Caron

Kylián le grand is an original concept. A first version of this show has been presented August 3rd, 2006 at Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur.

A word from the Project Artistic Direction

Putting together and performing in Kylián le grand has been, for both of us, a labour of love. Jiří Kylián is an extraordinary artist is one of the great explorers, philosophers and teachers of dance. This show offers a sampling the works that has made him one of the towering figures in dance and gives a sense of the profound influence he has had on a new generation with presentations of the work of choreographers who have passed through his Netherlands Dance Theatre.

In my work (Mário Radačovský), and in the work of Paul Lightfoot and Sol León and Johan Inger, Jiří Kylián is recognized as an enormously important teacher and mentor. But Jiří is not only a choreographers’ choreographer, he is also a dancers’ choreographer. Dancers love to work with him because he invites them to participate in the process of creation with him. He is a man with an incredibly generous spirit who treats all of his colleagues, in fact everyone who works with him in the theatre, with a great and touching respect.

That respect also carries over to his special relationship to his audience. Jiří’s work is always shaped as an intimate communication between him and the audience as he maps the human spirit with works of sensuality, passion, humour, grief and hope. For us, Kylián le grand provides an opportunity to introduce the man and the artist to a new public while celebrating the work of a true modern master.

Anik Bissonnette and Mário Radačovský
October, 2008

Programme (still subject to change)

Wherabouts Unknown (excerpt)

Choreography by: Jiří Kylián
Music: Charles Ives (1874 - 1954), "The Unanswered Question" for Orchestra [1908], revised version 1930/35
CD Information: Charles Ives: "The Unanswered Question", New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (conductor), DGG 429 220-2 [DDD]

Costumes: Joke Visser
Light: Michael Simon

Dancers: Lesley Telford, Francesco Nappa

Première : 1 June 1993, AT&T Danstheater, Den Haag (NDT I)

Petite Mort (excerpt)

Choreography: Jiří Kylián
Music : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Concerto in C Major (KV 467), Andante
CD Info : The English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate (conductor), Mitsuko Uchida (piano), Andante KV 467: PHILIPS 416 381 - 2

Costumes: Joke Visser
Light: Joop Caboort

Dancers: Anik Bissonnette, Mário Radačovský

Première : 23 August 1991, Kleines Festspielhaus, Salzburger Festspiele (NDT I)

Wing of Wax (excerpt)

Choreography: Jiří Kylián
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750), Variatio Nr.25, Adagio, in g-minor, (arranged for string trio by Di¬mitri Sit¬ko¬vetsky), from "Goldberg Variationen", BWV 988
CD Info: Bach "Goldberg Variati¬onen", "In Memoriam Glenn Gould", Orfeo C 138 851 A
Costumes: Joke Visser
Light:Michael Simon

Dancers: Lesley Telford, Francesco Nappa

Première: 23 January 1997, Lucent Danstheater, Den Haag (NDT I)

Black Bird (excerpt)

Venue & Worldpremiere Saitama Arts Theater, Saitama, Japan, 6-10-2001
Choreography: Jiří Kylián
Music: Dirk Haubrich (commission / traditional ethnic music)
Décor: Jiří Kylián (concept)
Light : Michael Simon
Realisation light : Henk Palmers
Costumes: Yoshiki Hishinuma
Realisation costumes: Joke Visser
Film & Video: P&P Lataster, Vidishot (edit)
Duration : 70 minutes
Original Cast : Megumi Nakamura, Ken Ossola
25-10-2001 Korzo Theater, Den Haag (Dutch Première Holland Dance Festival)

This Kylián work is a co-production between Saitama Arts Theater, Holland Dance Festival and the Kylián Foundation.

Dancers on the video: Megumi Nakamura, Ken Ossola
Dancer on stage : Megumi Nakamura

Premiered on 2001, in Saitama Arts Theater in Japan


Choreography: Paul Lightfoot and Sol León
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) from: Symphony Nr. 5 in c-minor, Opus 67, [1804/1¬808], First movement: Allegro con brio
CD Info : Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber (conductor), DGG 415861 - 2 GH [ADD]

First cast :
Viktoria Simončíková, Reona Sato, Roman Novitzky, Adrian Ducin
Second cast :
Barbora Kubátová, Katarína Košíková, Andrej Szabo, Peter Dedinský ou Juraj Zilinčár

Première: 4 March 1994, Muziektheater, Amsterdam (NDT III)




Choregraphy: Mário Radačovský
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto in A Major (KV 488), Adagio
Costumes: Mário Radačovský
Light: David Morrison

Dancers: Anik Bissonnette, Mário Radačovský

Worldpremiere: Gala des étoiles, 2003

Couple of Moments

Choreography: Johan Inger
Music: Arvo Pärt, Silouans Song 'My soul yearns after the Lord' – for stringorchestra (1991) Gioacchino Rossini, part from ouverture 'Guillaume Tell' (1829) Arvo Pärt, Psalom – for stringorchestra (1985, stringorchestra 1995)
Set : Johan Inger
Costumes: Asalia Khadjé
Light : Henk Palmers

Dancers: Gioconda Barbuto, David Krügel

Worldpremière : 11 September 1997, Lucent Danstheater, Den Haag NDT III


Birth-Day (film excerpt)

Dance production by Jiří Kylián (concept / choreography / stage and light design) for NDT III

Choreography: Jiří Kylián
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) Divertimento in D – major KV 136 [1772] Presto
CD Info: Mozart: Serenata Notturna & 3 Divertimenti, I Musici, Track 3, Philips 412 120 – 2
Costumes: Joke Visser
Film / video: P. & P. Lataster Films & Rob de Groot
Video editing: Rob de Groot – Vidishot MultiMedia

Dancers: Gioconda Barbuto, David Krügel

Première I : 24 August 2001, Hebbeltheater, Berlin
Première II : 28 September 2001, Saitama Arts Theater, Japan
In Holland : 14 November 2001, Lucent Danstheater,

NOTE : Birth-day was a co-production by Hebbel Theater (Berlin), Saitama Arts Theater (Japan) and Nederlands Dans Theater.

Un Ballo

Choreography: Jiří Kylián
Music : Maurice Ravel
I Le Tombeau de Couperin - Menuet
II Pavana for the Dead Infanta
CD Info:Ravel “Orchestral Works”, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Conductor Charles Dutoit, DECCA 410 254 – 2

Set: Jiří Kylián
Costumes: Joke Visser
Light design: Joop Caboort
Light/ Technical Adaptation: Henk Palmers
Production: Urtzi Aranburu
Repétitéur: Nora Gallovičová

Dancers :
Viktoria Simončíková, Adrian Dučin, Katarína Košíková, Roman Novitzký, Silvia Nájdená, Marko Culen, Katarína Kaanová, Andrej Szabo, Klaudia Bittererová, František Sulek, Reona Sato, Peter Dedinský, Barbora Kubátová, Andrej Cagán.
Second cast : Also Mário Radacovský

Première : 17 January 1991, AT&T Danstheater Den Haag (NDT II)
Slovak Première : 16 May 2008, Slovak National Theatre


Jiří Kylián

Jirí Kylián is among the most brilliant choreographers of his generation. A cosmopolitan artist who abhors nationalism and flag-waving, he was one of the first choreographers to build bridges between styles, ages and traditions. Kylián continues his relentless search for what he calls simply “the truth.” “While it is easy to lie with words,” he explains, “you cannot lie with the body.” Through an impressive corpus of ballets—over ninety —Kylián has explored such themes as the couple, war, his homeland, and Japanese and native cultures. His works are represented in the repertoires of over eighty dance companies around the world.
Born in Prague in 1947, Jirí Kylián studied dance at the Prague Conservatory and the Royal Ballet School in London. In 1968 he joined the Ballet Stuttgart directed by John Cranko. In 1973 the NDT in The Hague invited Kylián to create works for the company. There he made a remarkable debut with Viewers, the first of dozens of choreographies he would create for NDT. Stoolgame followed in 1974, and La Cathédrale engloutie and Return to a Strange Land the following year.
In 1975 Kylián left the Ballet Stuttgart to become, at age 28, the co-director of NDT, then one of the world’s most innovative dance companies. That same year he created the ballet Sinfonietta, set to music by compatriot Leos Janácek, a work that firmly established his reputation worldwide. Beginning in 1980, he became the sole artistic director of NDT. During this span, Kylián not only made his mark as a choreographer (72 ballets for NDT and 92 works in all), but turned NDT into a crucible for such prominent choreographers as William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Christopher Bruce and Ohad Naharin—and an incubator for aspiring choreographers.
As the artistic director of NDT, he established a unique structure designed to reflect “the three dimensions of a dancer’s life.” He added NDT II, a young experimental company of dancers aged 17 to 22, and NDT III for dancers/performing artists over the age of 40. Such distinguished artists as Maurice Béjart, Maguy Marin, Hans van Manen, Nacho Duato, Robert Wilson and Paulo Ribeiro have endorsed the initiative over the years by contributing to each of these new sections.
In April 1995, Jirí Kylián celebrated his 20th anniversary as director of NDT with Arcimboldo, a large-scale production that involved all the dancers of NDT I, NDT II and NDT III.
Kylián stepped down as head of NDT in August 1999, but he continues to play a key role in the company as its resident choreographer.
In addition to several prizes voted on by the public, Jirí Kylián and his company have received numerous international distinctions, including the Sir Laurence Olivier Award (London, 2000) and Nijinsky Awards (Monte-Carlo, 2000) in three categories: choreographer, work and company. That same year, Kylian won the Edinburgh Festival’s Archangel for a joint production involving NDT I and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jirí Kylián and his ballets have been the subject of numerous films and documentaries. The most recent was Boris Paval Conen's Car-Men (2006), shot at a coal mine in the Czech Republic and based on a choreography written especially for the film. It received the Grand Prize at the 2007 International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal.
Over the course of his prolific career, the choreographer has received numerous honours, including the “Orde van Oranje Nassau” from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and the “Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur” from the French government. Jirí Kylián also received the medal of honour from the President of the Czech Republic, an honorary doctorate from the Juilliard School in New York, and two Benois de la danse. At the Gala of Dutch Dance in 2006, Kylián was given a “special appreciation” award: the Jirí Kylián ring.

After an inspired and tremendous service of thirty-six years, Jirí Kylián will stop working as resident choreographer for Nederlands Dans Theater The sixty-one year old master choreographer has expressed the wish to take things easier and have more time left for new challenges.

Anik Bissonnette
Artistic Director, dancer

Anik Bissonnette began her training at the École de danse Eddy Toussaint, primarily under Camilla Malashenko. In 1979, she joined Mr. Toussaint troupe, Le Ballet de Montréal Eddy Toussaint. Her extraordinary physical attributes – long arms, elegant hyperextended legs and high arches, combined with her feline agility and beautiful face – set her apart from the other dnacers and garnered her leading roles right from the start.

She created many leading roles in Mr. Toussaint’s choreographies, including Rose La tulipe (1979), Un simple moment (1981), Requiem de Mozart (1986), New World Symphony (1987), and Bonjour Brel (1988).

Under Mr. Toussaint artistic direction, Ms. Bissonnette formed a memorable partnership with Louis Robitaille. She starred in many televised productions with Le Ballet de Montréal Eddy Toussaint and performed in Night Magic, a film directed by Lewis Furey. Her participation in the 1984 Helsinki Ballet Competition netted Mr. Toussaint first prize for his choreography Un simple moment.

She danced the role of Giselle for the first time in Odessa, Russia, in 1988. The following year, she was invited to Toulouse, where she danced the part of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake with Laurent Hilaire, principal dancer with the Opéra de Paris. In 1991, she resumed the role, partnered by Éric Vu An, another Paris Opera étoile. She also danced the role of Juliet in Nicholas Beriozoff’s Romeo and Juliet, as well as Cinderella in the work of the same name.

In 1989, Ms. Bissonnette joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and was named principal dancer the following year, thus gaining access to roles that showcased the full range of her enormous talent. Leading roles in great classics like The Nutcracker, Coppelia, La fille mal gardée, Les Sylphides, Giselle and Swan Lake allowed audiences to appreciate her versatility. She performed the dramatic principal roles in Antony Tudor’s Jardin aux lilas and Pillar of Fire and in José Limon’s Moor’s Pavane. With her flawless technique, she has also performed in some 10 ballets by George Balanchine.

Throughout her career with Les Grands, Ms. Bissonnette has been fortunate to work with some of the greatest choreographers today, including James Kudelka, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Nils Christe and Hans van Manen. Montréal choreographer Ginette Laurin an a number of up-and-coming choreographer (including Kevin O’Day, Gioconda Barbuto, Septim Webre, Didy Veldman and Stijn Celis) have also had the pleasure of working with her. In 2001, she created the role of Lisa in Kim Brandstrup’s La Dame de pique.

Ms. Bissonnette performs regularly in galas around the world: Melbourne, Athens, Prague, Budapest, Thessaloniki, Montréal, New York City, Toronto, Vienne, Spoleto (Italy), Helsinki, Bratislav and many more. In 2005, she was invited by Carla Fracci of Rome’s teatro dell’Opera to revive the ballet La Chatte, wich Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal had staged for her in 1990. She performed recently in Vienna for the closing of Tanz für Europa.

In tandem with her stage career, Ms. Bissonnette is Artistic Director of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur. She is also the President of the Regroupement québécois de la danse since 2004.

Mário Radačovský
Artistic Director, choreographer, dancer

After graduating from the Eva Jaczova Dance Conservatory in Bratislava he joined the Ballet Company of the Slovak National Theatre in 1989. Within a short period of time he became a principal dancer and danced the leading roles in classical ballets and contemporary pieces (Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, Giselle, La Dame Aux Camélias, etc) He received acclaim for his ability to combine a brilliant dancing technique with a natural acting talent and a masculine expression.

In 1992 he was invited to join the Netherlands Dance Theatre Jiří Kilian’s in the Hague. During his seven years with this ensemble he had the opportunity to cooperate with the world-known choreographers Jiří Kilian, Mats Ek, Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Édouard Locke among others.
In 1999 he accepted the offer to become principal dancer – the main soloist in Les Grand Ballets Canadiens in Montreal. He was praised by both the public and the critics alike for his depiction of the main characters in the pieces Giselle, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Field Mass, Concerto Barocco, Pique Dame and others.

He returned to Ballet Company of the SND in 2000 in the role of Alberto in Giselle. In 2005 he brought to the Slovak National Theatre his own choreography A Change.
On 17 October 2006 he became Director of the Slovak National Theatre Ballet.
In the 2006/2007 season he created the choreography entitled Warhol, inspired by the life and work of the American artist of Slovak origin Andy Warhol. Since 2007 his dance miniatures Encounter with a Swan and Bolero are in the repertoire of the SND as well as his last piece 68, reflecting the 21 August 1968, military invasion to Czechoslovakia as a micro-story about people in borderline situations, which force them to make fateful reactions radically changing their lives.

Johan Inger

The Swede Johan Inger (Stockholm, 1967) had his dance training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and at the National Ballet School in Canada. From 1985 to 1990 he danced with the Swedish Royal Ballet in Stockholm, the last year performing as a soloist. Fascinated by the works of Kylián, Inger was convinced that a next step in his dance career should take him to Nederlands Dans Theater. In 1990 the hour had come. He joined Nederlands Dans Theater I and was a high-profile dancer in this company until 2002.
When Inger tried his hand at Nederlands Dans Theater's annual Choreography Workshops (now Switch), Jiří Kylián noticed his talent for choreography. After four workshop pieces Inger was allowed in 1995 to make his first choreography for Nederlands Dans Theater II. The resulting Mellantid marked his official debut as a choreographer. It was part of the Holland Dance Festival and was immediately a resounding success. It brought him the Philip Morris Finest Selection Award 1996 in the Contemporary Dance category. In 2001 Mellantid was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award in the Best New Dance Production category.
Since his debut, Inger has made various works for Nederlands Dans Theater (like Sammanfall, Couple of Moments, Round Corners). For his ballets Dream Play and Walking Mad he received the Lucas Hoving Production Award in October 2001. Walking Mad as it was later performed by Cullberg Ballet was awarded the Danza & Danza’s Award 2005. Inger himself was nominated by the VSCD Dance Panel for the Golden Theatre Dance Prize 2000 and received the Merit Award 2002 of Stichting Dansersfonds ’79.
Inger left Nederlands Dans Theater for the artistic leadership of Cullberg Ballet in 2003. Over the past five years he has made various choreographies for this company: Home and Home, Phases, In Two, Within Now, As if, Negro con Flores and Blanco. His most recent work was Point of eclipse (2007) at Cullberg Ballet's 40th anniversary. From the summer of 2008 Inger will stop being artistic leader so as to devote himself entirely to choreography. In February 2009 he will produce new work for Cullberg. As of season 2009-2010 Johan Inger will be associate choreographer for Nederlands Dans Theater.

Paul Lightfoot and Sol León

The choreographers' duo Sol León and Paul Lightfoot have been Nederlands Dans Theater's house choreographer since mid 2002. Paul Lightfoot (Kingsley, England) and Sol León (Córdoba, Spain) met in 1987 as dancers at Nederlands Dans Theater I. Both of them danced in many new works by Jiří Kylián and Hans van Manen. Since the beginning of their collaboration in 1991 the two of them have created almost thirty ballets for the three companies of Nederlands Dans Theater.
The most recent works are Said and Done (2001), Shutters Shut (2003), Subject to Change (2003), Postscript (2005) and Sleight of hand (2007) for Nederlands Dans Theater II and Safe as Houses (2001), Signing Off (2003), Source of Inspiration and Drawn Onward (2004), Silent Screen (2005), Shoot the Moon (2006) and Same Difference (2007) for Nederlands Dans Theater I. During the Holland Festival (May 2007) Lightfoot León made Sooner or Later, a huge production in former gasworks Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam. Recently Paul Lightfoot and Sol León have been awarded the international dance prize Benois de la Danse for Signing Off (2005), the Herald Archangel (Edinburgh International Festival 2006) and the Dutch VSCD dance prize Zwaan for best dance production 2005-2006 with Shoot the Moon. In 2007 Paul Lightfoot and Sol León initiated a charity project for street children in Bangladesh.

Gioconda Barbuto

Toronto born Gioconda Barbuto began her training with Gladys Forrester and pursued her artistic development at the Banff Centre and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She danced with the Minnesota Dance Theatre before becoming a soloist with Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, where she danced until 1996. After 16 years with Les Grands Ballets, Gioconda became an independent dancer and choreographer. She was nominated for the Kennedy Center Fellowship and was the recipient of the 1996 Clifford E. Lee choreography award. Her works can be seen in the repertoire of many Dance companies and on the television networks BRAVO and Opening Night CBC. Gioconda has performed with Danse Théâtre de Montréal, Fortier Danse-Création, Coleman/Lemieux and Margie Gillis Dance Foundation. In 1998, she was invited by Jiri Kylian to join Nederlands Dans Theater III in The Hague, Holland, with a group of high calibre dancers, all over the age of forty. Gioconda is featured in 2 of Jiri Kylian’s award winning films, Birth-Day and Car Men. After 8 years with NDT III, Gioconda continues to choreograph and dance for independent projects. In 2008 Gioconda choreographed and performed in her new project LifeLines in collaboration with Emily Molnar and Michael Slobodian. She also created for the Arts Umbrella Dance Company, and for McNight fellowship award winner Abdo Sayegh. Gioconda performed in Margie Gillis’s production of M.Body.7 and continues to perform at International Dance Festivals with Paradox (formerly NDT III). Upcoming events for 2008 include a new creation for Ballet Kelowna, Performances and touring of the Kylian le Grand production for the Danse Danse season, and Vancouver performances of the Lifelines production.

David Krügel

Born in 1959 David Krügel trained at the Keith Anderson Circus School and the University of Cape Town Ballet School in his native South Africa. He also studied at the David Howard Ballet School, New York, on a two year scholarship. He began dancing professionally in 1980 with P.A.C.T. Ballet ad hoc and has also performed with Béjart Ballet (Brussels), Ballet van Vlaanderen (Antwerp) and many other companies. Krügel was artistic director of the Bophuthatswana Dance Company and in 1991 he founded the Batho Dance Company.
In 1997 Krügel choreographed Two New Yorks for the Cape Town City Ballet and in 1998 restaged Black Slate with the Ballet Pretoria. He has won the FNB Vita Award for Dancer of the Year in 1995 and 1997 and the South African National Choreographic competition in 1989 and 1997.
David Krügel joined Nederlands Dans Theater III in 1998.

Francesco Nappa

Francesco Nappa was born in Napoli in 1974 and was trained there at the Accademia Napoletana di Danza Classica directed by Mara Fusco. During his studies he joined the "Balletto di Napoli” and receiving the Thomas Cook's scholarship he joined the senior class of the English National Ballet School.
In 1992 he joined Les Ballets de Monte Carlo where shortly was promoted soloist and than principal soloist.
In 2000 he joined the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen and two years later the Nederlands Dans Theater in Den Haag under the leadership of Anders Hellstrom.
In 2005 he rejoined Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and since the summer 2008 he started of his carrier as a freelance artist.

He has worked, created and performed pieces by choreographers such as: O.Anderson,K.Armitage,T.Brandsen,S.L.Cherkaoui,B.D’At,N.Duato,

He was awarded for several prices:
Li Galli d'oro 1991, Leonide Massine 1994- carrier price, Danza & Danza 1998, Roscigno Danza 2007in Italy and the Svenage Larsen price 2001 in Denmark.

Megumi Nakamura

Born in Yokohama on January 17, 1970.
Studies classic ballet with Reiko Ogura, a resident of Yokohyama, from 1975-1988.
1987 Receives IBM Prize in the Japan-Asia-Pacific ballet competition sponsored by the Ballet Association.
1988 Receives Professional Prize at the Prix de Lausanne ballet competition.
Joins Le jeune Ballet de France.
1990-1991 Joins Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.
1991-1993 Joins Nederlands dans theater II
1993-1999 Joins Nederlands dans theater I
1999 Becomes independent.

2000 : Creates and performs three solo dances, Dream-Window, Sand-Flower, Forgetting Room, produced by Korzo Theater. Sand Flower chosen one of ten best dances in the Netherlands in 2000. Nakamura invited to Maastricht Dans dagen. Dream Window receives Golden Theater Prize in the Netherlands.
2001 : Guest appearance in dance project Kaze directed by Finnish dancer Tero Saarinen. Participates in Venice Biennale festival and Cannes Dance Festival.
Gives first world performance of Black Bird, solo evening choreographed by Jiri Kylian, at Saitama Art Theater. Receives Nimura Dance Prize in 2002 for this performance, the youngest dancer ever to receive it.
Performs In Transit, new work by Portuguese choreographer Bruno Listopad, at Holland Dance Festival.
2002 : Creates Once, a dance commissioned by Pite Rogei Dance Group of the Netherlands. The dance is subsequently performed at many venues in the Netherlands.
Another Time, choreographed for La Contraste, a Tokyo dance company, performed at Aoyama Theater in the Round.
Performs Black Bird 02 in “Kyrian Festival” at Saitama Art Theater. A new dance, Study of Lost Things, shown at the same festival. Teaches Kyrian dances in summer workshops with the Rambert Dance Company of London and at the Paris Opera, the Munich Opera, the Monte Carlo Ballet, the Swedish Gothenburg Opera, Japan Womens’ Physical Education University, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance in the United States.
2003 : Performs lost things, produced by Saitama Art Theater.
Creates Peach, a dance for young people.
Performs first form, a work by Bruno Listopad.
2004 : Appears in Flow, choreographed by Dylan Newcomb and produced by KorzoTheater.
Performs Kyrian’s Black Bird at “Dance Salad Festival” in Huston, Texas.
Street dance performance with three friends previously associated with NDT I in Montpellier, France.
Appears in Carmen Rozen’s dance film which was filmed on location in San Francisco.
Performs in duet dance, first form, choreographed by Listopad. This dance chosen as candidate for best work prize in 2003 Maastricht Dans dagen.
Participates in Netherlands tour of Dylan Newcomb’s Flow.
2005 : Holds dance workshop at Saitama Art Theater.
Creates A Play of a Play, produced by Saitama Art Theater. Performs it in Saitam and Itami.
Creates Cinque Tete, commissioned by the Rotterdam Dance Academy which organizes Holland Dance Festival.
Choreographs and performs solo dance, Mirror, at Den Haag’s Zeebelt Theater.
Teaches Kyrian dances at Lyon Conservatory and the Sweden Gothenburg Opera.
Performs Kyrian’s Black Bird at “Back to Basic,” a special tenth anniversary program at Holland Dance Festival.
2006 : Choreographs and performs 1 to the 6th Power, produced by Korzo Theater and performed in the Hague and Amsterdam.
Teaches Kyrian dances at the Amsterdam Ballet Academy.
Coaches Kyrian dances as a contemporary theme at Prix de Lausanne ballet competition. Solo performance of Black Bird at Prix de Lausanne gala.
Appears in Play of the Day, choreographed by Karine Guizzo and produced by Korzo Theater.
Performs Kyrian’s Black Bird at Marseilles Dance Festival in France.
Performs Black Bird in special Kyrian program at Saint-Sauveur Art Festival” in Canada.
Dance workshop and showing at Saitama Art Theater.
2007 : Coaches Kyrian dances as a contemporary theme at Prix de Lausanne ballet competition. Performs improvisational solo at Prix de Lausanne gala.
Invited to teach contemporary master class at Lisbon National Concervatory in Portugal.
Appointed regular instructor of contemporary class at Tokyo Noma Ballet in May.
Participates in “Artist in Studio, May-June 2007” at BankART NYK Studio.
Film of dance sketch, Out Shipped Cocoon, with six dancers shown in open program.
Participates in “Children’s Music Hall 2007 – Music Lab@School” with Tokyo Philharmonic. Dances to Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet.”
Appears in noon dance performance, “Vous trouvez pas qu’il me resamble?” at Asahi Art Square, organized by Rie Matsuzaki. Performs a dance by Matsuzaki and another choreographed by herself.
Establishes Dance Sanga, in Honmoku, Yokohama as base for her activities.

Lesley Telford

Lesley Telford was born in Vancouver, B.C., where she began her training. She finished her studies in Montreal at L´École Supérieur de Danse du Québec before joining Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in 1992 under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. She went on to dance with Nacho Duato´s Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid, Spain as a principal dancer. Since 2001, she has been dancing with the Nederlands Dans Theater I where she has been a part of the creation of many works by resident choreographer Jirí Kylián, as well as working with choreographers such as Paul Lightfoot, William Forsythe, Matz Ek, Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Crystal Pite and others. For the past few years she has choreographed for the yearly NDT workshops and in 2006 she created a piece for the Nederlands Dans Theater program: Upcoming Choreographers. She also created for Hubbard Street Dance Company 2 in 2008.

The Ballet at the Slovak National Theater

One of the most important culture institutions in Slovakia, the Slovak National Theater (SNT), began to write its history in 1920. The present SNT is a repertory theatre and consists of three parts with their own constant artistic companies: Drama, Opera and Ballet. The theatre presents its performances on four stages almost every day. The theatrical season starts in September and ends in June.

The History of Ballet Company of Slovak National Theater started in 1920 when the Company presented its first Premiere. It was Coppelia by L. Delibes in choreography by Vaclav Kalina, the first artistic director of Ballet Company of SNT.
Since that time there have been eleven artistic directors leading the Company. It is necessary to mention directing of Achille Vischusi, Maximilian Froman, Stanislav Remar or Boris Slovak. Karol Toth and Emil Tomas Bartko have led the Company the longest period and we can say that their influence to forming the Company was the most significant.
Mario Radačovský, Slovak dancer and choreographer, who has performed for a long time abroad (Nederlands Dans Theater, Grand Ballets Canadians in Montreal), became an artistic director of the Ballet Company in October 2006.

The repertory of the Company mainly consists of the classical ballet literature as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Bajadere, Sylfide or Nutcracker. Choreographers who have originally come from the Russian Ballet School are responsible for staging most of these ballets. The new management of Ballet Company tries to enrich existing repertory with modern pieces and attract new especially young audiences.
This new understanding of dramaturgy is represented by works by Jiri Kylian (Un Ballo, Six dances), Mario Radacovsky ( Warhol, Bolero, 68, Inspiration) and Lukas Timulak (Real Time) or premiere piece in process of preparation Ivan the Terrible by choreographer Libor Vaculík.

Production credits

Video team
Sophie Bissonnette

Graphic design and direction:
Denis Dulude

Photo Director:
Maxime B. Théoret
Denis Dulude

Original music:
Christian Thomas

Sound editing and mix:
Michael E. Delaney

Video consultant:
Jason Rodi
Studio Redbox:
Richard Pichet
Jonathan Laberge

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