Silent Cries


« Many people have to undergo difficult trials in their attempts to discover and accept themselves in accordance with the nature of their beings. Finding a reason for our existence, and finding a suitable surrounding in which this process should take place, leads us often along lonely, deserted paths.

Silent Cries is an elementary choreographic study of an introspective nature. It portrays in a stylized and dissected manner this process of self-recognition and acceptance. The music, only ten minutes long, was written in two years of great inspiration and struggle. It became a very rare merging of an immaculate knowledge of a craftsman, and an unreachable dream of a poet. Its beauty is the driving force, which will always make us stretch our arms and run towards it, in a hopeless and eternal trance. It takes the listener from one dreamscape to another, without ever letting him become part of it.
L'Après-midi d'un faune is in my eyes too celestial a creation to be personified by human beings. Our physical realization merely reacts on it and gives a comment of a personal character.

I have created this work in close collaboration with my wife - Sabine - who has shared good and difficult times with me for over twenty years. It is choreographed in her honour, celebrating her beauty, her imperfection and doubts ». Jirí Kylián

Choreography: Jiri Kylian
Music: Claude Debussy
Scenography and costume: Jiri Kylian
Lighting: Kees Tjebbes
Duration: 13 min

World premiere on April 17th 1986, Circustheater Scheveningen
Premiere by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo on December 31st 2009, Grimaldi Forum Monaco