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Jiri Kylian
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Author:  Azlan [ Sun Nov 14, 1999 6:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Jiri Kylian

pidge, in the program Michael and I saw, Hubbard also did Nacho Duato's Rassemblement (The Gathering). However, I thought this was one of the less effective pieces of the evening. Somehow, the political overtones of slavery and freedom didn't quite work for me in this dance piece.<p>[This message has been edited by Azlan (edited 11-14-1999).]

Author:  pidge [ Mon Nov 15, 1999 8:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Jiri Kylian

Azlan,<P>I've never seen Rassemblemant, but I know Les Grands has done it in the past. Please tell me (and the board) about your opinions on your piece... and also some more descriptions about the piece...<P>pidge

Author:  Azlan [ Tue Nov 16, 1999 8:34 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Jiri Kylian

pidge, oh, oh, I was afraid someone might ask... let me work on it.<P>Michael, help?<p>[This message has been edited by Azlan (edited 11-16-1999).]

Author:  Azlan [ Sun Nov 28, 1999 4:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Jiri Kylian

Okay, so here's my take on Rassemblement. It's almost a narrative ballet, about African slaves, and is broken into several parts. There is first the family scene where the men and women dance together; then there is the enslavement and subsequent "hardship" scenes; and finally, there is the freedom scene, replete with "liberte, liberte" in the lyrics.<P>The dancing was mostly sensuous. There is a certain body and hip swaying that is very alluring on the women. The strength of the enslaved men was also accentuated in the dancing style, I suppose to show the frustrating impotence of strength.<P>I personally didn't enjoy the work as much as I could because I felt the message was a bit too thick. And the "liberte" scene at the end was too contrived. We all know that did not happen in the lifetimes of most slaves. So, in short, I liked the dancing but not the theme.

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